is a masculine given name
A given name, in Western contexts often referred to as a first name, is a personal name that specifies and differentiates between members of a group of individuals, especially in a family, all of whose members usually share the same family name...
. In German, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Icelandic and Swedish, originally it is short for Johannes (John
John is a masculine given name in the English language. The name is derived from the Latin Ioannes, Iohannes, which is in turn a form of the Greek , Iōánnēs. This Greek name is a form of the Hebrew name , , which means "God is generous"...
) 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
A proverb is a simple and concrete saying popularly known and repeated, which expresses a truth, based on common sense or the practical experience of humanity. They are often metaphorical. A proverb that describes a basic rule of conduct may also be known as a maxim...
"Was Hänschen nicht lernt, lernt Hans nimmer mehr,"
which translates roughly as: "What [little] Johnny
Johnny is a masculine and feminine given name, and a masculine pet name, in the English language. It is sometimes a pet form of the masculine John, and since the 16th century it has also been a standalone masculine given name. In some cases Johnny is also a feminine given name. Variant forms of...
doesn't learn, [grown-up] John 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.
Pet, diminutive, alternative and other language forms are:
- Hannes (Dutch, German, Swedish, Finnish)
- Hans or Hansini (Hindi meaning Swan the bird)
- Hovhannes (Armenian)
- 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
Welsh is a member of the Brythonic branch of the Celtic languages spoken natively in Wales, by some along the Welsh border in England, and in Y Wladfa...
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)
João is the Portuguese form of the name John. The diminutive is Joãozinho and the feminine is Joana. It is quite widespread in Portuguese-speaking countries and therefore also the name of several notable people and places:-People:Kings:...
- Johannes (Germanic: German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch)
- Johan(n) (variation of Johannes)
Jón is an Old Norse common name still widely used in Iceland and the Faroes.According to Icelandic custom, people are generally referred to by first and middle names and patronyms are used if disambiguation is required....
- Jonas (Lithuanian)
- Jovan (Serbian)
- Juan (Spanish / Filipino)
- Juhani, Juha, Jukka (Finnish)
- Jānis (Latvian
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"Ian", "Iain", or "Eian" is the Scottish Gaelic version of the name John. It is a very common name in much of the English-speaking world...
(Scottish derived from Gaelic
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Ion is a common Romanian given name for males. It is equivalent to the English name John and has the same etymology as "John", tracing back to a Hebrew name. Ion can also be a surname in Romanian....
Romanian Romanian Romanian (or Daco-Romanian; obsolete spellings Rumanian, Roumanian; self-designation: română, limba română ("the Romanian language") or românește (lit. "in Romanian") is a Romance language spoken by around 24 to 28 million people, primarily in Romania and Moldova...
Ivan is a Christian male given name that is primarily associated with Slavic languages.-Etymology:Ivan is the common Slavic Latin spelling, while Cyrillic spelling is two-fold: in Bulgarian, Russian, Macedonian, Serbian it is Иван, while in Belarusian and Ukrainian it is Iван.It is the Slavic...
(Bulgarian, Croatian, Russian and other Slavic language nations)
- Sean (Irish
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Seán, after the French Jean)
Shane is a masculine given name. It is an Anglicised version of the Irish name Seán, which itself is an Irish derivative of the name John. Shane comes from the way the name Seán is pronounced in the Ulster dialect of the Irish language, as opposed to Shaun or Shawn.Shane is also a popular surname...
(anglicized form of Seán)
- Shaun (anglicised form of Seán)
- Shawn (anglicised form of Seán)
- Shon (Israeli Hebrew
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) שון (from Shawn)
- Siôn (Welsh)
- Yohani (Kirundi
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- Yohanes (Eritrean)
- Giuàn (Western Lombard
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Feminine forms are:
- Joana (Portuguese and Catalan
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- Jeanne (French)
- Johanne (Norwegian)
- Janice, Janet, both shortened as "Jan"
- Non-English variants adopted as English names include Jeanette
- Seonaid, Sinead, Seonag
- Hans Albers
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(1891–1960), singer and actor, stage name Der blonde Hans
- Hans Clarin
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- Hansjörg Felmy
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(* 1931), actor
- Hans-Joachim Fuchsberger
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(* 1927), actor and presenter
- Hans Klok
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, magician (* 1969)
- Hansi Knoteck
-Selected filmography:* Hubertus Castle * The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes * Ride to Freedom * Storms in May * Der Jäger von Fall -External links:...
(* 1914), actress
- Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff
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(1921–1998), actor and presenter
- Hans Moser
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, real name Jean Julier (1880–1964), Austrian actor
- Hans Werner Olm
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(* 1955), cabaret performer and comic
- Hans Rosenthal
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, (1925–1987), German entertainer and presenter, named Hänschen Rosenthal
- Hans Söhnker
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- Dolph Lundgren
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(born Hans Lundgren), actor and martial artist
- Hans Christian Andersen
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(1805–1875), Danish storyteller
- Hanns Heinz Ewers
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- Hans Fallada
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- Hans von Felgenhauer (1863–1946); German officer, writer and poet
- Hans Herbjørnsrud
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, (* 1938), Norwegian author
- Hans Henny Jahnn
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(1894–1959), German writer
- Hans Kruppa (* 1954), writer
- Hans Kudszus (1901–1977), German aphorist
- Hansjörg Martin (1920–1999), crime author
- Hans Mayer
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(1907–2001), literary scholar
- Hans Erich Nossack (1901–1977), German writer
- Hans Pöögelmann (1875–1938), Estonian poet and communist
- Hans Asperger
Hans Asperger was an Austrian pediatrician, after whom Asperger syndrome was named. He wrote over 300 publications, mostly concerning autism in children.-Biography:...
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Pediatrics or paediatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. A medical practitioner who specializes in this area is known as a pediatrician or paediatrician...
, Asperger syndrome
Asperger's syndrome that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development...
is named after him.
- Hans Ebert, Music Executive
- Hans Guido von Bülow (1830–1894), German pianist and conductor
- Hans Gruber
Hans Gruber was a Canadian conductor of Austrian birth.Born in Vienna, Gruber became a naturalised Canadian citizen in 1944. He entered The Royal Conservatory of Music in 1939 where he was a conducting student of Allard de Ridder...
(1925–2001), a Canadian conductor
- Hans Raj Hans
Hans Raj Hans is an Indian Punjabi language singer.Early lifeHans was born in Shafipur, a village near Jalandhar, Punjab, India. He is the second son of Late Sardar Arjan Singh Ji and Mata Ajit Kaur Ji . Hans had no musical history in his family, yet he began singing at a young age. Hans...
, Indian Sufi singer
- Hans Söllner
Johann Michael Söllner , better known as Hans Söllner, is a German singer-songwriter. Throughout German-speaking countries, especially in Germany and Austria, he is famous for publicly criticizing the German government and political systems in general to a vast extent...
(* 1955), songwriter
- Hans Zimmer
Hans Florian Zimmer is a German film composer and music producer. He has composed music for over 100 films, including critically acclaimed film scores for The Lion King , Crimson Tide , The Thin Red Line , Gladiator , The Dark Knight and Inception .Zimmer spent the early part of his career in the...
(* 1957), German film composer
- Hans Jurgen-Kursch (Hansi)
Hans Jürgen Kürsch, better known as Hansi Kürsch is a German musician, the lead vocalist and lyricist of power metal band Blind Guardian. Together with André Olbrich, he is also the principal songwriter for the band. He was also the bassist in Blind Guardian until the 1998 album Nightfall in...
(1966) German lead vocalist of power metal band Blind Guardian
- Hansel & Raul (1959), famous Cuban duo singers
Politics & military
- Hans Blix
is a Swedish diplomat and politician for the Liberal People's Party. He was Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs . Blix was also the head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission from March 2000 to June 2003, when he was succeeded by Dimitris Perrikos...
, head of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (2000–2003)
- Hans, Count von Bülow
Ludwig Friedrich Victor Hans, Count von Bülow was a Westphalian and Prussian statesman....
(1774–1825), Prussian statesman
- Hans von Dohnanyi
Hans von Dohnanyi was a German jurist, rescuer of Jews, and German resistance fighter against the Nazi régime.-Early life:...
(1902–1945), jurist and resistance fighter
- Hans Frank
Hans Michael Frank was a German lawyer who worked for the Nazi party during the 1920s and 1930s and later became a high-ranking official in Nazi Germany...
(1900 –1946), Former high ranking Nazi lawyer and official.
- Hans Dietrich Genscher (* 1927), West German politician
- Hans Jauch (1883–1965), colonel
- Hans Maier
Hans Maier was a Dutch water polo player who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics.Born in Madioen, Dutch East Indies, he was part of the Dutch team which finished fifth in the 1936 tournament. He played all seven matches.-References:*...
(* 1931), politician
- Hans Oster
Hans Oster was a German Army general, deputy head of the Abwehr under Wilhelm Canaris, and an opponent of Adolf Hitler and Nazism. He was a leading figure of the German resistance from 1938 to 1943.-Early career:...
(1887–1945), German Brigadier General and deputy head of Military Intelligence
- Hannsheinz Porst (1922–2010), East German spy
- Hans Scholl
Hans Fritz Scholl was a founding member of the White Rose resistance movement in Nazi Germany.-Biography:...
(1918–1943), resistance fighter
- Hans Wiegel
Hans Wiegel is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy . He served as a Member of the House of Representatives from April 18, 1967 until December 19, 1977...
(1941), Dutch politician
- Hans von Luck
Hans-Ulrich von Luck und Witten , usually shortened to Hans von Luck, was a Colonel in the German Armored Forces during World War II. He served with the 7th Panzer Division and 21st Panzer Division, seeing action in Poland, France, North Africa, Italy and Russia...
- Hans Albert Einstein (1904–1973), Pf. of Hydrolic engineering, A. Einstein's son
- Hans Bethe
Hans Albrecht Bethe was a German-American nuclear physicist, and Nobel laureate in physics for his work on the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis. A versatile theoretical physicist, Bethe also made important contributions to quantum electrodynamics, nuclear physics, solid-state physics and...
(1906–2005), Nobel laureate in physics for his work on the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis.
- Hans Charles Freeman
Hans Charles Freeman, AM, FAA, was a German-born Australian bioinorganic chemist, protein crystallographer, and Professor of Inorganic Chemistry who spent most of his career at the University of Sydney...
(1929–2008), German-born Australian protein crystallographer who elucidated the structure of plastocyanin
- Hans Geiger (1882–1945), Inventor of the Geiger counter
- Hans Steffen
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(1865–1937), German geographer and explorer of Patagonia
- Hans Adolf Krebs
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(1900–1981), German born, British physician and biochemist. Identified citric acid cycle
The citric acid cycle — also known as the tricarboxylic acid cycle , the Krebs cycle, or the Szent-Györgyi-Krebs cycle — is a series of chemical reactions which is used by all aerobic living organisms to generate energy through the oxidization of acetate derived from carbohydrates, fats and...
- Hans-Jörg Butt
Hans-Jörg Butt is a German footballer who plays for FC Bayern Munich in the German League, as a goalkeeper.Known for taking penalty kicks, he netted nearly 30 goals in Germany's top flight...
(b. 1974), German football (soccer) player (FC Bayern Munich
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- Hans Sarpei
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(b. 1976), Ghanaian soccer player (FC Schalke 04
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- Hans Dersch
Hans F. Dersch is a former international breaststroke swimmer from the United States, who participated for his native country at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain....
(b. 1967), American breaststroke swimmer
- Hans Knecht
Hans Knecht was an Swiss professional road racing cyclist. The highlight of his career was winning the World Cycling Championship in 1946. He was a professional cyclist from 1939 to 1949.-References:...
(1913–1996), Swiss road racing cyclist
- Hans Krankl
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(b. 1953), Austrian football player and trainer
- Hans Lutz
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(b. 1949), German track and road cyclist
- Hans Müller
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(b. 1957), football player
- Hans Nüsslein
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(1910–1991), tennis player
- Hans Parrel
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(b. 1944), Dutch water polo player
- Hans von Tschammer und Osten
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(1887–1943), sports director
- Hans Wouda
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(b. 1941), Dutch water polo player
- Hans von Bartensleben, named Hans der Reiche (1512–1583)
- Hans Erlwein (1872–1914), architect
- Hans Seyffer
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- Hans Emil Meyer
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(1889–1954) Swiss architect and theorist (Bauhaus)
- Hans Moleman
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(* 1976), Simpsons Character
- Hans Geering
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, a character in the BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!
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- Hans Gruber, fictional antagonist from Die Hard
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- Hans Zarkov, fictional protagonist from Flash Gordon
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- Hans Gudegast, the name given to the mountain climber in Cliff Hangers, a pricing game on the U.S. television game show The Price Is Right
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- Hans Landa
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, fictional character from "Inglorious Basterds"
- Hans Holbein the Younger
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(1497-1543), German Renaissance Portraitist