[hur-muh n]


WoodrowWoody, 1913–1987, U.S. jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader.
a male given name: from Old English words meaning “army” and “ man.”

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Contemporary Examples of herman

Historical Examples of herman

  • Of course Herman could not allow any one to hint that he did not know how.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • "It's easy," bragged Herman, and proceeded to demonstrate that statement.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • Stan followed Herman up a wide stairway and into a large room.

  • Herman drew water in the bathroom and laid out snowy towels.

  • Herman was in love with Violet, the wife of Armand, an elderly diabetic.

Word Origin and History for herman


masc. proper name, from German Hermann, from Old High German Hariman, literally "man of war, warrior," from hari "host, army" (see harry (v.)) + man "man" (see man (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper