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Meaning & History
From Old French germain
meaning "German". 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 ger
"spear" as the first element. From the Old French personal name Germain
). Americanised spelling of Spanish Germán
or Hungarian Germán
, cognates of 2. From the saint’s name German(us)
. See also Germann
. Russianized variant of Hermann
. 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.