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Subject: Re: Questions about use of Luther as a given name in Germany
Author: Andy ;—)   (guest, 87.177.83.28)
Date: June 23, 2009 at 2:10:30 AM
Reply to: Questions about use of Luther as a given name in Germany by Cleveland Kent Evans
Luther as a given name seems to be extremely rare in Germany. W.Seibicke* lists 9 bearers of the name from the 14th century to 1985 (one in 1940, one in the sixties).
Seibicke says: "Luther is not recommendable because of the popularity of the reformer." I wouldn't name my son Luther for the very reason; he would have a hard time at school. There is no law to prohibit the name, though.
I would think that Germans are familiar with Luther at least as a middle name because of the popularity of Martin Luther King. I don't think Luther Vandross or Luther Burbank are very popular in Germany. However, usually Germans are not surprised at anything weird that comes from accross the pond ;—)

* Historisches Deutsches Vornamenbuch

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