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Gender: Male Pronunciation: hons Origin of Hans: German, Dutch, and Scandinavian, diminutive of Johannes Meaning of Johannes: German, Dutch, Scandinavian, and Estonian variation of John, "God is gracious"

The name Hans is a boy's name of German origin. Hans and is often added to lists like Variations of John and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

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Though familiar to all via such childhood icons as Hans Brinker, Hans(el) and Gretel, and Hans Christian Andersen, few Americans have chosen this name for their sons because of its intractably Old Country image.

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Famous People Named Hans

Hans-Adam I (born Johann Adam Andreas), Sovereign Prince of Liechtenstein
Hans-Adam II (born Johannes Adam Ferdinand Alois Josef Maria Marco d'Aviano Pius), Sovereign Prince of Liechtenstein
Hans Christian Andersen, Danish children's writer
Hans Holbein the Elder and Younger, German painters
Hans Florian Zimmer, German film composer
Hans Matheson, Scottish actor
Hans Albrecht Bethe, German and American nuclear physicist and Nobel Prize winner
Hans Warren Christie, Canadian actor
Hans Georg Conried, Jr., American character actor, very active in voice-over roles and comedian
Hans Asperger, discoverer of Asperger's syndrome.
Hans von Euler-Chelpin, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Hans Fischer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Hans Spemann, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Hans Adolf Krebs, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Hans Georg Dehmelt, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics

Pop Culture References for the name Hans

"Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates," children's book by Mary Mapes Dodge
Hans Landa, character in the movie "Inglourious Basterds"
Hans Gruber, character in the movie "Die Hard"
Hans Schielman, character in the game "The Testament of Sherlock Holmes"
Hans Moleman, character on "The Simpsons"
Hans of the Southern Isles, prince in the Disney movie "Frozen"
Hans and Franz, weightlifting duo in a "Saturday Night Live" sketch
Hans Hubermann, a character in "The Book Thief"
Hans Kepler, character from "Night Trains," by Barbara Wood

Hanzel, Hansel, Hanns, Hannes, Hanss


nipnerb Says:


In The Netherlands, we pronounce this as "hunse.

Ccppww Says:


Thank god I read this! I want to name our boy Johann/Hans, but felt a little hesitant since I have zero German ancestry. :) I love the name.

GenericJen Says:


Our baby boy is named Hans. Most people assume we are German when they hear it, but we're not. We just love the name!

raevynstar Says:


The Frozen character almost turned me off this name, but I still love it.