Gender: Male Meaning of Herman: "soldier, warrior" Origin of Herman: German

Herman Origin and Meaning

The name Herman is a boy's name of German origin meaning "soldier, warrior".

It's hard to believe now that Herman was once, at the turn of the last century, a Top 50 name, remaining in the Top 100 until 1935, and even harder to imagine it making a comeback. But then again, our parents thought the same thing about Max and Jake. Consider the French Armand or Spanish Armando instead. Notable bearers include writers Herman Melville and Hermann Hesse--and then there was TV's Herman Munster.

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Famous People Named Herman

Pop Culture References for the name Herman

Hermin, Herm, Hermie

Herman's International Variations

Harman, Hermann, Harmon (German) Hermá, Herminio, Arminio, Armindo, Hermano, Hermino, Armando (Spanish) Ermanno, Armino (Italian) Heremon, Hermon (Irish) Armand (French) Armen, (Russian)


TechnoKitten Says:


her man

Dietrich Says:


What about the mightiest German warrior that defeated 3 Roman legions in 9CE? The reason you type in English today.

Dietrich Says:


You are the reason I hate the name "Naomi"...

Dietrich Says:


Yeah the English baby name websites are the only ones more racist than the German ones. Hate German history and culture people. Name your kids "Kevin" and "Jayden" instead! :(

Wolfgang Says:


The first famous German hero that liberated the Germans from the invading Romans
in the year 9CE in the famous Battle in the Teuteberg Forrest!

Wolfgang Says:


"It's hard to believe that Herman was once popular, and even harder to imagine it making a comeback."

Seriously, why is EVERY German name put down and ridiculed here?

This site is totally racist!

headintheclouds Says:


One of the names that I'm glad has (to my knowledge, mostly) disappeared from the modern naming scene! There's the fact that it sounds like her-man, it ends with -man, and I think of pee wee Herman.

IsolationHedge Says:


Herman's Hermits are the reason I do really like this name.

NaomiNY Says:


Herman Goering is the reason I don't like this name.