What does Germaine mean?
Germaine /ger-mai-ne/ [2 sylls.] 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 "brother; from Germany".
Feminine of Germain, from the Roman name Germānus meaning "brother". May also mean "from Germany". Saint Germaine Cousin (16th century) was the daughter of a French farmer. She was canonized in 1867 and this may have led to use of the name among English speakers. Modern use may be homage to famous author and feminist Germaine Greer. See also Jermaine.
Related girl name: Charmaine.Kreatif forms: Germaina, Germainia, Germaite. [more]
How popular is Germaine?
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. in the 1900s, 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)