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Borrowed from German and Dutch Horst.

Proper noun[edit]

Horst (plural Horsts)

  1. A surname.


  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Horst is the 3831st most common surname in the United States, belonging to 9245 individuals. Horst is most common among White (96.3%) individuals.

Further reading[edit]




  • (Limburg) First attested as horst in 1275. Derived from Middle Dutch horst (overgrown elevated place).
  • (Gelderland) First attested as horsterbosch around 1450. Derived from horst (overgrown elevated place).
  • (Noord-Brabant) First attested as Horst in 1697. Derived from horst (overgrown elevated place).
  • (Flevoland) Derived from horst (overgrown elevated place).

The surname derives from one of the senses of horst or from one of the toponyms.


Proper noun[edit]

Horst n

  1. A village and former municipality of Horst aan de Maas, Limburg, Netherlands.
    Synonym: Dreumelrijk (Carnival nickname)
  2. A hamlet in Ermelo, Gelderland, Netherlands.
  3. A hamlet in Gilze en Rijen, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands.
  4. A neighbourhood of Lelystad, Flevoland, Netherlands.
  5. a surname

Derived terms[edit]


  • van Berkel, Gerard, Samplonius, Kees (2018) “horst”, in Nederlandse plaatsnamen verklaard[1] (in Dutch), Mijnbestseller.nl, →ISBN


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  • IPA(key): /hɔʁst/, [hɔʁst], [hɔɐ̯st]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German hurst, from Old High German hurst, from Proto-West Germanic *hursti. The modern vocalism is Central and Low German (compare Middle Low German horst). Cognate to Dutch horst, English hurst.


Horst m (strong, genitive Horstes or Horsts, plural Horste)

  1. the nest of a bird of prey, an eyrie
  2. (literary) bush; thicket; small forest
  3. (short for Fliegerhorst) military airport; air force base
  4. (geology) horst
    Synonym: Horstscholle
Derived terms[edit]
  • English: horst
  • French: horst

Etymology 2[edit]

Uncertain. Possibly related to the common noun (etymology 1). First used in an 18th-century play, taken into regular use in the 19th century, popular after 1920, now rare for a child. Compare etymology 3.

Proper noun[edit]

Horst m (proper noun, strong, genitive Horsts)

  1. a male given name

Etymology 3[edit]

From the name, which has come to be regarded as dated and “uncool”.


Horst m (strong, genitive Horstes, plural Horste)

  1. (colloquial, youth slang) loser; nerd; idiot
    Alter, du bist so ein Horst!
    Mate, you're such an idiot!

Further reading[edit]

  • Horst” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Horst” in Duden online
  • Horst” in Duden online