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Meaning and name origin

Herman \he(r)-man\ as a boy's 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.

Herman has 15 variant forms: Armand, Armando, Armin, Armino, Ermanno, Ermano, Ermin, Harm, Harman, Harmen, Harmon, Hermann, Hermie, Herminio and Hermon.

For more information, see also the related boy name Armani.

There are 3 feminine forms of Herman: Armande, Armina and Ermine.


Herman is a very popular first name for males (#183 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#727 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Herman for boys (2015 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Herman and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Armand, Armando, Armani, Harman, Harmon, Herman, Hermann, Herminio and Hermon. (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Armand, Armando, Armani, Harmon, Herman, Hermann, Herminio, Hermon in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Harman, Herman outside U.S.

Similar Names

Herman is also pronounced similarly to Harmann. Other suggested similar baby names are German, Heiman, Heman, Hernan and Jerman. These names tend to be less commonly used than Herman.


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