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Gender: Male Meaning of Hershel: "deer" Origin of Hershel: Hebrew

The name Hershel is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "deer". Hershel and is often added to lists like Names with Animal Meanings and discussed in our forums with posts like "How to spell a name".

From the experts:

Gentle meaning and bona fide Hebrew history, but feels old-mannish, like Herman and Menashe.

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Famous People Named Hershel

Hershel McGriff, American NASCAR driver
Hershel Schachter, American rabbi and Talmudic scholar
Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williams, American WWII hero
Hershel Wayne Gober, former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Hershel of Ostropol, Ukrainian prankster folk hero

Pop Culture References for the name Hershel

Hershel Greene, character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
Professor Hershel Layton, main character in the Professor Layton video game series
Hershel Agasa, character in anime "Case Closed"

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FractalShadow Says:


This name does feel "old," but it also feels charmingly masculine, classy, and sweet. Hershey is a cute nickname too.

letmein Says:


The meaning may be lackluster but, I really like the name.

autumnreverie Says:


I developed a love for it after seeing it on The Walking Dead.

cyoung325 Says:


I'm kind of shocked that people think it sounds old because I've never heard the name before The Walking Dead. I like that it sounds masculine yet soft, similar to popular Noah yet it isn't common at all. I also love that the nickname Hershey is a possibility!

Zelliew Says:


Sounds too old

writtenmania Says:


i love this name hershel omg