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What does Herman mean?

Herman Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: norman, england, renaissance (medieval), leader, saint, famous.


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

Affiliated boy name: Armani.

2 more related forms via Armin: Arman and Armen.

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

Creative forms:
(male) Herhan, ..

(female) Hermay, ..

Middle name pairings:
Herman Chase (H.C.), ..

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)

Herman reached its apex position of #47 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, and is at #1710 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Armando (#413 from current records), Armani (#514), Arman (#1538), Hermann, Herminio, Hermon, Harm, Armand, Armin, Harman and Harmon are the popular variation forms of Herman (#1710 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 (#1681, 81.2% 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.

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