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What does Hans mean?

Hans \ha-ns\ as a boys' 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 variants: Han, Hannes, Hanns, Hansel, Hanss and Hanzel.

For more on this name, see also related boy names Hampus, Heinz and Jan.

Hans has 37 more alternative forms via John: Anno, Ean, Eian, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Gian, Hanno, Hansl, Heanno, Iain, Ian, Ivan, Ivann, Iwan, Jack, Jan, Jancsi, Janek, Janko, Janne, Janos, Jean, Jens, Jian, Jon, Jona, Juan, Sean, Seann, Shane, Vanek, Vanko, Vanya, Yanni, Yanno and Zane.

Hans has 1 feminine form: Hansine.


Hans is a very prominent first name for males (#557 out of 1220, Top 46%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#7691 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Hans for boys. Hans reached its top position of #251 in the U.S. during 1900-1909, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Prominent related forms of Hans rated in the Top 1000 are John (#26 a year ago), Jack (#41), Evan (#58), Ian (#77), Juan (#98), Ivan (#132), Sean (#193), Zane (#224), Shane (#277), Jon (#675), Ean (#997), Ewan, Jens, Euan, Jean, Iain, Hansel, Hannes, Hampus and Jan. Usage of these boy names reached its highest during 1980-1989 (usage of 0.4615%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.3906%, down 15.4%), with the forms Ean, Jon, Jean, Hans and Jan falling out of fashion. The most trendy birth names in this compilation are Zane (#224), Ian (#77), Evan (#58), Sean (#193) and Shane (#277), and there is also a revival in birth name popularity for Evan. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Hans and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ean, Evan, Hans, Hansel, Ian, Ivan, Jack, Jan, Jean, John in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jon, Juan, Sean, Shane, Zane in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Euan, Evan, Ewan, Hampus, Hannes outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Iain, Ian, Jack, Jens, John outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sean, Shane, Zane outside U.S.

Similar Names

Hans is alike in pronunciation to Hines. Other suggested similar baby names are Hani, Hank, Hanok, Haws and Hays. These names tend to be less frequently used than Hans.