HARTMANN Surname Meaning and Family History

What Does the Last Name Hartmann Mean?

The surname Hartmann originated as a descriptive name meaning "brave man."
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Hartmann originated as a patronymic surname taken from the German first name Hartmann, meaning "brave man." From the Germanic element hard, meaning "brave and hardy," combined with mann, or "man."

Hartmann may also have originated in some cases as an elaboration on the German surname Hart or Hardt, either a topographic name for someone who lived by woods used as pasture, from the Middle High German hart or a nickname meaning "stag," from the Middle Low German hërte, harte

Hartmann is the 25th most common German surname.

Surname Origin: German

Alternate Surname Spellings: HARTMAN, HARDTMANN

Famous People with the HARTMANN Surname

  • Erich Alfred Hartmann - WWII German fighter pilot
  • Philip Edward "Phil" Hartman - Canadian-American actor, comedian, screenwriter and graphic artist
  • Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann - Danish composer and organist
  • William M. Hartmann - American physicist and psychoacoustician
  • Richard Hartmann - German engineering manufacturer

Where is the HARTMANN Surname Most Common?

According to surname distribution from Forebears, the Hartmann surname is most common in Germany, ranking as the country's 21st most common surname, followed by Switzerland, where it ranks 64th. It is also somewhat common in Denmark, Austria and Liechtenstein. WorldNames PublicProfiler indicates the Hartmann last name is common throughout Germany, as well as in eastern Austria and western Hungary.

Surname maps from Verwandt.de indicate the Hartmann last name is most common in western Germany, especially in the counties or cities of Berlin, Region Hannover, Munich, Hamburg, Hildesheim, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Frankfurt am Main, Lahn-Dill-Kreis, Cologne and Siegen-Wittgenstein.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname HARTMANN

Meanings of Common German Surnames
Uncover the meaning of your German last name with this free guide to the meanings and origins of common German surnames.

Hartmann Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Hartmann family crest or coat of arms for the Hartmann surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.

Hartman DNA Surname Project
Individuals with the Hartman surname, and variations such as Hartmann, Hardman, Hartney, Hartkoph, Hartfield, etc. are invited to participate in this group DNA project in an attempt to learn more about Hartmann family origins. The website includes information on the project, the research done to date, and instructions on how to participate.

HARTMANN Family Genealogy Forum
This free message board is focused on descendants of Hartmann ancestors around the world.

FamilySearch - HARTMANN Genealogy
Explore over 1.4 million results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Hartmann surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

HARTMANN Surname Mailing List
Free mailing list for researchers of the Hartmann surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.

DistantCousin.com - HARTMANN Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Hartmann.

GeneaNet - Hartmann Records
GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Hartmann surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries.

The Hartmann Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Hartmann surname from the website of Genealogy Today.


References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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