Herman

First Name
136k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Herman

"Herman" is a name of German origin, and it means "Army man". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States jazz musician and bandleader (1913-1987)
Wiktionary

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.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

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

Notable Persons Named Herman

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 347 0 347 #48 boy name
1881 304 0 304 #52 boy name
1882 348 0 348 #51 boy name
1883 359 0 359 #47 boy name
1884 385 0 385 #49 boy name
1885 326 0 326 #55 boy name
1886 418 0 418 #44 boy name
1887 394 0 394 #45 boy name
1888 403 0 403 #51 boy name
1889 405 0 405 #48 boy name
1890 382 0 382 #50 boy name
1891 390 7 383 #47 boy name
1892 421 0 421 #51 boy name
1893 462 7 455 #44 boy name
1894 433 0 433 #48 boy name
1895 439 0 439 #49 boy name
1896 427 0 427 #49 boy name
1897 418 6 412 #50 boy name
1898 467 0 467 #50 boy name
1899 413 0 413 #49 boy name
1900 550 0 550 #49 boy name
1901 393 0 393 #51 boy name
1902 462 5 457 #49 boy name
1903 449 0 449 #48 boy name
1904 497 0 497 #47 boy name
1905 480 5 475 #51 boy name
1906 502 0 502 #49 boy name
1907 562 0 562 #49 boy name
1908 569 7 562 #50 boy name
1909 618 0 618 #48 boy name
1910 702 6 696 #52 boy name
1911 853 0 853 #49 boy name
1912 1,657 11 1,646 #50 boy name
1913 1,913 8 1,905 #53 boy name
1914 2,444 14 2,430 #51 boy name
1915 2,994 11 2,983 #56 boy name
1916 3,065 22 3,043 #56 boy name
1917 2,988 15 2,973 #58 boy name
1918 3,056 15 3,041 #65 boy name
1919 3,043 16 3,027 #61 boy name
1920 3,129 20 3,109 #66 boy name
1921 3,239 20 3,219 #64 boy name
1922 3,033 18 3,015 #66 boy name
1923 2,978 17 2,961 #66 boy name
1924 2,967 15 2,952 #70 boy name
1925 2,918 29 2,889 #69 boy name
1926 2,812 18 2,794 #69 boy name
1927 2,877 20 2,857 #70 boy name
1928 2,615 23 2,592 #78 boy name
1929 2,636 14 2,622 #75 boy name
1930 2,621 26 2,595 #78 boy name
1931 2,277 16 2,261 #83 boy name
1932 2,202 11 2,191 #89 boy name
1933 1,969 22 1,947 #96 boy name
1934 2,032 20 2,012 #97 boy name
1935 1,930 11 1,919
1936 1,820 6 1,814
1937 1,886 12 1,874
1938 1,905 5 1,900
1939 1,812 11 1,801
1940 1,682 13 1,669
1941 1,790 12 1,778
1942 1,799 10 1,789
1943 1,734 9 1,725
1944 1,643 6 1,637
1945 1,431 13 1,418
1946 1,599 10 1,589
1947 1,805 11 1,794
1948 1,850 12 1,838
1949 1,615 5 1,610
1950 1,573 10 1,563
1951 1,546 5 1,541
1952 1,510 11 1,499
1953 1,419 11 1,408
1954 1,426 10 1,416
1955 1,370 7 1,363
1956 1,328 6 1,322
1957 1,328 8 1,320
1958 1,223 12 1,211
1959 1,191 7 1,184
1960 1,060 11 1,049
1961 1,015 8 1,007
1962 999 0 999
1963 845 0 845
1964 923 9 914
1965 805 9 796
1966 761 6 755
1967 671 9 662
1968 673 11 662
1969 675 9 666
1970 623 7 616
1971 554 8 546
1972 552 0 552
1973 495 0 495
1974 457 0 457
1975 465 8 457
1976 441 5 436
1977 420 7 413
1978 388 5 383
1979 409 0 409
1980 373 6 367
1981 331 0 331
1982 362 0 362
1983 352 0 352
1984 276 0 276
1985 309 0 309
1986 276 0 276
1987 282 0 282
1988 277 0 277
1989 294 0 294
1990 252 0 252
1991 269 0 269
1992 219 0 219
1993 207 0 207
1994 191 0 191
1995 174 0 174
1996 182 0 182
1997 162 0 162
1998 151 0 151
1999 146 0 146
2000 127 0 127
2001 119 0 119
2002 113 0 113
2003 116 0 116
2004 119 0 119
2005 107 0 107
2006 102 0 102
2007 93 0 93
2008 100 0 100
2009 94 0 94
2010 76 0 76
2011 89 0 89
2012 65 0 65
2013 80 0 80
2014 73 0 73
2015 91 0 91
2016 80 0 80

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Popularity of Herman as a first name

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Popularity of Herman as a last name

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Common last names for Herman

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Meyer
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Wilson
  • Schmidt
  • Harris
  • White
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Cohen

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

  • How Popular is the name Herman? Herman is the 513th 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 136,218 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 1937 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Herman ranks 60th in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, 116 babies in North Carolina have the same name as you in 1937.
  • Weird things about the name Herman: Your name in reverse order is Namreh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ernham. 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.

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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