Home / German

German names - Baby names with the origin German

Common Source For All Baby Names (well almost) Northern Indo-European Germanic people who spoke a common language were the originators for Germanic names.  During the1st millennium BC, these Scandinavians (Vandals, Angles, Saxons, Danes, Swedes, Goths, etc.) spread across Europe. All Germanic languages or Teutonics descended from this tribal ancestor in the 1st century when Germanic rule dominated the majority of the European continent. Many are still used today, including German, Dutch, English, Yiddish and Swedish. When several tribes were Christianized between 500 – 1000 AD, traditional Germanic names were used alongside Christian names.  Modern Germanic Names Today’s European names are commonly Germanic in origin. Old Norse names like Gustav and Ingrid are still used in Scandinavia. German and French royalty have bore Germanic names including Freidrich, Louis, Charles, Matilda and Henri. Influences from the Visigoth Germanic tribe remains evident in Portugal and Spain where names like Gonzalo, Rodrigo, Alfonso and Fernando are typical. English-speaking areas use Old English originated names like Alfred, Edith and Edward, as well as Norman originated such as Roger, Richard, and William. Old Norse origins can also be found in English names like Arnold, Eric, and Ronald. Name Elements The etymological portion for a particular name is called a name element. The construction for Germanic first names usually included two elements, dithematic. Names like Gerhard is the combined form of ger (spear) and hard (brave). Meaning didn’t appear to play a significant role in elemental combinations for the names. Preference is noted by frequency in some tribes over others, as well as positional placement, first or second. Militaristic and warklike meanings were common in name elements. Other typical examples for Germanic name element usage are bert (bright) found in Robert, Albert, and Bertram. Linda is used in naming girls in the US, Finland, Italy, Scandinavia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Holland, as well as Germany. Linda derives from the element linde (soft and tender) and was originally used as a short form for Germanic names. The Spanish word ‘linda’ (beautiful) is coincidental. The name is commonly used in English speaking countries and has over 12 diminutives including : Lindy, Lynette, Lynn, Lyndi, and Lynna. Below are some common names with elemental origins and meanings. Elements in Germanic Names
alf – "supernatural being, elf" comes fr Old Norse alfr, Old Eng ælf
ex. Alvin, Algar, Alfred el, adal, al – "noble" comes fr Old Ger adal, Old Norse aðal, Old Eng æðel,
ex. Elmer, Adelaide, Albert dis – "goddess" comes fr Old Norse dís
(Vigdís, Valdís) od, ot, et – "prosperity, fortunate" comes fr Old Ger od, Old Eng ead
ex. Edwin, Edward, Edmund, Edgar, Odovacar, Odo ek, eg  – "edge of a sword" from Old Ger ek, Old Eng ecg
ex. Egbert, Eckhard fred, frid, frit – "peace" comes fr Old Ger frid
ex.Wilfred, Frederick, Fritjof  rid, frid – "beautiful" comes fr Old Norse fríðr
ex. Sigrid, Ingrid, Astrid ger, gar – "spear" from Old Ger ger, Old Eng gar, Old Norse geirr
ex. Gerald, Gerard, Gertrude, Edgar hard – "hardy, brave" fr Old Ger hard
ex. Gerard, Richard her – "warrior, army" comes fr Old Ger heri, Old Norse herr, arr, Old Eng here,
ex. Herbert, Harold, Herman hu, hug – "heart, mind, spirit" fr Old Ger hug
ex. Hubert, Hugh hild – "battle" fr Old Ger hild, Old Norse hildr
ex. Hilda, Brunhilde, Borghild, Matilda mund, mond – "protector" fr Old Eng mund
Esmond, Edmund, Osmond, Raymond os – "a god, divine" comes fr Old Eng os (rel.= Old Norse áss)
ex. Osbert, Oswald, Osmond red, rad – "wise" or "counsel" comes fr Old Eng ræd, Old Norse rad
Conrad, Alfred ric, rich – "ruler" or "power" comes fr Old Ger ric, Old Norse rikr
ex. Eric, Henry, Richard rud, rod – "fame" fr Old Ger hrod, Old Eng hreod
ex. Rudolf, Robert, Roderick sig – "victory" fr Old Norse sigr, Old Ger sige
ex. Sigurd, Sigmund wald, vald, hold – "rule, power" fr Old Ger wald, Old Norse valdr, Old Eng weald
ex. Oswald, Walter, Arnold ward – "guard" fr Old Eng weard
ex. Howard, Edward win – "friend" fr Old Eng wine
ex. Alvin, Edwin German Names German given names are called ‘Vorname’ and can be more than one. Typically, a full German name includes given name (1 or more) and a surname (family name). European names remain common sources used in Germany for naming their children. Laws dictate what names Germans are allowed to give to their children. The top names used in Germany today are:  Va, Emma, Alison, Heidi, Raaf, Abigail, Haakon, Ada, and Aaby.
German Surnames Fischer, Schmidt, Becker, Schneider, Zimmermann, Hoffmann, Wagner and Schultz are common surnames originating from Germany. Schwartz is a last name often associated with great German athletes like Hans Schwartz, 1934 FIFA World Cup football star, Heiko Schwartz, Olympian swimmer, and Alois Schwartz, former football player turned manager in 2009. Famous people who changed their German names in for Hollywood stage names include Ralph Lauren (born Ralph Lifshitz), Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz), Winona Ryder (born Winona Laura Horowitz), and Stephanie Powers (born Stefania Federkiewicz) Is That German ? Some names with German origin sound so cute, many people would be surprised to discover their true origination.

Abby
F
steadfast and highborn

Alicia
F
noble, nobility

Alisha
F
nobility

Allison
F
noble, kind

Ava
F
bird

Axel
M
father of peace

Bill
M
will-helmet

Emily

eager, industrious

Emma
F
all embracing, industrious

Erica
F
honorable ruler

Madison
F
mighty warrior’s child

Rachel
F
female sheep, ewe

Sophia
F
wisdom

Lamar
M
famous land

Hannah
F
loved by God

Zara
F
princess or lady

Sort : Alphabetical | Date
Name Origin MeaningM/FCelebrity Baby?Celebrity?Shortlist
WangariGermanWanderer
BoyShortlist
AUDIGermanLast Daughter
GirlShortlist
UlanGermanJade orchid.
GirlShortlist
TERRELGerman-BoyShortlist
CharleeGermanStrong courageous one from the meadow. The feminine form of Charles. A short form of Charlene.
GirlShortlist
CharleighGermanStrong courageous one from the meadow. The feminine form of Charles. A short form of Charlene.
GirlShortlist
DustineGermanWarrior. A feminine form of Dustin.
GirlShortlist
IdaliaGermanGlorious sun
Elaboration of Ida, diligent,
BoyShortlist
JericaGermanMighty warrior ruler.
GirlShortlist
MariluGerman-Shortlist
WildaGermanUntamed
Resolute, brilliant
BoyShortlist
OswaldGermanGod of the forest, Divinely ruled by God.
Divine power,
BoyShortlist
AilsaGermanA diminutive of Elizabeth, meaning 'my god is bountiful', or 'god of plenty.' Also from the Old German athal meaning 'noble'. Famous bearers: heroine of Wagner's opera 'Loheogrin'; the tame lioness in Joy Adamson's Born Free.
BoyShortlist
AlaricGerman-BoyShortlist
RoddGerman-BoyShortlist
RolloGerman-BoyShortlist
RalphGermanWolf counsel; An old name from Scandinavian and Germanic elements, Ralph is pronounced "Rafe" in many areas outside the United States.,
BoyYesShortlist
RichardGermanPowerful; strong ruler
BoyYesShortlist
RobGermanBoyYesShortlist
ShermanGerman-BoyShortlist
AntonieGermanPraiseworthy; feminine form of Anthony
Flower; feminine form of Anthony.,
Priceless,
Priceless
BoyShortlist
ArmandeGerman-BoyShortlist
ArnaudGermanThe eagle rules; strong as an eagle. Famous Bearer: Movie star and producer/directer Arnold Schwarzennegger.
BoyShortlist
BernadetteGermanCourage of a bear; feminine form of Bernard. Saint Bernadette was a French peasant girl who was visited by the Virgin Mary at a grotto near Lourdes.,
BoyYesShortlist
BernadineGermanStrong and brave little bear; little warrior. The feminine form of Bernard.
BoyShortlist
BERNEGerman-BoyShortlist
BlankaGermanWhite, fair-haired.
White
BoyShortlist
CharleenGermanStrong. Courageous one from the meadow.
GirlShortlist
GautierGermanMighty Leader
BoyShortlist
GeriGermanBrave spear carrier. A short form of Geraldine.
GirlYesShortlist
GermainGerman-Shortlist
GiselaGermanPromise
Pledge, oath
BoyShortlist
JeriGerman-GirlShortlist
MALLORYGermanUnfortunate. Ill-fated.
War counselor
BoyShortlist
MathildaGermanMighty battle maiden
BoyShortlist
NormanGermanFrom the north, northerner; The name Norman appeared before the French Norman Conquest, and therefore while both names may come from the same root, they are not as directly linked as may first appear.,
BoyYesShortlist
ReynardGermanFox|Mighty.
BoyShortlist
BARRETTGermanMighty as a bear or a variant of Barnett
BoyShortlist
BergGermanMountain,
BoyShortlist
BraunGermanBrown haired.
BoyShortlist
AdelaGermanGood humor, of the nobility,
BoyShortlist
AdelaideGermanBoyYesShortlist
ADELLEGermanNoble, Kind
GirlShortlist
ADELMARGermanGerman cognate of ELMER
BoyShortlist
AlariceGermanWolf ruler, Fierce, Hard, Noble, Supreme ruler of all. A feminine form of Alaric / Ulrick.
Rules all; feminine form of Alaric
Rules all; feminine form of Alaric,
BoyShortlist
AlisonGermanA 13th century variant of Alice meaning nobility. Now particularly popular in Scotland.
BoyYesShortlist
AllysonGerman-BoyShortlist
AlysonGermanBoyYesShortlist
ARCHGermanBold, Bowman
BoyShortlist
BallardGerman-BoyShortlist
Page 1 of 110123...510...Last »