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|The meaning of the name Herring:|
- 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.
|Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, Mar 2003|
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Herring family DNA Project
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