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Origin and popularity of the name HERMAN


Herman : 1: English French Walloon Dutch Flemish Hungarian Polish Czech Slovak Slovenian and Croatian: from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements heri hari ‘army’ + man ‘man’. Compare Harman 5.2: Americanized form of German Hermann a cognate of 1 above.3: English: perhaps a shortened form of Herniman a topographic name for a ‘dweller (in a) nook or corner of land’ from Middle English herne hirne hurne + man. See also Hearn.4: English: possibly an occupational name from Middle English hir(e)man herman or hurmon ‘hired servant or retainer’ though medieval examples of the surname have yet to be found.5: Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Hermann.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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