Boy name origins & meanings
- English : Small fish
Family name origins & meanings
- English, Scottish, Dutch, and German : metonymic occupational name for a herring fisher or for a seller of the fish, Middle English hering, Dutch haring, Middle High German hærinc. In some cases it may have been a nickname in the sense of a trifle, something of little value, a meaning which is found in medieval phrases and proverbial expressions such as ‘to like neither herring nor barrel’, i.e. not to like something at all.
- German : habitational name from Herringen in Westphalia.
- Dutch : from a personal name, a derivative of a Germanic compound name with the first element hari, heri ‘army’.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic) : variant spelling of Hering.