Hershel is typically a name given to boys. The name originated from the Yiddish language, which is a fusion of Old German, Aramaic, and Hebrew elements. It first appeared in the United States birth registries in the year 1880 but has since lost popularity with only a little over 10,000 new babies being documented on the U.S. Social Security Administration data records. In the US, the most common version of this name is Herschel.
The meaning of Hershel is ‘deer’. Some believe that children with the name Hershel are typically sensitive and gentle beings who grow up to become talented artists and scientists. In Germany, the name is related to the famous family of astronomers, the Herchell family that lived in the 17th century. They were a family of astronomers and composers; one of the brothers, William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.