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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

masc. proper name, a familiar shortening of German and Dutch Johannes (see John). Used figuratively for "a German" or "a Dutchman" from 1560s.

Hans (name)

Hans is a masculine given name. In German, Danish, Dutch, Faroese, Norwegian, Icelandic and Swedish, originally it was short for Johannes ( John) but is also recognized in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands as a name in its own right for official purposes.

The earliest documented usage was in 1356 in Sweden, 1360 in Norway, and the 14th century in Denmark.

" 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: Han, Hanns, Hannes, Hansi (also female), Hansele, Hansal, Hensal, Hanserl, Hännschen, Hennes, Hännes, Hänneschen, Henning, Henner, Honsa, Johan, Johann, Jan, Jannes, Jo, Joha, Hanselmann, Hansje.


Hans may refer to:

  • Hans (name), a masculine given name
  • Han Chinese, the main ethnic group of China
  • Hans Island, contested between Greenland and Canada
  • Hans (film) a 2006 Italian film directed by Louis Nero
  • Hans (Disney), a fictional character and the main antagonist from the 2013 Disney animated film Frozen
  • Hans clan, a tribal clan in Punjab, Pakistan
  • HANS device, a racing car safety device
  • Hans, Marne, a commune in France
  • Clever Hans, the "wonder horse"
  • The Hans India, an English language newspaper in India
  • Hans (comic book), drawn by Grzegorz Rosiński and later by Zbigniew Kasprzak
  • Hans, a Hindi-language literature magazine edited by Rajendra Yadav
  • Hans, a Polish bodybuilder & fitness expert and a recurring character in Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen
Hans (film)

Hans is a 2006 Italian film directed by Louis Nero.

Hans (magazine)

Hans is a Hindi monthly literary magazine published from Delhi. The magazine was first started by pioneer of modern Hindi literature Premchand in 1930, and revived in 1986 by Rajendra Yadav, a noted short-story writer and novelist.

In 1930, Hans began publication under the editorship of Premchand. Mahatma Gandhi and K. M. Munshi. They were associated with Hans to provide an impetus to creative writing. It became a forum projecting national problems and encouraged socially relevant fiction during the struggle for Indian independence.

In 1936 Hans ceased publication following the death of Premchand. The magazine was revived in 1986 with Rajendra Yadav as editor.

Hans (Disney)

Prince Hans of the Southern Isles is a fictional character from Walt Disney Animation Studios' 53rd animated film, Frozen. Hans is voiced by Santino Fontana in the film, and later portrayed by Tyler Jacob Moore in the live action television series Once Upon a Time.

Hans is the thirteenth prince of the Southern Isles. Knowing that he will be unable to inherit the throne of his own country, he concocts a scheme to usurp the throne of another kingdom through marriage. Although he is portrayed as honest and noble throughout most of the film, he is later revealed to be cold, calculating, and cruel in nature.

The reveal of Hans’ villainy is a major plot twist in Frozen, this being revealed in the film's final act. Despite the acclaim that the film has received, Hans' betrayal has been the subject of mixed reception from some critics. While the character's mastery of trickery and Fontana's performance have been praised, Hans' villainous reveal has been criticized for being too upsetting and confusing for the film's younger viewers. Others have considered the character's shift in personality to be a valuable lesson that children can learn from.

Usage examples of "hans".

Hans talks about the areology of the volcano, and he and Stephan discuss the genetic engineering that makes the wildlife around them possible.

The physicist Hans Christian von Baeyer relates a conversation he had with Claudia Denke Tesche, a scientist exploring problems of quantum mechanics.

The pale, bespectacled features of Hans Baumer appeared on one of the screens.

German by the name of Hans Baumer, been here a little over five months.

Then Bernardine and Robert Allitsen drank to the health of Hans and Liza: and then came the time of reckoning.

Hans Globke, so obtaining a hearing for the mealworm party in the Bundestag and for certain undersecretaries in the most important ministries, a great deal, everything perhaps, would have gone wrong.

An idea struck him, and well after midnight, he held up his creation for his bunkmates Withers, Bailey, and Hans to see.

And where Hans had liked to talk, Castner rarely spoke, except when directly addressed.

When Camp Four is established they try several reconnaissance climbs through what Hans calls the Jasper Band.

Yokohama than Mushy Hansen beat it down the waterfront to see if he couldst match me at some good fight club.

When I finally awakened, Hansen, Akeley and Deval were sitting at the ward table talking.

James Eckert pulled up in front of Stoddard Hall on the Riveroak College campus, where Grottwold Weinar Hansen had his lab.

Hans Eide was master and as assistant manager was Erik Bland, son of the chairman of the South Antarctic Whaling Company.

Tetrick, Richard Freeborn, Robert Silverberg, Cory Doctorow, Michael Swanwick, Charles Stross, Craig Engler, Linn Prentis, Vaughne Lee Hansen, Jed Hartman, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Susan Marie Groppi, Patrick Swenson, Tom Vander Neut, Andy Cox, Steve Pendergrast, Laura Ann Gilman, Alastair Reynolds, Warren Lapine, Shawna McCarthy, David Hartwell, Darrell Schweitzer, Robert Sawyer, Jennifer A.

To believe that a body, functioning in this way, is the creation of God, and at the same time to look on this God as a Being of absolute moral perfection, would seem a complete contradiction to the Hans Andersen child.