Meaning & History
Latinized form of a Germanic name that was probably derived from the element ermen meaning "whole, universal". Other theories claim that it is related to Herman. Arminius was a 1st-century chief of the Germanic tribe of the Cherusci. Raised in Rome as a hostage, he eventually became a citizen and joined the army. However, he turned against the Empire, leading the Germans in a surprise attack in the Teutoburg Forest and driving the Romans from Germania.
Entry updated November 16, 2019