2164 German Baby Names With Meanings

Parents have become very experimental these days. They are more open to baby names from other regions and countries now than they were a decade ago. If you also want an exotic and distinctive baby name for your kiddo, why don’t you give some thought to German baby names?

The German language is known for being hard on the ears and twisting on the tongue. But German names are truly beautiful.

Personal names in Germany consist of one or more given names and a surname. A given name or Vorname as it is called in German should be gender specific. The chosen name has to be approved by the civil registry office. And just like the naming conventions in most Europe, even the Germans follow the order – given name, followed by the surname.

Women often adopt their husband’s name after marriage. They can even retain their maiden name by using a hyphen. The German surnames are either derived from geography or occupations. Last names or surnames of products or objects are not acceptable.

Below is MomJunction's compilation of German names with meanings. And these aren’t modern German names, but names having their roots in German and Germanic language.

NAMESMEANINGGENDERFAVOURITES
AlexanderDefender of MankindBoy
BenSon OfBoy
EliasOne who believes Yahweh is the LordBoy
Emiliathis name means to rival or emulate or excel.Girl
Emmathe meaning of this name is universal whole.Girl
FelixA man who is blessed with good fortune, luck and successBoy
HannahGrace, FavourGirl
IlinaMy God is YahwehGirl
Jonasit means Dove. People with this name are very soft spoken and kind hearted. They love helping others and providing advice to family and friends.Boy
LeonName meaning LionBoy
LouisFrench name meaning Great knight, brave warriorBoy
LuisaA famous battle maidGirl
MariaVariation of Mary or Miriam which means Bitter or Wished-for childGirl
MarieHebrew - Wished for child; Sea of bitterness; To Swell; A variant form of Maria; As Mary;Girl
MaximilianOne who is best of the best, the greatest oneBoy
MiaThe person who is dearly to everyone.Girl
NoahRelaxation, restful, harmony, calm.Unisex
SophiaShe who posesses great knoledge and wisdomGirl
SophieShe is wise and cleverGirl
WojciechHe who is happy in battleBoy
Aadaaada has a meaning of noble or a noble one, In Germany word aada means adornment or a first bornGirl
AadelheideEstonian form of Alice, meaning noble.Girl
Aadnein German language aadne means Eagle, in Norway it is the varient spelling of AdneBoy
AalisA form of Alice, meaning noble.Girl
AaronMessenger (Hebrew); Enlighted; Mountain of Strength; From the Old Testament, AaronBoy
AartCeltic - Stone; bear; German - Thor; The Eagle ; A variant form of ArthurBoy
AbbeMy Father is Joyful ; A Variant of AbbyBoy
AbbeyFather; My Father is lightBoy
AbbotFather; A Variant of AbbaBoy
AbbottFather,Preist; Father of AbbeyBoy
AbelardOriginated from German language which means resolute and stubbornBoy
AbelinoMeans unsure pet form of AvilaBoy
AbellExhalation of Breath; A Variant of AbelBoy
AbidinHebrew - Father of Knowledge; My Father KnowsBoy
AbieFather of Many; Diminutive of Abraham;Boy
AbijahThe Lord is My Father; Gift of God, Hebrew - Yahweh is my fatherBoy
Abramohigh father; father of a multitudeBoy
AbsalomHebrew meaning God the Father is peaceBoy
AbsalonGod the Father is peaceBoy
AbyFather of multitude or massesBoy
AchazHebrew - God is Holding; One that Takes or PossessesBoy
AchimHebrew - Yahewh will establish; A name variant of Joachim.Boy
AcwulfA wolf from the oak meadowsBoy
AdArabic - Settler; German - Noble Wolf; Son of the Red Earth; Son of AdamBoy
AdaProsperous, happyGirl
AdabelleIn Hebrew it means adornment. In German it means noble. In African it means oldest daughter.Girl
AdahliaA noble person or a flowerGirl
AdaireWealthy spear or oak groveBoy
AdalIn German it means noble, In Arabic it means justiceBoy
AdalaideThe nobility or the sort of noble personGirl
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