Usage: Herschel, of Hebrew origin, is not a popular first name. It is more often used as a boy (male) name.
People having the name Herschel are in general originating from Israel, United Kingdom, United States of America.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 6.
The name Herschel is ranked on the 12,813th position of the most used names. It means that this name is rarely used.
We estimate that there are at least 8700 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.001% of the population.
The name Herschel has eight characters. It means that it is relatively long-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Herschel for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
Herschel is a German and Jewish surname with the possible meanings:
- sorghum or millet (German Hirse) for someone working with such cereals
- deer (German Hirsch) for a hunter or as a sobriquet (“nimble like a deer”)
The name is closely tied to the Herschel family, an Anglo-German family of renowned astronomers:
- Sir William Herschel (1738–1822), astronomer and composer, discoverer of Uranus
- Caroline Lucretia Herschel (1750–1848), astronomer and singer, sister of Sir William Herschel
- John Frederick William Herschel (1792–1871), mathematician and astronomer, son of Sir William Herschel
- Alexander Stewart Herschel (1836–1907), astronomer, grandson of Sir William Herschel
- William James Herschel (1833–1917), grandson of Sir William Herschel
Other notable people or families with the surname Herschel, Hershel, Herschell or Hershell include:
- Allan Herschell (1851–1927), creator of amusement park rides
- Farrer Herschell, 1st Baron Herschell (1837–1899), and hence the Baron Herschell line
Herschel can also be used as a first name:
- Hershel of Ostropol, an 18th-century Jewish prankster in Ukraine
- Herschell Gordon Lewis (born 1929), a U.S. filmmaker, dubbed the Godfather of Gore
- Herschelle Gibbs, South African cricketer
- B. Herschel Babbage South Australian explorer, son of Charles Babbage
- Herschel Krustofski, fictional character from The Simpsons, better known as “Krusty The Clown”.
- Herschel Walker, American football player
- Herschel Curry Smith, American Track Coach and athlete
- Hershel Greene, fictional character from the Walking Dead series.
Herschel could also refer to a place:
- Herschel, Eastern Cape, small town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa
- The planet Uranus, for a time known as Herschel after its discoverer Sir William Herschel
- Herschel (crater), various craters in the solar system named after William Herschel
- Herschel (Martian crater)
- C. Herschel (crater)
- Herschel (lunar crater)
- Herschel (Mimantean crater)
- J. Herschel (crater)
- Herschel Island
- Herschel, Saskatchewan
Herschel may also refer to:
- Herschel Girls School, a private day and boarding school for girls in Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa
- Herschel Space Observatory, ESA’s far infrared space telescope
- William Herschel Telescope, Ground-based telescope on La Palma
- Herschel Museum of Astronomy
- Herschel Greer Stadium
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