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Hermine - what's in a name?

Emma Watson, who plays Harry Potter character Hermione (or Hermine in Germany) Granger. (Source: AP Images) Emma Watson, who plays Harry Potter character Hermione (or Hermine in Germany) Granger. (Source: AP Images)
Hermine Braunsteiner (Source: Majdanek Museum via Wikipedia) Hermine Braunsteiner (Source: Majdanek Museum via Wikipedia)
Hermine Santruschitz (Source: Rob Bogaerts / Anefo - Nationaal Archief via Wikipedia) Hermine Santruschitz (Source: Rob Bogaerts / Anefo - Nationaal Archief via Wikipedia)
Image showing the popularity of the name Hermine in the U.S. in the early 20th Century. (Source: SSA.gov) Image showing the popularity of the name Hermine in the U.S. in the early 20th Century. (Source: SSA.gov)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - With Tropical Depression #9 officially upgraded to Tropical Storm Hermine, we took a look into the history of this unusual name.

According to BehindTheName.com, Hermine is used in German and French, and is the feminine form of the name “Herman.”

In English, it's pronounced "Her-meen" - listen to the correct pronunciation below: 

Three previous tropical storms have been named Hermine: a storm in 1980 that caused significant flooding in Mexico, a 2004 storm during one of the costliest Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, and a storm in 2010 that reached near-hurricane strength and caused widespread flooding in Guatemala

In the United States, the name reached its peak of popularity in 1910, ranking as the 744th most popular girl’s name; 33 babies were born that year with the name, according to the Social Security Administration.

In the German translation of the Harry Potter series, Hermione Granger is renamed Hermine.

Hermine Braunsteiner Ryan was a female concentration camp guard and the first Nazi to be extradited from the United States to face trial in Germany. She was known by prisoners as the "Stomping Mare," and was said to have whipped women to death, thrown children by their hair into trucks, hung girl prisoners, and stomped an old woman to death with her jackboots. She was found by Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal by chance, and he wrote that when he greeted her at her doorstep in Queens, New York, she said: "My God, I knew this would happen. You've come."

Hermine Santruschitz, better known as Miep Gies, was one of the Dutch citizens who hid Anne Frank, her family, and four other Jews from the Nazis.

Hermine Demoriane, born in Paris in 1942, was a tightrope walker in the 1970s, as well as a singer, author and journalist. She is currently the president of the non-profit organization Ateliers d’artistes de Sacy, which organizes artists' residences by British and French artists and hosts exhibitions.

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