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What does Hans mean?

Hans /hans/ 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 name is popular in Germany. Writer Hans Christian Andersen.

Associated with: scandinavian, gracious, popular (famous)


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

Related boy names: Hampus 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.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Hins, Hons, ..

(female) Hane, Hanssah, ..

How popular is Hans?

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name statistics of Hans for boys. Hans reached its top position of #343 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is presently at #1315. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Prominent related forms of Hans (#1315 a year ago) rated in the Top 2000 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), Jean (#1063), Ewan (#1174), Hansel (#1356), Gian (#1383), Eian (#1680), Jan (#1787), Euan, Hampus, Hannes, Iain and Jens. Usage of these relations of Hans reached its highest 134 years ago (median #1433) and has become significantly lower since (#980, down 73%), with forms like Shane falling out of fashion. The most trendy birth names in this compilation are Zane, Ivan, Ean, Ian and Evan.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hans, Ean, Eian, Evan, Ewan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gian, Hansel, Iain, Ian, Ivan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jack, Jan, Jean, Jens, John in U.S.

Top 2000 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 Heinz. Other suggested similar names are Evans, Fons, Frans, Gains, Hadi, Hai, Haig, Haim, Hako, Hal, Hale, Hali, Hall, Halsy, Ham, Hanan, Hani, Hanif, Hank, Hanly, Hanok, Hansen, Hanson, Hany, Hari, Harm, Hart, Harv, Hawes, Hawk, Haws, Hayes, Hays, Henk, Honi, Hunt, Pons and Rains. These names tend to be less frequently used than Hans.