Hans (name)

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Pronunciation /ˈhɑːnz/ HAHNZ or /ˈhænz/ HANZ; German: [ˈhans]
Gender Male
Word/Name Pet Form of Johannes
Meaning God is gracious
Region of origin German, Dutch, Scandinavian
Other names
Related names Jack, Ian, Jan, Jannes, Jean, Jo, Joan

Hans is a masculine given name. In German, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Icelandic and Swedish, originally it is short for Johannes (John) but is also recognized in Sweden, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands as a name in its own right for official purposes.

"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 little Hans doesn't learn, grown-up Hans will never learn."

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

Alternate forms[edit]

Pet, diminutive, alternative and other language forms are:

  • Bunjeet
  • Hannes (Dutch, German, Swedish, Icelandic, Finnish)
  • Hansi
  • Hovhannes (Armenian)
  • Jack
  • Johnny/Johnnie
  • Jonn
  • Yohanna (Arabic: يوحنا) the Arabic language derivative. Used among Arabic-speaking Christians.
  • Yahya (Arabic: يحيى), used among Arab and non-Arab Muslims.
  • Eoin (Irish language derivation of Seán; in Irish and Scottish Gaelic refers to the Apostle)
  • Evan (Welsh a pre-Christian Celtic subsequently equated to John)
  • Jevan (variation of Evan)
  • Giovanni, Gianni (Italian)
  • Ġwanni, Ġwann, Ġanni (Maltese)
  • Jan (Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, Polish, Czech, Slovak, German)
  • Janez, diminutives: Jan, Jani, Janko (Slovenian)
  • János (Hungarian); diminutive: Janci ('Zoltan --> Zoli' pattern)
  • Johan (Dutch, Swedish, Danish. Norwegian)
  • Joan (Catalan)
  • Jean (French)
  • Yann (Breton)
  • João (Portuguese)
  • Johannes (Germanic: German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch)
  • Johan(n) (variation of Johannes)
  • Jón (Icelandic)
  • Jonas (Lithuanian)
  • Jovan (Serbian)
  • Juan (Spanish / Filipino)
  • Juhani, Juha, Jukka (Finnish)
  • Ansis (Latvian)
  • Ian (Scottish derived from Gaelic Iain)
  • Ion (Romanian)
  • Ivan (Bulgarian, Croatian, Russian and other Slavic language nations)
  • Sean (Irish Seán, after the French Jean)
  • Shane (anglicized form of Seán)
  • Shaun (anglicised form of Seán)
  • Shawn (anglicised form of Seán)
  • Siôn (Welsh)
  • Yohani (Kirundi)
  • Yohanes (Eritrean)
  • Giuàn (Western Lombard)

Feminine forms are:

  • 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
  • Seonaid, Sinead, Seonag

Famous people[edit]




  • Hans Asperger (1906–1980), Austrian pediatrician, Asperger syndrome is named after him


Politics & military[edit]


  • Hans Albert Einstein (1904–1973), Pf. of Hydraulic engineering, A. Einstein's son
  • Hans Bethe (1906–2005), Nobel laureate in physics for his work on the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis
  • Hans Christian Ørsted (1777–1851), Danish physicist and chemist who discovered that electric currents create magnetic fields
  • Hans Charles 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 (born 1919), Austrian diver, naturalist and film-maker
  • Hans Adolf Krebs (1900–1981), German born, British physician and biochemist. Identified citric acid cycle.
  • Hans Steffen (1865–1937), German geographer and explorer of Patagonia



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