Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. HUR-mən(English)

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 an 18th-century Russian missionary to Alaska who is venerated as a saint in the Orthodox Church, though in his case the name is an alternate transcription of GERMAN. Another famous bearer was the American writer Herman Melville (1819-1891), the author of Moby-Dick.

Related Names

VariantsHermanus(Dutch) Hariman, Hermanus(Ancient Germanic)
DiminutivesHarm, Mannes(Dutch)
Feminine FormsHermina(Dutch) Hermina(Slovene)
Other Languages & CulturesHermanni(Finnish) Armand(French) Hermann(German) Ármann(Icelandic) Armando, Ermanno(Italian) Maan(Limburgish) Armando(Portuguese) German(Russian) Armando(Spanish)
Surname DescendantsHermansen(Danish) Herman, Hermans(Dutch) Harman, Harmon, Herman, Hermanson(English) Hermansen(Norwegian) Hermansson(Swedish)
User SubmissionHeřman


People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   upper class   wholesome   strong   simple   serious   nerdy  

Name Days

Croatia: April 7
Estonia: July 12
Finland: July 12
Hungary: April 7
Poland: April 7
Poland: April 11
Poland: June 13
Poland: August 11
Sweden: July 12


Sources & References

  1. Förstemann, Ernst. Altdeutsches Namenbuch. Bonn, 1900, page 774.

Entry updated February 4, 2020