Von Kaiser is a German boxer from the video game series Punch Out!
It's weird. It simply means "emperor" in German. Just Kai is much nicer.
Honestly I think it's a nice name: it sounds good, it's neither too long nor short, it doesn't seem either old or absurd and I would choose it as a name (I'm trans and I'm looking for a new name), but the idea that in Germany this is just a word and not a personal name discourages me a lot. It's true, actually all names, or almost all, derive from words, and some names are real words (bee, moss, in my country there's the name "luna" that means moon) but I'm afraid that the name seems exaggerated, it's ridiculous.
I personally like this name and its diminutive of Kai. I don't understand what is so pompous or arrogant about it when it's perfectly common to be called Caesar. It's becoming increasingly more popular to name children after royal titles, like Kingston, Kingsley and Kian, or girl names that mean "princess" or "queen" like Sarah or Candace. No one is ever turning their noses up at that so I don't comprehend the double standard.
Kaiser is simply the German word for "emperor". It's not used in Germany as a given name at all.
My son is called Kaiser. And I actually find it laughable that some sad women actually sound so mad and wound up by a name they don't have to call their child by saying it's pompous, is very arrogant of you and you should know better. I bet your child has a very boring, plain, distasteful name. Our son is actually named after two roman Caesars. And it actually means head of hair and my son was born with locks of thick dark hair- very fitting.
Very pompous as a name.
I hate it, it is like naming your child Empress or something. If it was a name, I could barely see it on someone's dog, let alone a poor child.
Kaiser Chiefs are a British rock band.
What a pompous name. Not to mention the last Kaiser of Germany was a real tool. People in Germany don't even use this as a first name, because it's equivalent to naming your kid "emporer" in English. Again, another terrible name from people who are too narcissistic and concerned about their kid having a "cool" name rather than a respectable name that works universally.
We used the name Keiser for our DAUGHTER. It is her Grandmother's maiden name. We love it and we get many compliments on it. Although most people have no problem pronouncing it, no one can spell it! So our spunky little one does it for them. Any time someone asks her what her name is she proudly says "Keiser, K-e-i-s-e-r".
I can't decide whether or not I like it. I like the name itself, I think it sounds pleasant. The meaning just sounds arrogant, and as someone said above, "pompous"... I asked my mother, but because it holds patriarchal meaning and essentially denotes itself to "king", she deemed it "awful".
This is my son's name! He's two years old and we call him Kai. Whenever I'm in public and I'm talking to my son, for example: I'd be like "Come here Kai." People always say how adorable and what an awesome name that is. Me and my husband absolutely adore his name and I can't see him named as anything else.
I'm starting to like this name. I recently found out that my great grandfather's name was Kaiser, and I think that's pretty cool.
This is my son's middle name. I think it's a strong masculine name. We don't call him by his middle name but by his first, Lucian. My family at first were put off by my child's first and middle name but now they like it. When I named him, I didn't think of Kaiser Permanente or the roll. People usually don't say anything regarding that to my child's name.
This is like naming your son "king". (which, to my utter surprise, people do) I guess it could be argued that Caesar is of similar meaning but used as a full name... But Kaiser just sounds like a dog name. I quite like it for a dog. But if a word isn't used as a name in the country it's derived from, I wouldn't use it. It's just uncultured and tacky.
Keyser Söze (pronounced Like 'Kaiser') is a fictional character in the 1995 movie 'The Usual Suspects'. In 2003 the American Film Institute named him the 48th greatest movie villain.
The confusion for this name comes from the fact that the German word for Emperor, "Kaiser," is literally the Germanic spelling for the "Caesar," which in Latin had a hard 'C' sound, and an 'AY' sound for dipthong AE (Æ).

And yes, no one in Germany is named this. It would be similar to naming your son "emperor" in an English-speaking country.
Kaiser roll. Mmmmm.

Could make an interesting name, and it's not as pompous as Caesar.
I hate this name. It makes me think of that monster Wilhelm II.
I don't like it, the first thing it makes me think of is a Kaiser roll.
When people think of the name Kaiser they think of the health insurance called Kaiser Permente.
I've went to school with a boy named Kaiser since the sixth grade. I think it's a cool name.
Kaiser is not the German form of the name Caesar, it is the German word for "emperor". It is not used as a first name in Germany, only as a surname. [noted -ed]
We do not have "Kaiser" (meaning "emperor") as a first name here in Germany, only as a last name. The German version of "Caesar" would be "Cäsar" and it is pronounced like "TSAY-zar".
Kaiser is pronounced "Ky-zer" with Ky as in Kyle.

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