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What does German mean?

German Pronunciation of German [ger-man] as a boys' name. German means "brother; from Germany". German is an alternate spelling of Germain (French, Latin): from Latin Germānus.


German has 5 variants: Germaine, Germane, Germayn, Germayne and Germin.

7 more different relations via Germain: Germano, Germanus, Jermain, Jermaine, Jermane, Jermayne and Jernayn.

Creative forms:
(male) Gedman, Geman, ..

(female) Germanne, ..

Middle name pairings:
German Andrew (G.A.), ..

How popular is German?

German is a somewhat popular first name for men (#756 out of 1220, Top 62%) and an even more popular last name for both adults and children (#2260 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

German reached its top position of #581 in the U.S. in 1991, and is presently at #1189. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of German name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of German outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Jermaine (#762 from recent data), Germaine and Jermain are the popular related forms of German (#1189 from recent data). Other variants, like Germanus, are seldom used. These relations of German were popular as baby names in the 1970s (adoption of 0.1%) and have become much less conventional since, with the form Jermaine becoming somewhat dated.

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

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

Similar Names

German is pronounced similarly to Jarman, Jarmann, Jerman, Jermin and Jermyn. Other recommended names are Arman, Beaman, Beeman, Carman, Delman, Denman, Erman, Fermin, Fernan, Ferran, Furman, Garan, Garlan, Garman, Garmann, Garmen, Garmin, Garmon, Garran, Garrman (see Garman), Garvan, Gehan, Gemal, Gerant, Geron, Gerson, Gervas, Gilman, Girvan, Goran, Gordan, Gorman, Harman, Heiman, Heman, Herman, Hermann, Hermon, Hernan, Jeran, Karman, Kernan, Lehman, Neuman, Newman, Norman, Orman, Redman, Seaman, Sherman, Tedman, Teman, Teran, Terran and Yeoman. These names tend to be less commonly used than German.

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