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Where did the German Hershberger family come from? What is the German Hershberger family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hershberger family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hershberger family history?

The roots of the distinguished German surname Hershberger lie in Silesia. The name literally means "deer, hart," and is likely of occupational origin. The initial bearer of the name was probably a herdsman or a keeper of deer.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Hirsch, Hirsche, Hirschel, Hirsh, Hersch, Herschel and many more.

First found in Silesia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hershberger research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1791, 1808, 1818, 1831, 1869, 1888, and 1896 are included under the topic Early Hershberger History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joseph Hirsch, who came to Philadelphia in 1731; as did Peter Hirsch in the same year, as well as Simon Hirsch in 1740 and Martin Hirsch in 1749; Adolph Hirsch, who came to Texas in 1859.

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  • Willard McKee Hershberger (1910-1940), American Major League Baseball catcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1938 to 1940
  • Pete Hershberger (b. 1949), American Republican Party politician, Member of the Arizona House of Representatives (2001-)
  • Norman Michael "Mike" Hershberger (1939-2012), American Major League Baseball outfielder for the Chicago White Sox from 1961 to 1971
  • Sally Hershberger, famous American hair stylist
  • Guy F. Hershberger (1896-1989), American Mennonite theologian, educator, historian, and prolific author
  • Ross E. Hershberger, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1956, 1960, 1964; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 18th District, 1956, 1958


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  2. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  8. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  9. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Hershberger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hershberger Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 11 December 2015 at 11:31.

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