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German First Names
The Importance of First Names!
We respond to our name throughout our lives. People associate us with our first name, it forms part of our identity. They help to distinguish us from one to another. Other people gain immediate and sometimes totally subconscious views of people, just from hearing a name they can therefore give us a distinct advantage in life, or conversely, a disadvantage! The choice of a German Baby name is, therefore, incredibly important. And those of us who choose a baby's name are taking on a responsible task!
The Origins of German Surnames
Until the 17th century, first names played a more important role. The origins of German surnames include place names, those related to mythology and history, origins from colours, plants and other types of nature, Fictional origins, historical origins, characteristic and religious origins. We then move on to the genre which can be classed as Descriptive, Place, Speciality and finally unique (or created name's).
German Christian Names
The First name is often referred to as a Christian name. German names share similar first , or Christian names, with other Christian countries. These 'shared' Christian name's differ from country to country according to the language and the spellings. Pronunciations of these therefore also vary. The church encouraged the use of biblical naming from the New Testament and the use of Saint's ones. Old Testament name's were not commonly used by Christians until the 18th century. The language of origin for Christian names was therefore Latin, Hebrew or Greek. Much of Europe came under Germanic rule during its colourful history and German first names were imported to England, France, Spain and Italy. These were all derived from early Germanic, Celtic or Slavic languages.
What German baby name shall I give to my baby?
Will the traditional German baby name suit my baby? Will it be appropriate throughout a full life cycle starting with baby - toddler - school child - teenager - young adults - parents - middle age - retirement and ending with old age. Will it suit a pensioner as well as a baby? Will the schoolchild be teased mercilessly about a name? What will your baby think of your choice?