Gender: Masculine
Origin: German
Meaning: “whole; universal.”

The name is derived from the latinized Germanic name, Arminius, which is believed to be derived from the Germanic element, ermen, (whole; universal). It is suggested that Arminius was a latinized form of Herman.

The name was borne by a 1st-century Cherusci leader who lead a rebellion against the Romans and defeated the Romans in the famous Battle of the Teutoburg Forest.

As of 2010, Armin was the 15th most popular male name in Bosnia & Herzegovina. His rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 65 (Hungary, 2010)
  • # 380 (Netherlands, 2010)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Armini (Azeri/Catalan)
  • Armin (Bosnian/Croatian/Dutch/German/Hungarian/Serbian/Slovene)
  • Arminije (Croatian)
  • Arminij Арминий (Bulgarian/Macedonian/Russian/Ukrainian)
  • Arminio (Galician/Italian/Spanish)
  • Arminiusi არმინიუსი (Georgian)
  • Arminijus (Lithuanian)
  • Armínio (Portuguese)
  • Arminiu (Sicilian)


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)