Herman name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Herman

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Canada says the name Herman means "Warrior".
  2. A user from Norway says the name Herman is of German origin and means "(Presumably old, proto-germanic in origin). Meaning is 'Army man', as in 'Heer Mann', 'Haer Mann' and so on. English is the only germanic languag in which this connection is not obvious".
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  1. United States jazz musician and bandleader (1913-1987)

Old English here (“army”) + man (“man”) It was revived in the 19th century, partly due to American immigrants from continental Europe where the name has been more popular. Confer the German equivalent Hermann

  1. A male given name from the Germanic languages.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Herman was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Vilamovian

Notable Persons Named Herman

Notable Persons Named Herman

Herman Melville

Herman Melville was a travel literature, captivity narrative, nautical fiction, gothic fiction, allegory, and tall tale novelist, short story writer, teacher, sailor, lecturer, poet, customs inspector, short story, and customs officer. Herman was given the name Herman Melvill on August 1st, 1819 in New York City. He breathed his last breath on September 28th, 1891.

Herman Hesse

Herman Hesse was a writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1904 to 1953. Herman was given the name Hermann Karl Hesse on July 2nd, 1877 in Calw, Württemberg, German Empire. He breathed his last breath on August 9th, 1962.

Sun Ra

Sun Ra was an avant-garde jazz musician. He plays Piano, organ, keyboards, Minimoog, celesta, percussion, and vocals. He was most active from 1934 to 1993. Sun was given the name Herman Poole Blount on May 22nd, 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. Sun is also known as Sun Ra and Le Sony'r Ra. He died on May 30th, 1993.

Ray Walston

Ray Walston was an actor and comedian. He was most prominent from 1945 to 2001. Ray was given the name Herman Raymond Walston on November 2nd, 1914 in Laurel, Mississippi. Ray is also known as Herman Raymond Walston, Herman Ray Walston, and Raymond Walston. He died on January 1st, 2001.

Herman Cain

Herman Cain is a President of the National Restaurant Association, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and Chairman of theFederal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. His most notable accomplishments were from 1995 to 1996. Herman was born on December 13th, 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

Herman Van Rompuy

Herman Van Rompuy is a President of the European Council, Prime Minister of Belgium, President of the Chamber of Representatives, Minister of the Budget, List of Presidents of the Chamber of Representatives of Belgium, and Minister of Budget (Belgium). Herman was given the name Herman Achille Van Rompuy on October 31st, 1947 in Etterbeek.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Herman

Notable Persons With the Last Name Herman

Pee-wee Herman

Pee-wee Herman is a stand-up comedian, actor, and stand-up comedy.

Tom Herman

Tom was born on June 2nd, 1975 in Cincinnati.

Bernard Herrmann

Bernard Herrmann was a composer and conductor. He was most active from 1941 to 1975. Bernard was given the name Max Herman on June 29th, 1911 in New York City. He passed away on December 24th, 1975.

David Herman

David Herman is an actor, comedian, voice actor, and voice acting. He was most active from 1989 to present. David was born on February 20th, 1967 in New York City.

Woody Herman

Woody Herman was a big band, swing music, and cool jazz bandleader and musician. He plays Saxophone, Clarinet, and Vocals. Woody was given the name Woodrow Charles Herman on May 16th, 1913. Woody is also known as Road Father. He died on October 29th, 1987.

Ed Herman

Ed Herman is a martial artist. Ed was born in Vancouver, Washington, United States.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Herman U.S.
  White 90.49% 64.26%
  African American 3.40% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.90% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.01% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.26% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.94% 16.26%

Of Last Name Herman

People with the last name Herman are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Herman

  • What name lists does Herman rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Herman? Herman is the 528th most popular name of all time. As a last name Herman was the 826th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Herman have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 136,431 babies born with the first name Herman in the United States. That's more than enough people named Herman to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Herman? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 347 new born babies.
  • When was Herman first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Herman is Friday, July 4th, 1823.
  • What year had the most people named Herman born? The highest recorded use of the first name Herman was in 1921 with a total of 3,219 babies. That's a lot of babies named Herman!
  • Random Herman Factoid: According to the 1927 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Herman ranks 57th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, 68 babies in Mississippi have the same name in 1927.
  • Weird things about the name Herman: The name spelled backwards is Namreh. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Rhmena. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Herman? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 41,750 people with the last name Herman.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Herman? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 14 of them will have Herman as their last name.
  • Herman name meaning

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