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Hirsch Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German hir(t)z ‘deer’, ‘stag’; a metonymic occupational name for a keeper of deer, a nickname for someone thought to resemble a deer or stag, or a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a stag. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish male personal name Hirsh ‘deer’, which is common because of the association of the deer with the Hebrew personal name Naphtali, deriving from the blessing by Jacob of his sons (Genesis 49: 21), in which Naphtali is referred to as ‘a hind let loose’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Hirsch or Yiddish hirsh ‘deer’, one of the many Ashkenazic surnames taken from vocabulary words denoting wildlife.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Kirsch, Harsch, Hersch, Horch, Horsch, Liesch, Kirch, Hirsh, Hosch

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You can see how Hirsch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hirsch family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hirsch families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 19 Hirsch families living in Quebec. This was about 41% of all the recorded Hirsch's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Hirsch families in 1911.
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What did your Hirsch ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Hirsch. 79% of Hirsch men worked as a Farmer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    79%
  • Farmers Son
    22%
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Passenger Lists

There are 39,000 immigration records available for the last name Hirsch. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Hirsch. For the veterans among your Hirsch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hirsch lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Hirsch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Hirsch in 1943 was 31, and 80 in 2004.

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