Hern is an English masculine given name meaning "mythical hunter". There are variants including the English Herne ("mythical hunter God"), associated with Herne the Hunter. Hern is also common as a surname, including the British Isles variant "A'hern" and the Irish variant "O'Hern". Recorded alternative spellings include Harn, Hearns , Hearn, Hearne and Herne. People with the name Hern include:
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- Dick Hern (1921–2002), British horse trainer
- Riley Hern (1880–1929), Canadian ice hockey goaltender
- Tom Hern (born 1984), New Zealand actor
- Warren Hern (born ?), American physician
- Basia A'Hern (born 1989), English-born Australian actor
- Nicholas A'Hern (born 1969), Australian race walker
- Bertie Ahern (born 1951), Taoiseach of Ireland from 1997-2008.
- Nick O'Hern (born 1971), Australian golfer
- Hern is an archaic term for a heron
- The term has also become a synonym for "an American" (with the associated adjective "Hernian") among fans of The Goon Show, following the Goons' habit of parodying American accents with repetitions of "hern"
- The term was also used on television in the early 1960s by Red Skelton, who was playing a visiting Martian in a skit and asked a passerby on the street if he "had change for a hern", the Martian unit of currency
- "Hern meaning and Hern origin, relative names". babynamecollection.com. Retrieved 2007-12-30.