Herman - Meaning Of Herman, What Does Herman Mean?

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Herman Meaning


What does Herman mean, popularity, numerology and more.

The name Herman is of German origin.

The meaning of Herman is "army man, soldier".  

It is also of Dutch and English origin, where its meaning is "army man".

Herman is generally used as a boy's name. It consists of 6 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced Her-man.

In the U.S. in 2013, it ranked 1804 in baby name popularity for boys with 79 occurrences.    Less than 5 girls were given the name. 

View the Herman Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Herman has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Herman to other names.


Variants of the name Herman include Heriman, Hermann.

The names Armand, Armando, Harmen, Hermanni, Hermanus are all forms of Herman.

Herman has the diminutive (nickname) Harm.

Herman falls into the classic name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Herman Melville, Herman Wouk.

Would you like to fingerspell the name Herman in American Sign Language?
Then just follow the diagram below.

Just for fun, see the name Herman in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Herman in Nautical Flags page.

Looking for something more mystical? Visit the Herman Numerology page.

Herman Numerology
Herman in Hieroglyhics
Herman in Nautical Flags
Traditional or old world Germanic names have two parts. One part indicates the gender and the other the characteristic of the person. For example, Adelbert or Albert is composed of adel meaning noble and a derivation of beracht meaning bright or shining.

Given names are generally gender specific. Male names cannot be used for females and vice versa. The only exception to this rule is "Maria" which can be used as a male second name as in Erich Maria.

German children are given one or many pre-names (vornames). Only one of these names however is used as their main name or call name (rufname). Parents choose a name because they like it or they may name a child after a relative. Religious catholics frequently give saints names as secondary names. Some combinations of male first and second names such as Hans-Joseph are traditionally hyphenated. The maximum number of first names is five.

Germany has very strict naming laws. Names must be known as a human names. For example, pet names, common nouns, place names and invented names are not allowed. They must also not be offensive or humiliating. The Name Registrar (Standesbeamter) has the right to bar a name. Parent's can appeal the Standesbeamter's decision in court.

Given names may only be changed to correct an error made by the state when recording the name, naturalization of foreigners who may wish to take on a more Germanic version of their name and gender reassignment by transsexuals.

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