Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. HUR-mən(English) HEHR-mahn(Dutch)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Means "army man", derived from the Old German elements heri "army" and man "person, 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) Hermanni(Finnish) Hariman, Hermanus(Germanic)
DiminutivesHarm, Mannes(Dutch)
Other Languages & CulturesArmand(Catalan) Armand(French) Hermann(German) Ármann(Icelandic) Armando, Ermanno(Italian) Maan(Limburgish) Harjamannô(Old Germanic) 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  

Name Days

Croatia: April 7
Czechia: April 7
Denmark: August 11
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 December 7, 2022