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"

Hans Origin and Meaning

The name Hans is a boy's name of German origin.

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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thehanspeterericson Says:


My name is Hans. To be honest, I think it’s very insensitive to refer to my name as having an “intractably Old Country image.” Imagine: someone hears my name, thinks “that’s nice... I wonder what it means?” They go to your website, look it up and then say “oh no! I like the name but I don’t want people to think of my son as intractably old fashioned! I better go with Kayden.”

Is it my fault that Hans has been associated with ne’er-do-wellers in a couple of films? Is it fair to lump all Hans-names folk with a fictional double-crossing Disney Prince? I tell you, No! It is not fair!

I, therefore, on behalf of all who are so named, declare the name Hans to be thoroughly modern! I demand the positive depiction of the people named “Hans” in popular culture. Hans may have had silver skates, but he also lives in the United States! So if you’re thinking of Ian or John, why not go for the MODERN name, Hans!

Hans Peter Ericson

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.