Hans (name)
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Hans Name
Pronunciation HAHNZ
Danish: ['hæn?s]
German: ['hans]
Name dayOctober 25 (Germany)
August 29 (Sweden)
June 24th (Norway, Estonia, Denmark)
December 27 (Finland)
Word/namePet form of Johannes
Meaning"YHWH has been gracious"[1]
Region of originGerman, Dutch, Scandinavian
Other names
Related namesHanni, Hanno, Hánno, Hannu, Hánsa, Hansi, Hanski, Hanssi, Hanse, Hansu, Hensar, Hampe, Hanseraq, Hansinnguaq, Hasse

Hans is a masculine given name. In German, Danish, Dutch, Faroese, Norwegian, Icelandic and Swedish, it was originally short for Johannes[2] (John), but is now also recognized as a name in its own right for official purposes.

The earliest documented usage was in 1356 in Sweden,[3] 1360 in Norway,[4] and the 14th century in Denmark.[5]

"Hansel" (German: Hänsel) is a variant, meaning "little Hans". Another variant with the same meaning is Hänschen, found in the German proverb "Was Hänschen nicht lernt, lernt Hans nimmermehr", which translates roughly as: "What Hansel doesn't learn, Hans will never learn".

Other variants include: Han, Hawns, Hanns, Hannes, Hanse, Hansi (also female), Hansele, Hansal, Hensal, Hanserl, Hännschen, Hennes, Hännes, Hänneschen, Henning, Henner, Honsa, Johan, Johann, Jan, Jannes, Jo, Joha, Hanselmann, Hansje.

Alternate forms

Pet, diminutive, alternative and other language forms are:

Feminine forms are:

  • Hansina
  • Hanne/Hanna(h)
  • Ioana
  • Jana
  • Jane
  • Joana (Portuguese and Catalan)
  • Jeanne (French)
  • Joanne
  • Joan
  • Johanna
  • Johanne (Norwegian)
  • Jean
  • Janice, Janet, both shortened as "Jan"
  • Non-English variants adopted as English names include Jeanette
  • Seònaid, Sinéad, {{lang|gd|Seò

Notable people





Politics and military


  • Hans Albert Einstein (1904-1973), professor of hydraulic engineering, son of Albert Einstein
  • Hans Ankum (born 1930), Dutch legal scholar
  • Hans Avé Lallemant (1938-2016), Dutch-born American geologist
  • Hans Bethe (1906-2005), Nobel laureate in physics for his work on the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis
  • Hans Bos (born 1950), Dutch biochemist and cancer researcher
  • Hans Capel (born 1936), Dutch physicist
  • Hans Cohen (born 1923), Dutch microbiologist
  • Hans Christian Ørsted (1777-1851), Danish physicist and chemist who discovered that electric currents create magnetic fields
  • Hans Freeman (1929-2008), German-born Australian protein crystallographer who elucidated the structure of plastocyanin
  • Hans Geiger (1882-1945), Inventor of the Geiger counter
  • Hans Hass (1919-2013), Austrian diver, naturalist and film-maker
  • Hans Adolf Krebs (1900-1981), German born, British physician and biochemist. Identified citric acid cycle
  • Hans Lowey, Austrian-American chemist
  • Hans Steffen (1865-1937), German geographer and explorer of Patagonia



  • Hans Werner Aufrecht (born 28 December 1936 in Großaspach, Germany) was in 1967 along with Erhard Melcher one of the founders of AMG Engine Production and Development, a current subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz
  • Hans Biebow (1902-1947), German chief of Nazi administration of the ?ód? Ghetto executed for war crimes
  • Hans Rudolf Giger (1940-2014), Swiss painter, sculptor, and set designer
  • Hans Wegner (or Hans Jørgensen Wegner, 1914-2007), Danish furniture designer
  • Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543), German Renaissance Portraitist
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille (1919-1942) German captain and fighter pilot. Flying ace during the World War II.
  • Hannes Meyer (or Hans Emil Meyer, 1889-1954) Swiss architect and 2nd Director of the Bauhaus.
  • Hans Seyffer (1460-1509), sculptor
  • Hans Wittwer (1894-1952), Swiss architect and Bauhaus teacher

Fictional characters

See also


  1. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "John" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ Dahl, Árni (2005). Navnabókin. ISBN 9789991849393.[page needed]
  3. ^ Otterbjörk, Roland (1979). Svenska förnamn. ISBN 9789121109373.[page needed]
  4. ^ Stemshaug, Ola; Kruken, Kristoffer (1995). Norsk Personnamnleksikon. ISBN 978-8252120363.[page needed]
  5. ^ Meldgaard, Eva Villarsen (2004). Den store navnebog. ISBN 9788711160435.[page needed]

External links

  • Hans on BehindTheName.com

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