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Updated June 9, 2019

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Exalted ruler
  • German : Shining army

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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.

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