Germaine: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Germaine

Germaine

Pronunciation: jer-MAYN (key)

Origin of the name Germaine:

Feminine form of Germain, a borrowing from the French, that is from the Late Latin germānus (brother), which is derived from germen (a spout, a bud, embryo). Var: Germaine, Jermaine.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Not too many people realize this is a French name and if they call my home they ask for Mr. Germaine Moore, and I always have to tell them that Germaine is my name. Many people are embarrassed when they realize their mistake, but it has happened numerous times and I am not bothered by the mistake, and they always end up asking me more about my heritage.

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One of my brothers used to tease me and call me "germ" My other nickname has been Gerri, and since my second name is Monique, I have been called Moni, MiMi, Nicki.

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My mother is French and my slibings and me each had French names; mine was Germaine Monique. The meaning of Germaine is sister, and I was named after my mother.

Famous real-life people named Germaine: | Edit

Germaine Greer, Australian author, activist, and feminist
Germaine Monteil, French fashion designer and cosmetician
Germaine Cellier, French perfumer
Germaine Krull, German photographer, political activist, and hotel owner
Germaine Talleferre, French composer and the only female member of the famous composers group "Les Six"
Germaine Dulac, French film director
St. Germaine Cousin, patron of child abuse victims
Queen Germaine de Foix, wife of Ferdinand II of Aragon

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