Gender: Masculine
Origin: German
Meaning: “army man.”

The name is composed of the Germanic elements, hari meaning “army” and man, meaning “man.”

The name was introduced into England in the 11th-century via the Norman invasion. It subsequently died out by the late Middle Ages and was revived in the 19th-century.

As of 2009, Herman did not rank in the U.S. top 1000, the highest he ranked in U.S. naming history was in 1904, when he was the 47th most popular male name.

In 2009, Herman was the 56th most popular male name in Norway.

Other forms of the name include:

Heřman (Czech)
Herman (Danish/Dutch/English/Estonian/Finnish/German/Hungarian/Polish/Russian/Scandinavian)
Harm (Dutch)
Hermanus (Dutch/Late Latin)
Mannes (Dutch)
Hermanni (Finnish)
Armand (French)
Armin (German)
Hariman (German: archaic)
Hermann (German)
Armando (Italian/Portuguese/Spanish)
Armano (Italian)
Arminio (Italian)
Ermanno (Italian)
Arminius (Late Latin)
Maan (Limburgish)
German/Gierman Герман (Russian)

Feminine forms include:

Armande (French)
Hermine (French/German)
Armanda (Italian/Portuguese/Spanish)
Arminia (Italian)
Ermanna (Italian)

Notable bearers include: Herman III the Long of Brandenburg (1275-1308) and St. Herman of Alaska, a Russian Orthodox saint known for his evanglization of Alaska.

The designated name-days are: July 12 (Estonia); September 25 (France)


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