Herod Name Meaning

English (chiefly Nottinghamshire): nickname from the personal name Herod (Greek Herodes, apparently derived from heros ‘hero’), borne by the king of Judea (died ad 4) who at the time of the birth of Christ ordered that all male children in Bethlehem should be slaughtered (Matthew 2: 16–18). In medieval mystery plays Herod was portrayed as a blustering tyrant, and the name was therefore given to someone one who had played the part, or who had an overbearing temper. English: variant of Harold (1 or 2). Greek: shortened form of Herodiadis, a patronymic from the classical personal name Herodion. This was the name of a relative of St. Paul and an early Bishop of Patras, venerated in the Orthodox Church. Herodes ‘Herod’ is also found in Greek as a nickname for a violent man, but this is less likely to be the source of the surname.

List of People with Surname Herod

Based on our public records, there are a total of 883 people with the surname Herod. Among these people surnamed Herod, there are approximately 244 distinct names, with an average of 3 people who share the same name. John Herod, David Herod and Michael Herod are the top three most widely-used names from the list of people surnamed Herod, with 26, 22 and 18 people respectively.

In addition, Our data shows that Texas has the most people surnamed Herod, with a total of 234 people, and there are a total of 142 distinct names among these people. California is the second-most populous state for people with the surname Herod, with a total of 65 people and an average of 50 distinct names.