The name Arminia is the feminine form of "Arminius" that first appeared in the 19th century and refers to the legendary Cheruscan prince Arminius , Hermann the Cheruscan . All national forces in the 19th century appealed to him and these were above all the fraternities and gymnastics clubs.
Student associations and many sports clubs are female: so "the" Normannia, Aenania, Bavaria, Novesia, Ripuaria, Guestfalia, Markomannia, Hercynia, Rhenania, Fridericia, Brunsvigia, Teutonia, Germanica etc. The clubs were named either after landscapes (Rhenania, Alsatia, Algovia = Rhineland, Alsace, Allgäu), according to Germanic peoples (Markomannia = Marcomanni / Bavaria, Alemannia = Alemanni / Swabia; Cheruscia = Cherusker), national mythical figures (Arminia) or royal models (Fridericia).
Since Armin, mentioned in Tacitus' Annals 1 , was also known as Hermann the Cheruscan, the name "Arminia" always has something to do with the victor of the Varus Battle (9 AD). He was called "Hermann" only after Klopstock , a contemporary of Goethe and Schiller . It is possible that the name Hermann has something to do with Irmin , the Germanic deity. This Irmin (or Erman, Armin) was worshiped by the Teutons as one of the three sons of the god Mannus. Irmin was regarded as the progenitor of the Herminons , who settled in Saxony, as well as of the Alamanni and Marcomanni.
The oldest fraternity was the Breslau “Arminia”; It received its name in 1848 after it was previously called "Teutonia" (today the Old Breslau fraternity of the Raczeks ). Two years before the well-known football club Arminia Bielefeld , which was founded in 1905, there was already FC Arminia Ludwigshafen, established in 1903, but the oldest gymnastics association with the name "Arminia", the ATV Arminia zu Tübingen , was founded in 1887.
- after Tacitus: Germania , chap. 2