German Submitted Names

German names are used in Germany and other German-speaking areas such as Austria and Switzerland. See also about German names.
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ABELAfGerman (Rare), Low German (Archaic), Swedish (Archaic), Icelandic (Modern)
Obsolete Low German short form of both Apollonia and Alberta. There is, however, another theory which derives this name from Old Saxon aval "strength; force; fortitude". ... [more]
ABELINAfGerman (Rare), Spanish
Spanish elaboration of Abelia as well as a German feminine form of Abel and a German elaboration of Abela.
ABRECHTmGerman (Rare, Archaic)
A variant of Albrecht or possibly transferred use of the surname Abrecht.
ACHILLmGerman (Rare)
German cognate of Achilles.
ACHMEDmGerman (Rare)
German form of Ahmed.
ADAfGerman, Biblical German, Croatian (Rare)
German and Croatian form of Adah.
German form of Adalric.
ADELARmBrazilian, German
From the German adelar meaning, "noble eagle."
ADELFRIEDmDutch, German
Dutch and German variant of Adelfrid.
Derived from the Germanic elements adal "noble" and þruþ "strength".
German form of Adeltrud.
ADOLFAfDutch, German
Feminine form of Adolf.
ADOLFINAfDutch, German
Extended form of Adolfa.
ADOLPHINAfDutch, German
Variant of Adolfina, influenced by the French Adolphine.
ADOLPHINEfDutch, French, German
French feminine form of Adolphe.
ADONIAmDutch, German, Italian, Swedish
Dutch, German, Italian and Swedish form of 'Adoniyah (see Adonijah) via its hellenized form Adonias.
Feminine form of Adrian.
AEBIGmLow German (Archaic)
Short form of Adalbert, used in the 16th century.
Variant of Anna.
AGETfAlsatian (Archaic)
Vernacular form of Agathe.
AGNETfGerman (East Prussian), North Frisian (Archaic), East Frisian (Archaic)
East Prussian German, North Frisian and East Frisian variant of Agnes via the variant Agnete. As a North Frisian name, Agnet was recorded on the island of Föhr.
AGNISEfGerman (Silesian, Archaic), Medieval German
Variant of Agnes, recorded in Silesia in the 14th century.
AHASVERmGerman (Rare, Archaic)
German form of the Biblical name Ahasueros.... [more]
German form of Ahasueros as used in current bible translations.
AHLHEITfLow German (Archaic)
Low German variant of Adelheid used in the 17th and 18th centuries.
AIGAfLow German, German (Rare)
Short form of feminine names that are formed with the Germanic name element AG "edge (of a sword)".... [more]
AIKOmWest Frisian, German, East Frisian, Dutch (Rare)
Short form of names containing the Germanic name element ag or agil "edge (of a sword)", such as Ekkehard or Aai.
German form of Aisha.
AKELEIfDutch (Modern, Rare), German (Modern, Rare)
Direct adoption of the Dutch and German name for the flower Aquilegia vulgaris "columbine".
ALADINmGerman, Romanian, Czech, French
French, German, Czech, and Romanian form of Aladdin.
ALARICHmCzech, German
Czech and German form of Alaric.
ALBANEfBasque, French, German
Basque, French and German feminine form of Albanus (see Alban).
ALBEfGerman (East Prussian)
East Prussian German variant of Alba, as well as a short form of Albine.
ALBERTOSmGalician, German (Hellenized)
Galician and older Greek form of Albert.
ALDEMARmAncient Germanic, Dutch, German
Derived from Gothic alds (alt in Old High German) "old" combined with Old High German mâri "famous". The name might also be a metathesis of Adalmar.
German form of Alderic.
German form of Aldric.
ALEFmMedieval Dutch, Medieval German, Dutch (Rare), Low German, North Frisian (Rare), West Frisian (Rare), Danish (Rare), Swedish (Rare)
Medieval Dutch and German (also Low German) variant of Adolf as well as the North & West Frisian form of the name. Also compare Aalf (its medieval form is Aelf) and Alof.... [more]
ALEFERNAfLow German (Archaic)
Aleferna was Prioress of the Hohenholte monastery in Northern Germany (attested 1237–1240). The name is only partially explained ALA means "all", but the FERNA part is obscure. ... [more]
ÁLEHTTÁfSami, German
Sami form of Aletta.
ALERTmLow German, Dutch (Rare)
Low German and Dutch form of Athalhart.
ALEYDfGerman (Silesian, Archaic), Medieval German
Variant of Aleit. It was recorded in Silesia in the 14th century.
ALFRIEDmDutch, German
Short form of Adalfried and variant of Alfred.
ALFUNSmAlsatian (Archaic)
Vernacular form of Alfons.
ALHEITfLow German (Archaic), East Frisian (Archaic)
Archaic short form of Adelheid, in use between the 1400s and 1800s.
ALHETfLow German, German (Archaic)
Low German short form of Adelheid.
German form of Aelian.
ALISmAlsatian (Archaic)
Vernacular form of Aloysius.
ALKEfLow German
Diminutive of names that contained the name element adal, most notably Adelheid.
ALMUNDmDutch, German
Short form of Adalmund.
Younger form of Adalmut.
ALOYSmDutch, German, German (Silesian)
German variant and Silesian German form of Alois, and Dutch short form of Aloysius.
ALOYSEfGerman (Silesian)
Silesian German feminine form of Aloys and Alois (compare Aloysia).
Feminine form of Aloysius.
German variant of Alphard.
ALRAUNEfLiterature, German (Rare)
Variant of Alruna, also coinciding with the German word for "mandrake". This is the name of the title character in the novel 'Alraune' (1911) by Hanns Heinz Ewers.
ALRUNfGerman (Rare)
Younger form of Adelrun and Albrun.
Of multiple origins.... [more]
ALSAfGerman (East Prussian)
East Prussian German short form of Aldone.
ALTBURGfGerman (Rare)
Created from the German name elements ALT "old, ancient" and BURG "protected place, castle".
German form of Aldfrid.
ALTOmSpanish, Portuguese, English, Italian, German, Dutch
Means "loud, tall, high" in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Means "old, older" in German. From Latin altus 'high, deep, profound'. Possibly influenced by the Portuguese surname that originated as a nickname for a 'big man', or from the English word referring to 'the musical part or section', or the German saint Alto of Altomünster, or as a diminutive or variant of Alton.
ALWINAfDutch, German
Feminine form of Alwin.
AMALABERGAfDutch, German
Form of Amalberga. Amalaberga was a daughter of Theodemir, king of the Ostrogoths in the 5th century AD.
German form of Amalaric.
AMALFRIEDAfDutch, German
Dutch and German form of Amalfrida.
German form of Amalric.
German form of Ambrose. A known bearer of this name was the Austrian composer Ambros Rieder (1771-1855).
AMOENAfGerman (Rare, Archaic)
Derived from Latin amoenus, -a, -um "charming; delightful; pleasant", this name was occasionally used in German-speaking countries from the 1500s onward. It is, however, all but extinct in this day and age.
AMREIfUpper German, German (Austrian), German (Swiss)
Upper German contracted form of Annemarie.
ANAKLETmBulgarian, Croatian, German, Polish, Russian
Bulgarian, Croatian, German, Polish and Russian form of Anakletos (see Anacletus).
ANCILLAfGerman, German (Swiss), Dutch (Rare)
Meaning uncertain. Its use is probably influenced by the Latin title ancilla Dei meaning "handmaid of God".... [more]
ÄNDLEfGerman (Swiss)
Bernese German form of Andrea.
ANDREBISmGerman (Silesian, Archaic), Medieval German
Medieval Silesian German variant of Andreas.
ANDRINmGerman (Swiss), Romansh
Romansh form of Heinrich, traditionally found in the Engadine valley in southeast Switzerland.
ANGENESfAlsatian (Archaic)
Vernacular form of Agnes.
ÄNISmGerman (Modern, Rare)
Rare transcription of the Arabic name Anis.... [more]
ANJOm & fFrisian (Rare), Dutch (Rare), German (Rare)
This given name is rare for both genders, even though it is more often seen on men than on women.... [more]
Variant of Annabel. In some cases it can also be a phonetic spelling reflecting the French pronunciation of Annabelle.
ÄNNCHENfGerman (Modern, Rare)
Ännchen is a German diminutive of Anne or Anna. It is rarely used as an official name in Germany.... [more]
Combination of Anna and Dore (a short form of Dorothea).
ANNEKENfLow German, Danish, Flemish, Old Swedish
Low German diminutive of Anne.
ANNEMÄDYfGerman (Swiss)
Bernese German form of Anna Magdalena.
Contracted form of Annemarie influenced by Marei.
ANNEMIEfUpper German, Flemish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish
Diminutive of Annemarie, used mainly in the middle and south of Germany.
ANNEMONEfGerman (Rare)
Double form of Anne and Mone designed to sound like Anemone.
ANNETRAUDEfGerman (Rare)
A modern combination of the given name Anne with the Germanic name element THRUD "strength".
ANNKATRINfSwedish (Rare), German
Swedish and German combination of Anne and Katrin.
Vernacular form of Anneliese.
ANORTEfGerman (East Prussian)
East Prussian German contraction of Anna-Dorothea.
ANSASmGerman (East Prussian)
East Prussian German form of Hans.
ANSFRIEDmDutch, German
Dutch and German form of Ansfrid.
ANUSCHKAfDutch, German
Dutch and German form of Anushka.... [more]
German variant of Apollonia.
ARIANOmPortuguese (Brazilian), Italian (Rare), Spanish (Rare), German
Italian form of Hadrian as well as a masculine form of Arianna.
ARIBERTmFrench, Ancient Germanic, German
Probably a french form of the germanic name Heribert.... [more]
ARISTIPPmGerman, Russian
German and Russian form of Aristippos via its latinized form Aristippus.
ARMGARDfDutch, German
Dutch and German variant form of Irmgard. This is one of the middle names of Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands (b. 1938), who was given this name in honour of her paternal grandmother.
ARNAfMedieval German, Ancient Scandinavian, Old Swedish, German (Rare), Dutch (Rare), Norwegian (Rare), Swedish (Rare), Danish (Rare), Icelandic, Faroese (Rare)
Medieval feminine form of masculine names that begin with either the Old High German element arn- or the Old Norse elements ari and ǫrn, all of which are ultimately derived from Proto-Germanic *arnu- "eagle".... [more]
Variant of Arndt.
ARNESTmGerman (Silesian, Archaic)
Silesian German variant of Ernst and Arnošt.
German name that first surfaced in the late 1800s. It was originally taken from the name of the town of Arnim near Berlin, later inspired by the surname of poet Bettina von Arnim and finally (mis)understood as a variant of Armin.
ARTEMIDORmGerman, Polish
German and Polish form of Artemidoros.
ARTÖMmGerman (Modern, Rare)
Variant of the Russian name Artyom.
Variant of Arvid.
ASCHWINmDutch, German
Dutch and German form of Answin. A known bearer of this name is Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands (b. 1969), who carries the name Aschwin as a middle name, in honour of his maternal grandfather's only brother, Aschwin zur Lippe-Biesterfeld (1914-1988).
ASMANmGerman (Silesian, Archaic)
Silesian German form of Erasmus via the Low German form Asmus.
German form of Asmodaeus.
ASMUSmDanish, Low German
Low German short form of Erasmus. Asmus has also seen usage in Denmark from at least the 15th century onward, predominantly in Southern Jutland (Sønderjylland).
ASTOLFmGerman (Rare, Archaic)
A dithematic name of Germanic origin formed from the name element AST "branch (of a tree)" and WOLF "wolf".
ASWINmDutch, German
Dutch and German form of Answin.
ATANASIUSmDutch (Rare), Finnish (Rare), German (Rare)
Dutch, Finnish and German variant of Athanasius.
German form of Athalaric.
ATHALMARmUpper German
Derived from the Germanic name elements adal "noble" and mar "famous".
German form of Athanaric.
ATSCHELfGerman (Swiss)
Diminutive and pet form of Beate. Rarely used as an official given name.
A short form or nickname of Arthur or Adolf.... [more]
AURELIANmEnglish, Dutch, History, Romanian, Swedish (Rare), Danish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare), German (Rare)
Form of Aurelianus (see Aureliano). This name was borne by a Roman emperor from the 3rd century AD.
AURELIEfGerman (Archaic), Czech (Rare)
German variant of Aurelia and Czech variant of Aurélie.
AUSTEINmGerman (Silesian, Archaic), Medieval German
Medieval Silesian German contracted form of Augustin.
AXINJAfGerman (Modern, Rare), Dutch (Modern, Rare)
German and Dutch transcription of Aksinya.
AZALEEfGerman (Rare)
German form of Azalea.
AZELIAfEnglish (Rare), German (Rare, Archaic)
Azelia was first recorded in the 19th century. Its origin is uncertain and highly debated; some scholars argue that it might be a feminization of the biblical name Azel. Others theorize that it might be a belated resurrection of the Puritan name Azaliah which, while originally a biblical male name, was in use as a feminine name in the English-speaking world of the 17th century... [more]
BABETTfHungarian, German (Rare)
Hungarian form and German variant of Babette.
BABSIfGerman (Modern), English (Modern)
Short and familiar form of Barbara.
German form of Baderic.
BALIANmMedieval French, French (Modern, Rare), German (Modern, Rare), Popular Culture
Meaning uncertain. This is most known for being the name of Balian of Ibelin (c. 1140-1193), a lord of the Crusader state of Jerusalem.... [more]
BALZERmGerman, Danish
German and Danish vernacular form of Balthasar. It was borne by Danish politician Balzer Jacobsen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands from 1655 to 1661.
BÄRBLfGerman (Austrian)
Austrian German diminutive of Barbara.
BARNARDmAncient Germanic, Dutch, German, French
Variant of Barnhard. In some instances, this name might also be a variant spelling of Bernard.
BARNIMmMedieval German, German (Modern, Rare)
Historical name of several dukes of Pomerania.
BASILIAfSpanish (Latin American), German (Rare), Medieval English
Feminine form of Basil. As an English Christian name, this was much used in the Middle Ages (though the reason for its popularity remains somewhat of a mystery - perhaps a reference to Saint Veronica as Basilia in the medieval Death of Pilate was responsible for the name's use), but has long been obsolete.
BATHILDAfEnglish (Rare), German, History
Variant of Bathild. This was the name of a 7th-century English saint who became queen of the Franks after being sold to them as a slave. She was canonised for fighting against the slave trade, promoting monasticism and founding a convent... [more]
BAVARIAfGerman (Modern, Rare)
The latinised name of the German state of Bayern.... [more]
BEHRENDmGerman, East Frisian
Contracted form of Bernhard, first recorded in the 1500s and still in occasional use today.
BEHRENDTmGerman (Archaic), East Frisian (Archaic)
Variant of Behrend, recorded between the 1500s and 1800s.
BELEfGerman (Modern, Rare)
German short form of Gabriele and other names.... [more]
BELENAfAncient Celtic, German, Danish, Celtic Mythology
Latinized feminine form of Belenus. Belena was the wife of the Gaulish solar god Belenus and the goddess of the sun and the beginning summer.
BENAJAmGerman (Rare)
German form of the Biblical name Benaiah.
BENDIXmNorth Frisian, Low German
North Frisian and Low German form of Benedictus (see Benedict). Also compare Bendiks.... [more]
Alsatian diminutive of Albert.
BERLINDfAncient Germanic, German (Rare)
Derived from Proto-Germanic *beran or *bernu "bear" (bero and bern in Old High German) combined with Old High German lind or lindi "soft, tender."
BERLINDAfDutch, German
Dutch and German form of Berlind.
From the Old High German name Berlind. It is borne by Belgian artist Berlinde de Bruyckere (1964-).
German form of Bernwald.
BERNHILDfGerman (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic elements bern meaning "bear" and hild meaning "battle."
BERNOLDmDutch, German
Dutch and German form of Bernwald.
BERNULFmAncient Germanic, Dutch, German
Derived from Proto-Germanic beran or bernu "bear" (bero and bern in Old High German) combined with Gothic vulfs "wolf."
BERNWALDmAncient Germanic, German
Derived from Proto-Germanic beran or bernu "bear" (bero and bern in Old High German) combined with Gothic valdan "to reign."
BEROLINAfGerman (Rare)
The allegoric personification of the German city Berlin. Extremely rarely used as a given name.
German form of Bertfrid.
BERTHILDEfAncient Germanic, Dutch, English, German, History
Variant of Berthild. Berthilde lived in the 7th century AD and was one of the five wives of Dagobert I, king of the Franks.
Diminutive of Hubert and other names containing bert (often derived from the Germanic element beraht meaning "bright").... [more]
BERTILIAfDutch, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese
Form of Berthild. Bertilia was the name of a 7th-century saint from Mareuil (France).
BERTRUDfAncient Germanic, German
Derived from Old High German beraht "bright" combined with þruþ "strength."
BERTULFmAncient Germanic, German
Derived from Old High German beraht "bright" combined with Gothic vulfs "wolf."
BERTULISmGerman (East Prussian)
East Prussian German form of Bērtulis.
BERTWINmAncient Germanic, Dutch, German
Means "bright friend", derived from Old High German beraht "bright" combined with Old High German wini "friend."
BIBIANEfFrench (Rare), German (Rare), Dutch (Rare)
French, German and Dutch form of Bibiana.
BIGGIfDanish, German
Pet form of Brigitte, Birgit and their variants.
BILKEfLow German (Modern, Rare)
Low German diminutive of Names starting in Bil- (from the Germanic name element BILI "gentleness").
BIRGAfSwedish (Rare), Norwegian (Archaic), German (Rare)
Contracted form of Birgitta, as well as a feminine form of Birger.
Variant of Birke.
German name of debated origin and meaning. Current theories include an old and obscure feminine form of Birk, which itself is an Alemannic short form of names containing the element Burk- (the name element being derived from Old High German burg "protection; shelter", compare Burkhard), an early 20th-century coinage based on Indogermanic bircha "glowing", an early 20th-century coinage based on Middle Low German berke "birch tree" and an early 20th-century coinage based on the modern German word Birke "birch tree" and thus making it a botanical word name.... [more]
BLADEmGerman (East Prussian)
East Prussian German short form of Ladislaus.
BLADISmGerman (East Prussian)
East Prussian German short form of Ladislaus.
BODOmAncient Germanic, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Originally a short form of names beginning with the Germanic element bod "lord, ruler", which later acquired the meaning "messenger, tidings" due to confusion with bode "messenger" (also "to announce, command").
BOGUSLAWmGerman (Silesian)
Silesian German form of Bogusław.
BOMBARDINEfGerman (Rare, Archaic)
The name is derived from the German word Bombarde "bombard (the weapon)".... [more]
BÖRRIESmLow German
Low German form of Liborius.
BORUSSIAfGerman (Rare, Archaic)
The personification of Prussia.... [more]
BORWINmGerman (Rare)
The name Borwin is formed from the Slavonic name element BOR "fight, battle" and the Germanic name element WIN "friend".... [more]
BOYmNorth Frisian, West Frisian, East Frisian, Dutch, Danish, German, English (Rare)
Variant form of Boye. In English-speaking countries, the name is usually derived from the English word boy meaning "boy" (in a manner comparable to the name Sonny) or a short form of the given names Boyce and Boyd.... [more]
BRINGFRIEDEfGerman (Modern, Rare)
Coined from the German phrase Bring Friede "bring peace!". The name was given to girls in Germany during and after the two world wars to express the desire for peace.... [more]
BRONEf & mGerman (East Prussian)
Feminine form and masculine short form of Bronys.
BRONYSmGerman (East Prussian)
East Prussian German form of Bronius.
Short form of Ambros.
Short form of Ambros.
BRÖSELm & fGerman (Archaic)
Obsolete diminutive form of both Ambros and Ambrosia.... [more]
BROSImGerman (Archaic)
German diminutive form of Ambrosius (see Ambrosios), which is now rather archaic or at least old-fashioned.
BROSIUSmGerman (Archaic)
Short form of Ambrosius (see Ambrosios). This name is now rather archaic and one is more likely to come across it in German-speaking areas as a surname, rather than a first name.
Allegoric personification of the city (and the fromer state) of Braunschweig (Brunswick), Germany. Very rarely used as a given name.
A nickname meaning "little boy" (from the German word Bube "boy").... [more]
BURGELfUpper German, German (Austrian)
Short form of names that begin with or end in the element "Burg-", most commonly Walburga. ... [more]
BURGLINDfGerman (Rare, Archaic)
A dithematic name formed from the name elements BURG "castle, protected place" and LIND "linden tree, lime; shield (made of lime wood); gentle, soft".... [more]
It is a two-element name composed of the Germanic name elements BURG "protected place, castle" and LIND "linden tree, lime; shield (made of lime wood); gentle, soft".
BURGOLDmMedieval German, German (Silesian, Archaic)
Composed from the Germanic name elements burg "protection; protected place" and wald "to rule".
BURGRUNfGerman (Rare)
The name is composed of the two Germanic name elements BURG "castle; protection" and RUN "rune".
BURGUNDEfGerman (Rare)
Derived from German Burgunden (or Burgunder) "Burgundians", a Germanic tribe that finally settled in Burgundy.