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What does Han mean?

Han Pronunciation of Han [han] as a name for boys has the meaning "God is gracious". Han is an alternate spelling of Hans (Scandinavian, German, Danish, Hebrew): variation of John.

Associated with: gracious.


5 alternative forms via Hans: Hannes, Hanns, Hansel, Hanss and Hanzel.

Creative forms:
(male) Hanie, Harn, ..

(female) Hanhe, Hen, ..

Middle name pairings:
Han Jacoby (H.J.), ..

How popular is Han?

Han is an unusual first name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#1617 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular related forms of Han (not in Top 2000) are Hannes, Hans (#1411 from recent data) and Hansel (#1709). Other variants, like Hanzel, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Han was well-received among parents in the 1880s (median #1447) and is now much diminished (#1706, 51.9% less usage), with the version Hans becoming less trendy. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hans, Hansel in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Han is alike in pronunciation to Hein, Heine, Huon and Hywyn. Other suggested similar names are Ban, Dan, Ean, Hai, Hal, Ham, Hani, Hank, Hany, Ian, Jan, Man, Tan, Van, Xan and Zan. These names tend to be more frequently used than Han.

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