From Middle High German hurst, from Old High German hurst, from Proto-Germanic *hurstiz. The modern vocalism is Central and Low German (compare Middle Low German horst). Cognate to Dutch horst, English hurst.
- the nest of a bird of prey, an eyrie
- (literary) bush; thicket; small forest
- (short for Fliegerhorst) military airport; air force base
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.
Horst m (genitive Horsts (avoided))
- A male given name
From the name, which has come to be regarded as dated and “uncool”.