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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from Middle High German herre, German Herr ‘master’, ‘lord’; a nickname for someone who gave himself airs and behaved in a lordly manner, or an occupational name for someone in the service of the lord of the manor. As a Jewish surname it is often ornamental.
  • Breton : variant of Her.
  • Irish : variant spelling of Hare 4.

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