Last 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
- Americanized spelling of Spanish Germán
or Hungarian Germán, cognates of 2.
- German: from the
saint’s name German(us). See also Germann.
(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
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