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Updated March 26, 2024

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Family name origins & meanings

  • German : topographic name from Middle High German kirse ‘cherry (tree)’. It may also have been a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of cherries or a nickname for a man with a ruddy complexion.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : ornamental name from German Kirsche ‘cherry’, one of the many names taken from words for trees and other features of the natural world. The surname is from either the German or the northeastern or western Yiddish form of the word. Compare Karsh.

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