Herbst Family History
Herbst Name Meaning
German: nickname from Middle High German herb(e)st ‘harvest’. The modern German word Herbst has come to mean ‘fall’ the time of year when the harvest takes place. The exact application of the nickname is not clear; perhaps it referred to a peasant who had certain obligations to his master at the time of the harvest or it may have been acquired for some other anecdotal reason which is now lost. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine) Poland Czechia Croatia and Slovenia. In part it is a Gottscheerish (i.e. Gottschee German) surname originating from the Kočevsko region in Lower Carniola Slovenia (see Kocevar ). Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Herbst ‘fall’ perhaps reflecting the season when the name was first taken or given. In some cases it seems to have been one of the group of names referring to the seasons that were distributed at random by government officials when surnames became compulsory. Compare Fruhling Winter and Summer .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022