Show ContentsHermes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prestigious surname Hermes comes from the majestic region of Dauphiné, in France. Hermes is a topographic surname, a form of hereditary surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Hermes is derived from the Old Greek word eremia, which means lonely or solitary, and was a name given to someone who lived on a stretch of barren or deserted land.

Early Origins of the Hermes family

The surname Hermes was first found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where the family held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Hermes family

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Hermes Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hermès, Hermais, Hermait, Hermaies, Las Hermes, de Lazerme, Hermés, Hermé, Hermer, Hermez and many more.

Early Notables of the Hermes family (pre 1700)

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Hermes Ranking

In the United States, the name Hermes is the 8,643rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Hermes migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hermes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Hermes, aged 27, settled in America with his wife and two daughters in 1709
  • Henrich Hermes, who settled in Philadelphia in 1738
Hermes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bern Hermes, who landed in America in 1834 [2]
  • Therese Hermes, who arrived in America in 1837 [2]
  • Gerhard Hermes, aged 36, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [2]
  • Wilhelm Hermes, who settled in Texas in 1846
  • Bernhardine Hermes, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [2]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hermes (post 1700) +

  • Leonard J. Hermes, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Groton, 1940 [3]
  • Mrs. Leonard Hermes, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, 1940 [3]
  • Dalton Hermes, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 2012 [3]
  • Peter Hermes (1922-2015), German diplomat, West German Ambassador to the United States from 1979 to 1984
  • Gertrude Hermes, Sculptor and Wood Engraver
  • Georg Hermes (1775-1831), German Roman Catholic philosopher and theologian
  • Hans Hermes (1912-2003), German mathematician
  • Johann Timotheus Hermes (1738-1821), German novelist
  • Johann Gustav Hermes (1846-1912), German mathematician
  • Hermes Aldo Desio (b. 1970), Argentine retired footballer

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  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, May 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook