2850 German Baby Names With Meanings

German Baby Names With Meanings

Illustration: MomJunction Design Team

Parents have become very experimental these days and are now more open to baby names from other regions and countries than they were a decade ago. If you also want an exotic and distinctive baby name for your child, why don’t you give some thought to German baby names? Even though the German language is known for being hard on the ears and twisting on the tongue, 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. Selecting a name necessitates approval from the civil registry office. Formerly, it was common to name children based on their grandparents, yet this practice is diminishing in popularity. Conversely, Germans are progressively favoring English and other-origin names for their babies. And just like the naming conventions in most of Europe, even the Germans follow the order: given name followed by surname. Women often adopt their husbands’ names after marriage. They can even retain their maiden name by using a hyphen. In German naming customs, a distinct tradition assigns names: the eldest son inherits the paternal grandfather's name, the second son adopts the maternal grandfather's name, and the third son assumes his father's name. This practice extends to females. Another tradition is that a subsequent child is named after a deceased sibling. Sharing names among half-siblings is not uncommon. Baptismal sponsors, who are often close relatives or trusted friends, also influence children's names. Adding 'in' or 'en' to surnames signifies a female's identity in the German language (1). The German surnames are either derived from geography or occupations. Last names or surnames of products or objects are not acceptable. When parents are unwed during the child's birth, the mother's surname typically becomes the child's birth name. A child born to German parents outside the country may lack a German surname, even if the name is entered on a foreign birth certificate (2). Below is our compilation of German names with meanings. And these aren’t modern German names, but names with roots in German and Germanic languages.

NameGenderMeaning
Favorite baby name
Emelie
heart image baby boy sign Girl Someone who is striving; Eager to excel when faced in difficult situations against a rival
Favorite baby name
Emeline
heart image baby boy sign Girl A peaceful home or an industrious person
Favorite baby name
Emely
heart image baby boy sign Girl Rival
Favorite baby name
Emelyn
heart image baby boy sign Girl Hard labour
Favorite baby name
Emelyne
heart image baby boy sign Girl Labour
Favorite baby name
Emera
heart image baby boy sign Girl Merit; A worthy person who has merit
Favorite baby name
Emeri
heart image baby boy sign Boy Brave; Powerful
Favorite baby name
Emeric
heart image baby boy sign Boy A born leader
Favorite baby name
Emerick
heart image baby boy sign Boy Powerful; Brave ruler
Favorite baby name
Emerie
heart image baby boy sign Girl Brave; Vigorous
Favorite baby name
Emerson
heart image baby boy sign Boy Brave; Powerful
Favorite baby name
Emersyn
heart image baby boy sign Girl Brave; Powerful
Favorite baby name
Emery
heart image baby boy sign Boy Brave; Power
Favorite baby name
Emest
heart image baby boy sign Boy Serious; Being determined; A feeling of being earnest; Great vigour
Favorite baby name
Emestine
heart image baby boy sign Girl Someone who is serious; Directed
Favorite baby name
Emet
heart image baby boy sign Boy Whole; Universal truth
Favorite baby name
Emil
heart image baby boy sign Boy Rival
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Emilia
heart image baby boy sign Girl Rival; To emulate; Excel
Favorite baby name
Emilie
heart image baby boy sign Girl Someone who is extremely laborious and hard working
Favorite baby name
Emiline
heart image baby boy sign Girl Rival; Industrious
Favorite baby name
Emily
heart image baby boy sign Girl Hardworking; Dilligent; Industrious person
Favorite baby name
Emm
heart image baby boy sign Girl The whole; Universe
Favorite baby name
Emma
heart image baby boy sign Girl Whole; Universal
Favorite baby name
Emmajean
heart image baby boy sign Girl Someone with great strength
Favorite baby name
Emmaleah
heart image baby boy sign Girl A powerful and strong person
Favorite baby name
Emmaline
heart image baby boy sign Girl Hardworking; Striving for excellence
Favorite baby name
Emmalise
heart image baby boy sign Girl Everything contained together or universal
Favorite baby name
Emmaly
heart image baby boy sign Girl Trying to excel in an universal way; path that is whole
Favorite baby name
Emmalyn
heart image baby boy sign Girl Great strength and hard work
Favorite baby name
Emmalynn
heart image baby boy sign Girl A zeal to work hard and be industrious
Favorite baby name
Emmeline
heart image baby boy sign Girl Desire to work hard and be industrious
Favorite baby name
Emmer
heart image baby boy sign Girl Someone who lived on a land where grain was grown
Favorite baby name
Emmerson
heart image baby boy sign Boy Brave and powerful
Favorite baby name
Emmersyn
heart image baby boy sign Boy Someone who is powerful and brave at heart
Favorite baby name
Emmery
heart image baby boy sign Boy A leader of the household
Favorite baby name
Emmet
heart image baby boy sign Boy A powerful person
Favorite baby name
Emmete
heart image baby boy sign Boy Someone who has great strength and is hugely powerful
Favorite baby name
Emmi
heart image baby boy sign Girl A friendly and soft person
Favorite baby name
Emmilene
heart image baby boy sign Girl Hardwork and labour
Favorite baby name
Emmit
heart image baby boy sign Boy The entirety or the universe
Favorite baby name
Emmitt
heart image baby boy sign Boy The whole universe in its entirety
Favorite baby name
Emmylou
heart image baby boy sign Girl A famous warrior
Favorite baby name
Emo
heart image baby boy sign Boy Serious
Favorite baby name
Emond
heart image baby boy sign Boy Someone who is the protector
Favorite baby name
Emory
heart image baby boy sign Boy Home strength; Industrious; Powerful; Brave
Favorite baby name
Emota
heart image baby boy sign Girl Born at Easter
Favorite baby name
Empa
heart image baby boy sign Boy A leader of the people
Favorite baby name
Emps
heart image baby boy sign Boy A commander
Favorite baby name
Emrik
heart image baby boy sign Boy Noble; Powerful; Ruler
Favorite baby name
Ems
heart image baby boy sign Unisex The whole universe
Favorite baby name
Enando
heart image baby boy sign Boy Bold venture
Favorite baby name
Enara
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Swallow; Bird
Favorite baby name
Enderson
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Strong; Determined; Leader
Favorite baby name
Enelise
heart image baby boy sign Girl Graced by god; Bountiful
Favorite baby name
Engel
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Angel
Favorite baby name
Engelard
heart image baby boy sign Boy Brave and illuminating like light
Favorite baby name
Engelbert
heart image baby boy sign Boy A famous 13th century archbishop
Favorite baby name
Engelbertha
heart image baby boy sign Girl Bright as an angel
Favorite baby name
Englbehrt
heart image baby boy sign Girl A bright angel
Favorite baby name
Engleberta
heart image baby boy sign Girl A bright angel
Favorite baby name
Enna
heart image baby boy sign Girl Edge of a sword
Favorite baby name
Enno
heart image baby boy sign Boy Strong with a sword
Favorite baby name
Eno
heart image baby boy sign Boy A person who is extremely strong with a sword
Favorite baby name
Enrica
heart image baby boy sign Girl A ruler of her house
Favorite baby name
Enrico
heart image baby boy sign Boy One who rules the home
Favorite baby name
Enzo
heart image baby boy sign Boy Ruler of an estate or a house
Favorite baby name
Eorcenbehrt
heart image baby boy sign Boy A prince riding on a stallion
Favorite baby name
Eorcengota
heart image baby boy sign Girl A princess riding on a stallion
Favorite baby name
Eorcna
heart image baby boy sign Boy Someone who rides a stallion
Favorite baby name
Eorconbeald
heart image baby boy sign Boy A mounted stallion
Favorite baby name
Eorconbehrt
heart image baby boy sign Boy Mounted stallion
Favorite baby name
Eorcongota
heart image baby boy sign Boy Horse; A stallion
Favorite baby name
Eorconweald
heart image baby boy sign Boy A mounted stallion
Favorite baby name
Eormenhilde
heart image baby boy sign Girl A person who is under a public oath
Favorite baby name
Eraman
heart image baby boy sign Girl Someone honorable
Favorite baby name
Eramana
heart image baby boy sign Girl A highly revered and honorable person
Favorite baby name
Erardo
heart image baby boy sign Boy Brave and honorable
Favorite baby name
Erchanbold
heart image baby boy sign Boy Sacred; Bold
Favorite baby name
Erchanhardt
heart image baby boy sign Boy Sacred and pious
Favorite baby name
Erchebald
heart image baby boy sign Boy Something which is sacred and pious in essence and form
Favorite baby name
Erchembaut
heart image baby boy sign Boy Sacrosanct
Favorite baby name
Erda
heart image baby boy sign Girl Earth
Favorite baby name
Erhard
heart image baby boy sign Boy honor and respect
Favorite baby name
Erhardt
heart image baby boy sign Boy Brave; Hardy; honor and respect
Favorite baby name
Erhart
heart image baby boy sign Boy honor and respect
Favorite baby name
Erica
heart image baby boy sign Girl Forever strong; Noble leader
Favorite baby name
Ericka
heart image baby boy sign Girl A feminized form of the name Erick meaning ruler of people
Favorite baby name
Erika
heart image baby boy sign Girl Eternal ruler
Favorite baby name
Erisman
heart image baby boy sign Boy An honorable man
Favorite baby name
Erkerd
heart image baby boy sign Boy Sacred; Pious; Sacrosanct
Favorite baby name
Erl
heart image baby boy sign Boy A warrior; Nobleman
Favorite baby name
Erla
heart image baby boy sign Girl A warrior or noble lady
Favorite baby name
Erland
heart image baby boy sign Boy A leader
Favorite baby name
Erlin
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Noble; Honorable
Favorite baby name
Erma
heart image baby boy sign Girl Complete; Whole
Favorite baby name
Erman
heart image baby boy sign Boy Whole; Immense; Universal; Army man
Favorite baby name
Ermegarde
heart image baby boy sign Girl Whole; Universal; Complete
Favorite baby name
Ermengarda
heart image baby boy sign Girl Enclosure; Protection of whole universe
Favorite baby name
Ermengarde
heart image baby boy sign Girl Whole; Universal; Enclosure; Protection
Favorite baby name
Ermengild
heart image baby boy sign Unisex Immense treasure

German baby names carry a deep heritage and enduring charm that captivates parents. These names frequently echo potent cultural and historical importance, conveying notions of resilience, wisdom, and strength. Welcoming a variety of global inspirations, Germany's inclusive and expansive society has prompted a movement toward international names. Every entry on our list holds an individual legacy and significance for your cherished baby. Opting for a German name for your baby is a wonderful method to pay homage to ancestral customs or delve into Germany's absorbing cultural variety.

Infographic: Phenomenal German Baby Names

German baby names are believed to exude a sense of inspiration and prestige, embodying a rich cultural heritage. They are often tied to renowned historical figures that echo the literature and traditions of German-speaking regions. Explore the infographic below for distinctive German baby names that capture this essence and finalize your best-loved one for your child.

classic german names for your baby (infographic)

Illustration: Momjunction Design Team

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are some popular German baby names?

Some gender-neutral German baby names that can be used for both boys and girls include Max (Greatest), Alex (Defender of humanity), and Jan (God is gracious).

2. What are some cultural or historical references in German baby names?

Some cultural or historical references in German baby names include the name Wilhelm, which is associated with Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor and King of Prussia (3 ). Another culturally significant name is Friedrich, the name of the famous German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Heidi is also a sweet name that served as the inspiration for the popular children’s novel Heidi by Johanna Spyri (4).

3. What are some popular German baby names that are derived from nature?

Popular German baby names inspired by nature include Florian, meaning flower from the Latin word flora; Lennox, derived from the Gaelic term for a place of the elm trees; and Walden, which signifies a wooded valley.

4. Who are some famous people with German names?

Famous people with German names who have made significant contributions in various fields include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (one of the greatest composers of Western music), Heidi Klum (supermodel and TV personality), and Albert Einstein (renowned physicist with a Nobel Prize in Physics).

References

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  1. Naming Conventions of our Ancestors;
    https://www.scchgs.org/documents/meetinghandouts/German_Naming.pdf
  2. Naming Rights and Name Declarations;
    https://dublin.diplo.de/ie-en/-/2403190#content_1
  3. Wilhelm II the last German Emperor and King of Prussia;
    https://www.momjunction.com/baby-names/german/the%20last%20German%20Emperor%20and%20King%20of%20Prussia;
  4. Heidi;
    https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~spok/heidi/heidi.html
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