The Book of Hirschys

Chapter 3

A Short "Hirschy History", Crest(s) and Coat(s) of Arms


Add a Crest, Coat of Arms, History, or submit a heraldry translation

History 1 | History 2
Crest 1 | Crest 2
Coat of Arms 1 | Coat of Arms 2

The name was researched by two different companies, so far, and they came up with two different histories, two different crests and two different coats of arms...go figure!
(Which is the reason for the strange chapter title.)
They're all presented here for your enjoyment/entertainment/enlightenment.
According to David L. Habegger, who wrote the geneology listed below, there was no nobility in my branch of the family tree and therefore no crest or coat of arms!
A caveat - there is some question about the validity of the geneology material researched by certain companies - no representation is made for the accuracy of any material presented here.
For a good reference on my branch of the Hirschy family, see:

The Hirschy Geneaology
The Descendants
of Philip Hirschy (1787-1831)
and
Julianna Frey (1795-1893)
by David L. Habegger

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History 1
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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.





History 2
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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.





Crest 1
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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)








Crest 2
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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)












Coat of Arms 1
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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.



Coat of Arms 2
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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.








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