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What does Germain mean?

Germain Pronunciation of Germain [ger-main] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Germain) is pronounced jer-MAYN. It is of French and Latin origin, and the meaning of Germain is "brother; from Germany". From Latin Germânus, the name of seven saints. The saints were named for their national origin, the most famous of whom gave his name to a church in Paris, Saint Germain-des-Prés. Singer Jermaine Jackson.

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Germain has 14 variants: Germaine, German, Germane, Germanicus, Germano, Germanus, Germayn, Germayne, Germin, Jermain, Jermaine, Jermane, Jermayne and Jernayn.

Affiliated boy name: Garmon.

2 more alternative forms via Jermaine: Jermin and Jermyn.

1 feminine form: Germaine.

Creative forms:
(male) Germai, Gormain, ..

(female) Germa, ..

Middle name pairings:
Germain Gregorio (G.G.), ..

How popular is Germain?

Germain is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#5044 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Germaine, German (#1189 the previous year), Jermain and Jermaine (#762) are the popular alternative forms of Germain (not ranked). Other variants, like Jermyn, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Germain reached its peak during the years 1970-1979 (median #755) and has become significantly reduced since (#1487, 75%), with the version Jermaine becoming less trendy. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Germaine, German, Jermain, Jermaine in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Germain and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Germain is alike in pronunciation to Jarman, Jarmann and Jerman. Other recommended names are Armin, Bergin, Berlin, Bertin, Carmin, Derrin, Dervin, Derwin, Dewain, Efrain, Ermin, Fermin, Ferrin, Gamlin, Garan, Garin, Garlan, Garlin, Garman, Garmann, Garmen, Garmin, Garran, Garrin, Garrman (see Garman), Garvan, Garvin, Garwin, Gawain, Geraint, Gerald, Gerant, Gerasim, Geremia, Gerhart, Gerlach, Geron, Gerrall (see Jerrell), Gerrard, Gerri, Gerrie, Gerrit, Gershon, Gervais, Gervaise, Gervasio, Gerwazy (see Gervase), Gilman, Girvan, Girvin, Gordan, Gorin, Gorman, Gorrin, Graig, Herin, Herman, Hermann, Kervin, Kerwin, Merlin, Perkin, Perrin, Romain, Serafin, Tramain (see Tremain), Tremain, Urbain, Verlin, Verllin (see Verlyn), Vernin and Yemin. These names tend to be more commonly used than Germain.

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