What does Germaine mean?
Germaine \ge-rmai-ne, ger-maine\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Germaine) is pronounced jer-MAYNE. It is of Latin and French origin, and the meaning of Germaine is "brotherly; from Germany". Feminine of Germain, from a Roman name meaning "brother". May also mean "from Germany". Saint Germaine (16th century) was a French shepherdess. Modern use may be homage to famous author and feminist Germaine Greer.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Charmaine.
Germaine is a very popular first name for females (#1005 out of 4276, Top 23%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#18811 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Germaine for girls. Germaine entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its top position of #504 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Charmaine is the only other popular variation form of Germaine appearing in the Top 1000. Adoption of these girl names was at its most widespread during 1930-1939 (usage of 0.3395%) and is now significantly lower, with the forms Charmaine and Germaine becoming less stylish. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Germaine and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)