German

First Name
9k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
17k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

What does the name German mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of German

"German" is a name of English origin, and it means "From Germany". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Ger"man
Nearly related; closely akin.

Etymology: OE. german germain, F. germain, fr. L. germanus full, own (said of brothers and sisters who have the same parents); akin to germen germ. Cf. Germ Germane

noun Ger"man
Senses
  1. A native or one of the people of Germany.
  2. The German language.
    1. A round dance, often with a waltz movement, abounding in capriciosly involved figures.
    2. A social party at which the german is danced.

Etymology: L. Germanus, prob. of Celtis origin

adjective Ger"man
Of or pertaining to Germany.

Etymology: L. Germanus. See German (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The standard German language; developed historically from West Germanic
  2. A person of German nationality
  3. Of or pertaining to or characteristic of Germany or its people or language ("German philosophers", "German universities", and "German literature")
Wiktionary

From Latin Germanus, Germani (“the peoples of Germania”), as distinct from Gauls (in the writings of Caesar and Tacitus), and of uncertain ultimate origin (possibly Celtic/Gaulish).

Not related to the Latin adjective germānus (whence the English words german and germane, through Old French). Attested since at least 1520. Replaced the older terms Almain and Dutch in English.

  1. An Indo-European (Indo-Germanic) language, primarily spoken in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, South Tyrol, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and a small part of Belgium.
    has three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter.
  2. A native or inhabitant of Germany; a person of German citizenship or nationality.
  3. A member of the Germanic ethnic group which is the most populous ethnic group in Germany; a person of German descent.
  4. (historical) A member of a Germanic tribe.
    Rome was sacked by and the Western Roman Empire collapsed.
  5. (uncountable, US printing, rare, dated) A size of type between American and Saxon, 1½-point type.

German was also found in the following language(s): German, Norman, and Serbo-Croatian

Notable Persons Named German

German Borisovich Khan is an international businessman. German was born in 1961 in Kiev, Ukraine, USSR.

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Germán Figueroa is a wrestler. Germán was born on May 6th, 1975 in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

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Germán Lux is a soccer player for the Deportivo de La Coruña, Club Atlético River Plate, RCD Mallorca, Argentina national under-20 football team, Argentina national under-23 football team, and Argentina national football team. Germán was born on June 7th, 1982 in Carcarañá, Argentina.

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Germán Valdés is an actor. He was most active from 1944 to 1973. Germán was given the name Germán Genaro Cipriano Gómez Valdés Castillo on September 19th, 1915 in Mexico City. Germán is also known as Tin-Tan.

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Germán Burgos is a soccer player for the Atlético Madrid, Club Ferro Carril Oeste, Club Atlético River Plate, RCD Mallorca, and Argentina national football team. Germán was born on April 16th, 1969 in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

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German was born on March 28th, 1950 in La Paz.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name German

Lauren German is an actress. She has been prominent since 2000. Lauren was given the name Lauren Christine German on November 29th, 1978 in Huntington Beach, California, U.S.

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Louis the German is a monarch. He holds the title King of Eastern Francia. He was most prominent from 817 to 843.

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Antonio German is a soccer player for the Partick Thistle F.C., Queens Park Rangers F.C., Aldershot Town F.C., Southend United F.C., Yeovil Town F.C., Stockport County F.C., Bromley F.C., Brentford F.C., Gillingham F.C., Northampton Town F.C., and Kerala Blasters FC. Antonio was born on December 26th, 1991 in Park Royal, London, England.

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Anna German was a singing and singer. Her career lasted from 1960 to 1982. Anna was given the name Anna Yevgenyevna German on February 14th, 1936 in Urgench. She passed away on August 25th, 1982.

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German was born on June 20th, 1938. He died on February 21st, 2013.

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Ella was born in 1937 in Minsk.

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How popular is the baby name German in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 5 0 5
1908 6 0 6
1909 8 0 8
1910 5 0 5
1911 5 0 5
1913 10 0 10
1914 10 0 10
1915 16 0 16
1916 18 0 18
1917 12 0 12
1918 8 0 8
1919 9 0 9
1920 12 0 12
1921 12 0 12
1922 13 0 13
1923 14 0 14
1924 10 0 10
1925 10 0 10
1926 13 0 13
1927 7 0 7
1928 11 0 11
1929 15 0 15
1930 18 0 18
1931 9 0 9
1932 9 0 9
1933 9 0 9
1934 7 0 7
1935 8 0 8
1936 13 0 13
1937 6 0 6
1938 5 0 5
1939 8 0 8
1940 9 0 9
1941 9 0 9
1942 8 0 8
1943 9 0 9
1944 7 0 7
1945 11 0 11
1946 14 0 14
1947 12 0 12
1948 13 0 13
1949 7 0 7
1950 11 0 11
1951 11 0 11
1952 17 0 17
1953 16 0 16
1954 23 0 23
1955 22 0 22
1956 31 0 31
1957 22 0 22
1958 35 0 35
1959 23 0 23
1960 30 0 30
1961 27 0 27
1962 23 0 23
1963 41 0 41
1964 32 0 32
1965 45 0 45
1966 56 0 56
1967 29 0 29
1968 35 0 35
1969 53 0 53
1970 57 0 57
1971 52 0 52
1972 64 0 64
1973 75 0 75
1974 71 0 71
1975 88 0 88
1976 77 0 77
1977 87 0 87
1978 88 0 88
1979 104 0 104
1980 107 0 107
1981 124 0 124
1982 116 0 116
1983 125 0 125
1984 117 0 117
1985 119 0 119
1986 105 0 105
1987 120 0 120
1988 147 0 147
1989 268 0 268
1990 268 0 268
1991 304 0 304
1992 243 0 243
1993 243 5 238
1994 252 0 252
1995 246 0 246
1996 258 0 258
1997 250 0 250
1998 210 0 210
1999 217 0 217
2000 254 0 254
2001 274 0 274
2002 226 0 226
2003 266 0 266
2004 215 0 215
2005 251 0 251
2006 237 0 237
2007 215 0 215
2008 246 0 246
2009 215 0 215
2010 186 0 186
2011 150 0 150
2012 165 0 165
2013 150 0 150
2014 161 0 161
2015 155 0 155
2016 170 0 170

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Popularity of German as a first name

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Popularity of German as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity German U.S.
  White 58.66% 64.26%
  African American 13.96% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.90% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.86% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.26% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 24.35% 16.26%

Of Last Name German

People with the last name German are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name German

  • How Popular is the name German? German is the 2,602nd most popular name of all time. As a last name German was the 2,182nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name German have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 9,140 babies born with the first name German in the United States. That's more than enough people named German to occupy the country of Saint Barth with an estimated population of 8,902 (as of January 1, 2009).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named German? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was German first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name German is Monday, February 12th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named German born? The highest recorded use of the first name German was in 1991 with a total of 304 babies.
  • Random German Factoid: According to the 1974 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name German is not a popular baby boy's name in Arizona. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Arizona have the same name as you in 1974.
  • Weird things about the name German: Your name in reverse order is Namreg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eanrgm. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name German? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 16,661 people with the last name German.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of German? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have German as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.