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What does Hans mean?

Hans Pronunciation of 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. Also form of Jan.


ASSOCIATED WITH scandinavian, gracious, popular (famous)


VARIANTS Han, Hannes, Hanns, Hansel, Hanss, Hanzel


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, Zane




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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)

Hans reached its top position of #343 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is presently at #1446. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Hans (#1446 A YEAR AGO) rated in the Top 2000 are John (#27), Jack (#28), Ian (#79), Evan (#86), Ivan (#133), Juan (#139), Zane (#200), Sean (#269), Shane (#372), Jon (#754), Ean (#1101), Gian (#1221), Jean (#1240), Ewan (#1603), Jan (#1844), Hannes, Hansel, Iain, Eian, Hampus, Jens and Euan. Usage of these relations of Hans reached its highest 138 years ago (MEDIAN #1433) and has become significantly lower since (#1067, DOWN 75%), with forms like Sean falling out of fashion. Zane, Ivan and Ian are three of the more contemporarily stylish birth names among these.

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-sounding 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.

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