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Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. HENS-khən  [key]
Other Forms FormsHaenschen

Meaning & History

German diminutive of Hans, as it contains the German diminutive suffix -chen.

This diminutive, which is typically only used informally, is rather old-fashioned and is now rarely used. These days it is probably more common as a patronymic surname.

In German popular culture, the name is well-known for being the name of the title character of the 19th-century folk song Hänschen klein ("Little Hans") by Franz Wiedemann. It is also the name of a popular character from the German police procedural TV series Tatort (1970-), who was played by the Dutchman Chiem van Houweninge (b. 1940).
Added 12/6/2015 by cutenose
Edited 11/30/2020 by Lucille, Evil, Frollein Gladys and more