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Meaning and name origin

Hans \ha-ns\ as a boy's name is pronounced hahns. It is of Scandinavian, German, Danish and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Hans is "God is gracious". Variant of John. In Hindi, it comes from an Sanskrit expression meaning "swan". The diminutive Hansel is familiar because of the fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel". The name is popular in Germany. Writer Hans Christian Andersen.


Hans has 6 variant forms: Han, Hannes, Hanns, Hansel, Hanss and Hanzel.

For more information, see also related boy names Heinz and Jan.

There is 1 feminine form of Hans: Hansine.


Hans is a very popular first name for males (#557 out of 1220, Top 46%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#8056 out of 88799, Top 9%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Hans for boys. Hans reached its highest rank of #251 in the U.S. in 1900-1909. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Hans name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Hans and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are John (#26), Jan, Hansel, Hans and Hannes. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Hans, Hansel, Jan, John in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Hans is also pronounced similarly to Hines. Other suggested similar baby names are Hani, Hank, Hanok, Hansl, Haws and Hays. These names tend to be less commonly used than Hans.