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This name comes from the Old High German name “Heriman“, composed of two elements: “*harjaz” (army, army leader, commander, warrior) plus “*mann-” (man, the name of the M-rune). The name means “warrior, fighter”. The Old High German element “man” is related to “*mundō” (protector, protection, tutelage, guardianship), for example, the Old Norse name “Hermundr”. Hermann of Reichenau (1013–1054) was an 11th-century scholar, composer, music theorist, mathematician, and astronomer. He composed the Marian prayer Alma Redemptoris Mater. He was beatified (cultus confirmed) in 1863. Arminius, also known as Armin or Hermann (Ancient Germanic (Latinized): Arminius), was a chieftain of the Germanic Cherusci who defeated a Roman army in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. The story of Armida, a Saracen sorceress, and Rinaldo, a soldier in the First Crusade, was created by the Italian poet Torquato Tasso. In his epic Gerusalemme liberata, Rinaldo is a fierce and determined warrior who is also honorable and handsome.

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