What does Herman mean?
Herman \he(r)-man\ as a boys' name is pronounced HER-man. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Herman is "soldier". Norman name and English form of Hermann, derived from "hari, heri" meaning "army", and "man" meaning "man". Saint Herman (11th century) wrote the famous hymm "Salve Regina". Authors Herman Hesse, Herman Melville.
For more information, see also the related boy name Armani.
Herman is a very prominent first name for men (#183 out of 1220, Top 15%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#746 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Herman for boys. Herman reached its apex position of #45 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Herman and associated names. Armando (#400 the previous year), Armani (#489), Herminio, Hermon, Hermann, Harmon and Armand are the popular variation forms of Herman rated in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names was at its apex during the years 1920-1929 (usage of 0.3965%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.1389%, down 65%), with the forms Herman, Armand, Harmon, Hermon and Herminio becoming somewhat dated. Armani (#489) and Armando (#400) are two of the more chic boy names among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)