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GenderMasculine
PronouncedPron.HUR-mən English
HER-mahn Dutch
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Meaning & History

Means "army man", derived from the Germanic elements hari "army" and man "man". It was introduced to England by the Normans, died out, and was revived in the English-speaking world in the 19th century. It was borne by a 18th-century Russian missionary to Alaska who is venerated as a saint in the Orthodox Church. Another famous bearer was Herman Melville (1819-1891), the author of 'Moby-Dick'.
VariantsHermanus Dutch Hariman, Hermanus Ancient Germanic
DiminutivesHarm, Mannes Dutch
Other Languages & CulturesHermanni Finnish Armand French Hermann German Ármann Icelandic Armando, Ermanno Italian Maan Limburgish Armando Portuguese German Russian Armando Spanish

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 774

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Entry updated January 10, 2017   Contribute