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Origin and Meaning of Hermes

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Her"mes
  1. [Myth] See Mercury.
  2. [Archæology] Originally, a boundary stone dedicated to Hermes as the god of boundaries, and therefore bearing in some cases a head, or head and shoulders, placed upon a quadrangular pillar whose height is that of the body belonging to the head, sometimes having feet or other parts of the body sculptured upon it. These figures, though often representing Hermes, were used for other divinities, and even, in later times, for portraits of human beings. Called also herma. See Terminal statue, under Terminal.

Note: Hermes Trismegistus

Etymology: Gr. 'Ermh^s trisme`gistos, lit., Hermes thrice greatest

was a late name of Hermes, especially as identified with the Egyptian god Thoth. He was the fabled inventor of astrology and alchemy.

Etymology: L., fr. Gr. �

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (Greek mythology) messenger and herald of the gods; god of commerce and cunning and invention and theft; identified with Roman Mercury

From the Ancient Greek Ἑρμῆς (Hermês), itself of disputed meaning and origin, possibly of non-Indo-European substrate or from Proto-Indo-European *ser- (“to bind, put together”).

  1. (Greek mythology) The herald and messenger of the gods, and the god of roads, commerce, invention, cunning, and theft.
  2. (astronomy) The planet Mercury when observed as an evening star.

Hermes was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Galician, German, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Hermes

Hermes França is a criminal. Hermes was born on August 26th, 1974 in Fortaleza.


Hermes da Fonseca was an office holder. His military service ended in 1906. Hermes was born on May 12th, 1855 in São Gabriel, Rio Grande do Sul. He died on September 9th, 1923.


Hermes Pan was a dancer, choreographer, dance, and choreography. He was most active from 1928 to 1968. Hermes was given the name Hermes Panico on December 10th, 1909 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. He breathed his last breath on September 19th, 1990.


Tony Croatto was a musician. Tony was given the name Hermes Davide Fastino Croatto Martinis on March 2nd, 1940. He breathed his last breath on April 3rd, 2005.



Hermes Palomino is a soccer player for the Deportivo Petare, Trujillanos FC, Carabobo FC, Deportivo Lara, Minervén Bolívar FC, Aragua F.C., PFC Cherno More Varna, Atlético Venezuela, and Venezuela national football team. Hermes was born on March 4th, 1988 in Caracas, Venezuela.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Hermes

Thierry Hermès was a businessman. Thierry was given the name 1801 in 1801 in Krefeld, Germany. He breathed his last breath in 1878.


Marcelo Hermes is a soccer player for the Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense and Figueirense FC. Marcelo was born on February 1st, 1995 in Sarandi, Brazil. Marcelo is also known as Marcelo Hermes.



Andreas was born on July 18th, 1878 in Cologne. He passed away on January 4th, 1964.


He holds the title Martyr. He died in 120.


Will was born on December 27th, 1960.


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Popularity of Hermes as a last name

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Common last names for Hermes

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Hermes U.S.
  White 94.92% 64.26%
  African American 0.41% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.50% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.14% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.95% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.09% 16.26%

Of Last Name Hermes

People with the last name Hermes are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Hermes

  • How Popular is the name Hermes? Hermes is the 16,351st most popular name of all time. As a last name Hermes was the 7,545th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Hermes have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 498 babies born with the first name Hermes in the United States. That's more than enough people named Hermes to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Hermes? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1924 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Hermes first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hermes is Saturday, May 9th, 1885.
  • What year had the most people named Hermes born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hermes was in 1982 with a total of 17 babies.
  • Random Hermes Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Hermes is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2004.
  • Weird things about the name Hermes: Your name in reverse order is Semreh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Reemhs. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Hermes? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,407 people with the last name Hermes.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hermes? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Hermes as their last name.

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  • 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).
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