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Updated June 9, 2019

Girl name origins & meanings

  • English : Bud

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Latin : Brotherly
  • Latin : German

How Popular Is The Name German

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : ethnic name from Old French germain ‘German’ (Latin Germanus). This sometimes denoted an actual immigrant from Germany, but was also used to refer to a person who had trade or other connections with German-speaking lands. The Latin word Germanus is of obscure and disputed origin; the most plausible of the etymologies that have been proposed is that the people were originally known as the ‘spear-men’, with Germanic gēr, gār ‘spear’ as the first element.
  • English (of Norman origin) : from the Old French personal name Germain (see Germain).
  • Americanized spelling of Spanish Germán or Hungarian Germán, cognates of 2.
  • German : from the saint’s name German(us). See also Germann.
  • Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) : Russianized variant of Hermann.
  • Greek : reduced form of Germanos, a Greek personal name, bestowed in honor of saints of the Eastern Church distinct from St. Germain: in particular, St. Germanos in the 8th century, liturgical poet and patriarch of Constantinople. The Greek surname can also denote someone associated with Germany or someone with blond hair.

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