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Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. HUR-mən(English)
HEHR-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 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'.
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)
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Sources & References

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

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