Boy name origins & meanings
- Old English : Exalted ruler
- German : Shining army
Family name origins & meanings
- German, Dutch, English, and French : from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements heri, hari ‘army’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. In Britain, this Old French name, introduced by the Normans, reinforced the less common Old English cognate Herebeorht. The surname was taken to Ireland after the Anglo-Norman invasion and in the 16th century.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from the German personal name.