When Hans Jacob Herzog was born on 4 May 1747, in Wigoltingen, Thurgau, Switzerland, his father, Hanss Conrad Hertzog, was 45 and his mother, Anna Koesslin, was 24. He married Susanna Forster on 5 October 1772, in Wigoltingen, Thurgau, Switzerland. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 7 daughters. He died on 19 December 1807, in Altishausen, Thurgau, Switzerland, at the age of 60.
Some characteristic forenames: German Hans, Erwin, Fritz, Heinz, Kurt, Otto, Wolfgang, Franz, Arno, Ernst, Hildegarde, Reinhold.
German: from the Middle High German title of nobility herzoge ‘duke’ (Old High German herizoho, from heri ‘army’ + ziohan ‘to lead’, a calque of the Byzantine title stratēlatēs ‘general, commander’, from Greek stratos ‘army’ + elaunein ‘to lead’). The name is unlikely to refer to descent from an actual duke; it is normally an occupational name for the servant of a duke or a nickname for one who put on the airs and graces of a duke. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine), Poland, Czechia, and Slovenia (see also 3 below). Compare Hertzog .
Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Herzog ‘duke’ (see 1 above). Compare Graf and Kaiser .
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