Boy name origins & meanings
- Greek : Messenger
Family name origins & meanings
- French (Hermès) and Dutch : from the Greek name Hermes, name of a saint mentioned briefly in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans.
- Dutch and North German : variant of Ermens, a metronymic from a short form of the female personal name Ermelendis or Ermgart.
- Dutch and German : patronymic from a short form of Herman.
- Southern French (Hermès) : topographic name for someone who lived in a deserted spot or on a patch of waste land, from Occitan erm ‘desert’, ‘waste’ (Greek erēmia) + the local suffix -ès.