Hans Pronunciation / / or HAHNZ / / ; HANZ German: [ˈhans] Gender Male Origin 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.
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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) 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) Shon ( Israeli Hebrew) שון (from Shawn) 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 ] Entertainment [edit ] Hans Albers (1891–1960), singer and actor, stage name Der blonde Hans Hans Clarin (1929–2005), actor Hans Conried (1917–1982), comedian and actor Hansjörg Felmy (born 1931), actor Hans-Joachim Fuchsberger (born 1927), actor and presenter Hans Klok, magician (born 1969) Hansi Knoteck (born 1914), actress Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff (1921–1998), actor and presenter Hans Moser, real name Jean Julier (1880–1964), Austrian actor Hans Werner Olm (born 1955), cabaret performer and comic Hans Rosenthal, (1925–1987), German entertainer and presenter, named Hänschen Rosenthal Hans Söhnker (1903–1981), actor Dolph Lundgren (born Hans Lundgren) (born 1957), actor and martial artist Literature [edit ] Medicine [edit ] Hans Asperger (1906–1980), Austrian pediatrician, Asperger syndrome is named after him Music [edit ] Politics & military [edit ] Hans Blix (born 1928) head of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (2000–2003) Hans, Count von Bülow (1774–1825), Prussian statesman Hans von Dohnanyi (1902–1945), jurist and resistance fighter Hans Frank (1900–1946), former high-ranking Nazi lawyer and official Hans Friderichs (born 1931), German politician and businessman Hans Dietrich Genscher (born 1927), West German politician Hans Maier (born 1931), politician Hans Oster (1887–1945), German Brigadier General and deputy head of Military Intelligence Hans Scholl (1918–1943), resistance fighter Hans Wiegel (born 1941), Dutch politician Hans von Luck (1911–1997) Science [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 Sports [edit ] Hans-Jörg Butt (born 1974), German football (soccer) player Hans Sarpei (born 1976), Ghanaian soccer player Hans Dersch (born 1967), American breaststroke swimmer Hans Knecht (1913–1996), Swiss road racing cyclist Hans Krankl (born 1953), Austrian football player and trainer Hans Lutz (born 1949), German track and road cyclist Hans Müller (born 1957), football player Hans Nüsslein (1910–1991), tennis player Hans Parrel (born 1944), Dutch water polo player Hans von Tschammer und Osten (1887–1943), sports director Hans Wouda (born 1941), Dutch water polo player Other [edit ] Fictional characters [edit ] Hans, a James Bond henchman in You Only Live Twice Hans, a German enemy character in the fighting game Human Killing Machine Hans Moleman, Simpsons Character Hans Geering, a character in the BBC sitcom ' Allo 'Allo! Hans Gruber, fictional antagonist from Die Hard Hans Zarkov, fictional protagonist from Flash Gordon 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 Hans Landa, fictional character from Inglourious Basterds Super Hans, a character in the British TV comedy Peep Show Hans and Franz, recurring sketch characters on Saturday Night Live Hansel and Gretel, fictional characters from the book Hansel and Gretel See also [edit ] External links [edit ]