Hirsch Surname Genealogy
Hirsch derives from the Old German word hirsch
meaning “deer” and described either someone who was a game hunter or
who was a
keeper of deer. It began as a first
name, first recorded in 1170, and had become a surname by the 14th
century. Hirsch can also be Jewish. The deer meaning had associations with the
Hebrew name Naphtali and Hirsch was often adopted as a Jewish
Hirsch Resources on
- Saga of the Hirsch Migrations
Hirsch from Lithuania.
name was particularly prominent in Bavaria, which is perhaps not
this region is heavily forested and famous for its hunting. Today the Hirsch population numbers about
20-25,000 in Germany, with a concentration around Nuremburg, and a
across the border in Austria.
Johannes Franz Hirsch started a small leather workshop for shoes and
lower Austria and his descendants still run the company today. Baron Maurice von Hirsch was a
Jewish philanthropist from Munich whose grandfather was the first
landowner in Bavaria and whose father acted as banker for the Bavarian
immigrants came mostly from
German-speaking lands, early into Pennsylvania and later, mainly Jewish
all across the country. There were Jewish Hirsches from Lithuania
as well, such as Rabbi Mayer Zvi Hirsch who came
to San Francisco in 1907.
Hirsch from the Rhine Palatine arrived
sometime in the 1750’s and settled initially in Montgomery
county. Many descendants later adopted the Harsh or Hersh
Hirsch also came from the Rhine Palatine but left there at a
time, following the failed revolutions of 1848.
He settled at first in Erie county, Pennsylvania before moving
where he acted as the spiritual leader of the German community in
Jewish immigrants arrived before the Civil War, finding business as
merchants in the
Hirsch came from Alsace in 1852 and set up a general store
with partners in Batesville, Arkansas. He spent the Civil War
smuggling on the Confederate side.
Hirsch came from Germany to America in
1853 and later made his home in Memphis, Tennessee.
He became a successful cotton merchant.
E.D. Hirsch, born in Memphis in 1928, made
his name as an English professor in cultural literacy.
Hirsch from Germany started with his brothers a clothing shop in
1863. The store, burned down by Sherman
in the following year, later grew into a successful department store. Joseph was able to win election to the city
- Jules Hirsch from Alsace came to Houston from Alsace in 1871
to make his
fortune. He prospered as an investor in
the Humble oil field. Part of that land
is now the Hirsch Memorial Park. His son
Maurice served with distinction during World War Two.
Emile Hirsch, also from Alsace, came to Plaquemine, Louisiana in the
1880’s, opened a furniture store, and later became a successful real
West Coast Others
headed West. Five
brothers from Wurtemburg were drawn to California by the Gold Rush, but
had moved north to Portland, Oregon where they prospered as Jewish
and later as politicians:
state senator in 1872 and almost became the US Senator for Oregon in
Edward was appointed State Treasurer in
1878, a post he held for nine years.
Hirsch, representing a later generation,
arrived from Germany in 1886 and, together with his son Harold, built
White Stag skiwear company in Portland to be one of the largest skiwear
companies in the world
Hirsch from the Black Forest area of Germany came to Irvington,
(near San Francisco) in 1867. He was one
of its first settlers and opened a general store there.
has remained in Irvington, now part of the city of Fremont.
Hirsch numbers in England were few in the
19th century, as there was little Hirsch immigration at that time. A few came in the 1930’s escaping the
Nazis. Kurt Hirsch left Berlin for
London in 1934 for these reasons. He was
interned in England during the war as an alien but flourished
afterwards as a
Canada. John Hirsch survived World War
Hungary but lost both his parents in Auschwitz.
He subsequently arrived as a child refugee in Canada and was
a family in Winnipeg. He became the
legendary co-founder of the Manitoba Theater Center.
If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:
Baron von Hirsch was a wealthy philanthropist from Bavaria who founded in
1881 a benevolent trust in America for Jewish immigrants.
Joel Hirsch was an award-winning racing columnist and founding
of the National Turf Writers Association.
Sy Hersh is an investigating journalist best known for his
exposure of the My Lai imassacre in Vietnam in 1969.
George Hirsch is a magazine publisher and co-founder in 1976 of the New
Select Hirschs Today
- 7,000 in America (most numerous in New York)
- 3,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)
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