(Which is the reason for the strange chapter title.)
The Hirschy Geneaology
of Philip Hirschy (1787-1831)
Julianna Frey (1795-1893)
by David L. Habegger
Research: Halberts of Bath, Ohio The surname Hirschy appears to be locational in origin, and is believed to be associated with the Germans, meaning, "dweller at the sign of the red-deer." Dictionaries of surnames indicate probable spelling variations. The most prominent variations of Hirschy are Hersh, Hershey and Hersch. Family mottos are believed to have originated as battle cries in medieval times. A motto was not recorded with the Hirschy Coat of Arms. Information indicates that there are approximately 150 heads of household in the United States with the Hirschy name. The United States Census Bureau estimates that there are approximately 3.2 persons per household which yields an approximate total of 465 people in the United States carrying the Hirschy name.
Research: Historical Research Center The Swiss family name Hirschy is classified as being of habitation origin. With regard the family name Hirschy, it is a diminutive of Hirsch, derived from the Old High German "hiruz" meaning "stag" and indicating "one who dwelled by the sign of the little stag". Variants of the surname Hirschy include Hirschi, and Hirsch. One of the earliest references to this name or to a variant is a record from Cologne of "eine domus supra qua stat Cervus" (a house distinguished by the sign of the stag) which appears in 1170. Other mentions include: Jacobus dictus zum Hirze, a citizen of Worms in 1304. Jean Hirschy and Barbe Verkler were married in Herbeviller in 1841.
Research: Halberts of Bath, Ohio Source: Reistap Armorial General Deux ramures de cerf l'une d'or; l'autre de gu., entre deus proboscides de gu., et d'or. Which means: Two stag's antlers, the one gold, the other red, between two elephant's trunks, red and gold. (See "Coat of Arms 1" for the crest - above the helm)
Research: Historical Research Center Source: Siebmacher's Wappenbuch bg.6,86 The stag of the arms issuing. Which means: (If you know, let me know so I can put it here)
Research: Halberts of Bath, Ohio Source: Reistap Armorial General De hueules a une tete et col de cerf lampasse de gu. Which means: Red; a red head and neck of a stag, tongued red.
Research: Historical Research Center Source: Siebmacher's Wappenbuch bg.6,86 Sable, on a mound of three vert, a stag courant proper. Which means: (If you know, let me know so I can put it here) I DO know that sable symbolizes the planet Saturn and signifies constancy.