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What does Herman mean?

Herman Pronunciation of Herman 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


VARIANTS Armand, Armando, Armin, Armino, Ermanno, Ermano, Ermin, Harm, Harman, Harmen, Harmon, Hermann, Hermie, Herminio, Hermon



FEMININE FORMS Armande, Armani, Armina, Ermine, Hermine



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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, but is not found in the list currently. (2018 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?

Armani (#463 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Armando (#474), Arman (#1577), Armand, Armin, Harm, Harman, Harmon, Hermann, Herminio and Hermon are the popular variation forms of Herman 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 (#1709, 82.4% LESS USAGE). Armando has been the recurring favorite, though Armani is now the preferred form, while forms such as Armand 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-sounding 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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