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What does Herman mean?

Herman /her-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 "army", and man "man". It was introduced to England by the Normans. By the Renaissance, it was associated with the first-century German tribal leader Arminius (the source of Armin). Saint Herman (11th century) wrote the famous hymm "Salve Regina". Authors Herman Hesse, Herman Melville.


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

Affiliated boy name: Armani.

Herman has 2 more related forms via Armin: Arman and Armen.

Herman has 5 feminine forms: Armande, Armani, Armina, Ermine and Hermine.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Herhan, Hernman, ..

(female) Hermani, Hermania, ..

How popular is Herman?

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)


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

Charted below is the baby name history of Herman for boys. Herman reached its apex position of #47 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, and is at #1954 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Displayed below is an analysis of the history of the boy name Herman and associated names. Armando (#400 from current records), Armani (#489), Arman (#1463), Hermann, Herminio, Hermon, Harm, Armand, Armin, Harman and Harmon are the popular variation forms of Herman (#1954 from current records) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Herman was at its apex in the 1900s (median #1379) and is now significantly reduced (#1692, 80.9% less usage). Armando has been the recurring favorite, though Armani has become trendy as well over time, while forms such as Herman are now less common.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Herman, Arman, Armand, Armando, Armani in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Armin, Harm, Harman, Harmon, Hermann in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Herminio, Hermon in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Herman is alike in pronunciation to Harmann and Harmonn. Other suggested similar names are Beaman, Beeman, Carman, Delman, Denman, Erman, Fermin, Fernan, Ferran, Furman, Garman, Germain, German, Germane, Germano, Germayn (see Germain), Germin, Gorman, Harkan, Harlan, Harmony, Hartman, Heiman, Heimann, Heman, Herin, Herlad, Hermes, Hermus, Hern, Hernan, Hernando, Hofman, Holman, Hyman, Jarman, Jeran, Jermain, Jerman, Jermane, Jermin, Jermyn, Karman, Kernan, Lehman, Neuman, Newman, Norman, Orman, Redman, Seaman, Sherman, Tedman, Teman, Teran, Terran and Yeoman. These names tend to be less frequently used than Herman.