Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Germain m. Latin Germanus 'German'.

The name of a 4th C Spanish martyr, a 5th C French saint, a 5th C Breton saint, a 6th C French saint, a 7th C Swiss saint, an 8th C saint and patriarch of Constantinople.

In the 16th C, German and Jarma were used as anglicized forms of Gaelic Diarmaid (cf. Dermot), and thus some of the citations from England may reflect Irishmen immigrants.

England
Latin
1189 Germanus (nom) GASurv p. 166; 1222 Germani (gen) StPaulDom p. 26
Early Modern English
1543 German BarnstapleBap p. 3; 1552 Jerman ibid. p. 7; 1554 German ibid. p. 8; 1559 German ibid. p. 10, Jarma ibid. p. 10; 1560 Jerman ibid. p. 10; 1561 Jerman ibid. p. 11; 1562 German ibid. p. 12; 1563 Jarman ibid. p. 12; 1585 Jermaine SaxhamSf p. 39
France
Latin
519 Germanus (nom) CartYonne1 I; c680 Germani (gen) ibid. VIII, Germanus (nom) ibid. VIII; c823 Germanus (nom) irminon-vol2 65
Old French
1296 Germain paris1296 p. 9; 1313 Germain Paris1313 p. 40
Middle French
1418 Germain HGParis p. 372; 1421 Germain favier 837; 1423 Germain ibid. 231; 1438 Germain ibid. 59; 1561 Germain RegPCC-1 p. 5; 1563 Germain ibid. p. 23; 1564 Germain ibid. p. 51; 1565 Germain ibid. p. 112; 1566 Germain ibid. p. 211; 1567 Germain ibid. p. 281; 1568 Germain ibid. p. 364; 1570 Germain ibid. p. 431; 1571 Germain ibid. p. 449
Ireland
Latin
fin12thC Germein (nom) MunDocIr III, p. 7
Italy
Latin
1464 Zermanus (nom) CUP-III-I CCXXXI
Cite as: J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Germain". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2016, no. 4. http://dmnes.org/2016/4/name/Germain.