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A variety of popular German Baby Names for both boys and girls have been detailed on this page. A selection of nearly 200 German Baby Names to choose from! Still unsure? Then check out over 50,000 other names available via the Index. Information about the origins of German first and surnames have also been included - fascinating reading for anyone interested in German Baby Names.

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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?

German Boy MeaningsGerman Girl Meanings
Adelfried - He Who Protects Descendants 
Adelino - Noble
Adler - Eagle
Adolph - Noble Wolf 
Ahren - Eagle 
Alaric - Noble Ruler
Alder - Alder Tree
Aldous - Wealthy
Alphonse - Noble Estate
Alvin - Friend To All
Ancel - Diety
Arnold - Eagle; Powerful 
Baldwin - Bold Friend
Barend - Bear 
Barrett - Strong As A Bear 
Berg - Mountain, Hill Dweller
Bergen - Mountain, Hill Dweller 
Bernard - Brave As A Bear 
Bert - Bright & Shining
Bertram - Bright
Bruno - Brown Haired
Bryon - Cottage
Burke - Birch Tree
Carl - Farmer 
Charles - Farmer 
Claus - Form Of Nicholas
Conrad - Brave Counsel 
Dagobert - Shining Sun 
Derick - Ruler Of The People
Dieter - The People's Ruler 
Dolf - Form Of Adolf 
Eberhard - Like A Wild Boar
Edwin - Prosperous Friend 
Egbert - Sword; Famous 
Eldwin - Old Friend
Ellery - Lives Near An Elder Tree 
Emery - Industrious Leader 
Emmett - Industrious, Strong
Ernest - Earnest 
Ferdinand - Adventurous; Courageous 
Franz - Form Of Francis 
Frederick - Peaceful Ruler 
Fritz Form Of Frederick 
Gary - Mighty Spearman 
Geert - Brave And Strong
Gerard - Brave
Guthrie - War Hero
Hahn - Rooster
Harvey - Army Warrior 
Heinrich Form Of Henry 
Heller - The Sun
Helmut Courageous 
Helmuth - Protector 
Henry - Ruler Of The Household 
Herb - Glorious Soldier 
Herbert - Glorious Soldier
Herman - Soldier 
Imre - Great King 
Jaegar - Hunter 
Jarvis - Skilled With A Spear 
Jerry - Mighty Spearman 
Johan - Form Of John 
Keene - Bold; Sharp
Kellen - Swamp 
Kurt - Courteous 
Lamar - Famous In The Land 
Lance - Knight's Attendant 
Leonard - Brave As A Lion 
Leopold - Bold Leader 
Loring - Famous In War 
Louis - Famous Warrior
Louis - Warrior 
Luther - Warrior
Manfred - Man Of Peace 
Mayer - Bringer Of Light
Miles - Merciful
Milo - Form Of Miles
Norbert - Hero 
Odell - Little Wealthy
Omar - First Son
Otis - Son Of Otto 
Otto - Rich
Penrod - Commander
Raymond - Protector
Richard - Brave One
Ritter - Knight
Roderick - Famous Ruler 
Roger - Famous Spearman 
Roland - Famous In The Land
Rolf - Form Of Ralph 
Rory - Form Of Roderick 
Roth - Red Haired 
Rowland - Famous In The Land
Rudolf - Famous Wolf 
Stein - Stone
Strom - Stream 
Terrell - Thunder Ruler
Theobold - Boldest 
Ulbrecht - Form Of Albert
Ulrich - Wolf Ruler
Varick - Protecting Ruler 
Verner - Defending Army
Vilhelm - Form Of William 
Walter - Powerful Warrior 
Wendell - Wanderer 
Wilfred - Determined Peacemaker 
Wolfgang - Wolf Quarrel 
Yohann - Form Of Johan 
Zelig - Blessed One
Ada - Form Of Adelaide 
Adalgisa - Noble Hostage
Adelaide - Noble And Serene
Adelina - Noble 
Adelle - Form Of Adelaide
Adolfina - Noble Wolf Or Hero
Alberta - Noble And Bright
Alice Noble - Truth 
Alison - Of Noble Birth
Amara - Eternal, Immortal, Steadfast, Beloved 
Anna - Gracious
Arabelle - Beautiful Eagle 
Arnelle - As Strong As An Eagle
Arnwlle - As Strong As Eagle
Aubrey - Noble
Ava - A Bird
Bernadette - Bold As A Bear 
Bernadine - Brave As A Bear
Berta - Intelligent; Glorious
Callan - Chatter
Carla - Farmer 
Carleigh - Freeholder
Carol - Farmer
Carolyn - Melody, Song
Chloris - Pale
Christa - Form Of Christina 
Clay - Mortal
Dagmar - Joyous Day
Delia - Form Of Adelaide 
Ebba - Strength
Edwina - Prosperous Friend 
Elga - Form Of Helga 
Elke - Form Of Alice 
Elsa - Noble 
Elsbeth - God's Oath 
Elvira - Closed Up 
Emily - Industrious 
Emma - Form Of Emily
Erika - Ever Powerful 
Ernestine - Earnest 
Faiga - A Bird
Frederica - Peaceful Ruler
Galiana - Supreme One 
Genevieve - Form Of Guinevere
Gerda - Protection 
Gertrude - Beloved Warrior 
Giselle - Pledge 
Greta - Form Of Gretchen 
Gretchen L- Ittle Pearl
Heidi - Noble And Kind 
Helga - Pious 
Henrietta - Ruler Of The Home 
Idonia - Industrious
Imelda - Warrior
Jarvia - Spear-Keen
Jenell - Knowledge And Understanding 
Leona - Brave As A Lioness
Leopolda - Bold Leader 
Leyna - Little Angel
Liese - Beloved Of God
Lorelei - Alluring 
Louise - Warrior Maiden 
Luann Graceful Warrior 
Mallory - Army Counselor
Malorie - Army Counselor
Margret - Form Of Margaret
Mariel - Form Of Mary
Marlene - Bitter 
Mathilda - Battle Maiden; Strong
Maud - Strong In Battle 
Millicent - Industrious 
Minna - Love; Mother 
Morgen - Morning
Nixie - Water Sprite/Fairy
Norberta Blond Hero 
Nordica - From The North 
Olinda - Protector Of Property
Orlantha - From The Land 
Pepin - Perseverance 
Raina - Mighty
Richelle - Brave One 
Roderica - Famous One 
Rolanda - Famous In The Land 
Schmetterling - Butterfly 
Selma - Devine Protector
Senta - Assistant
Serilda - Armed Maiden 
Sonnenschein - Sunshine 
Trudy - Form Of Gertrude
Ula - Pearl
Ulrika - Wolf Ruler
Ulva - Wolf 
Unna Woman 
Vala - Singled Out
Velma - Form Of Vilhelmina 
Viveka -  Little Woman
Wanda - Wanderer 
Wilma Form - Of Wilhelmina 
Winifred - Peaceful Friend 
Winola - Charming Friend 
Zelda - Gray Warrior 
Zelinda - Shield Of Victory 
Zelma - Form Of Selma
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German Surnames

Origins of German Surnames
The origins of this these 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 Surnames
The German patronymics surnames system used the prefix sen (meaning son of) such as Petersen (for son of Peter). Many German surnames are prefixed by 'inger' as in Henry Kissinger indicating a place of origin. The name Kissinger was originally someone from Kissingen. Occupations and Trades were reflected in German surnames such as Bauer meaning a farmer, Zimmermann meaning a Carpenter or Bäcker meaning a baker. 

Identifying German Surnames
There are some significant terms which indicate a German surname origin. Names beginning with 'sch' as in Schmidt or Schneider. Names ending with 'mann', 'burg', 'berg', 'lich' or 'stein'. Names containing ' ei' are mostly German such as Reichmann, Klein or Weiss.

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