The name is derived from the name of a river in Lithuania, Neman.
In Lithuanian, the Neman is referred to as the Father of Rivers and is the subject of a famous Lithuanian poem which can be recited by most Lithuanians, written by Maironis, goes as follows:
|Lithuanian lyrics||Approximate English translation|
|Kur bėga Šešupė, kur Nemunas teka||Where the Šešupė runs, where the Neman flows|
|Tai mūsų tėvynė, graži Lietuva||That’s our homeland, beautiful Lithuania|
The origin and meaning of the name is debatable. Some sources claim it is derived from an Old Baltic source referring to a damp place while others will insist that it was the name of a Baltic god.
The designated name-day is August 20.