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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • South German : nickname from Middle High German hert(e) ‘hard’, ‘coarse’, ‘crude’; perhaps occasionally also from a house name, from herde ‘stove’.
  • German : from a personal name, Herto, a short form of any of the Germanic compound names beginning with hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.
  • Dutch : variant of Herd 3.

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