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Names[edit]

This is a list of common, modern German names. Please add to it.

First Names[edit]

German names have undergone a drastic change in the last 60 years. Older, "typical" German names like Hans, Fritz, Heinrich, Karl or Wilhelm are now uncommon in contemporary Germany. Today many parents give their children names like (ten most popular names 2005):


Boys

  1. Alexander
  2. Maximilian
  3. Leon
  4. Lukas/Lucas
  5. Luca
  6. Paul
  7. Jonas
  8. Felix
  9. Tim
  10. David

Girls

  1. Marie
  2. Sophie/Sofie
  3. Maria
  4. Anna, Anne
  5. Leonie
  6. Lena
  7. Emily
  8. Lea/Leah
  9. Julia
  10. Laura

(Source: Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache)

Boys' Names[edit]

Typical for young people[edit]

Boy's names pet names
Alexander Alex
André, Andreas Andi
Axel -
Christian, Christoph Chris
David
Dennis, Denis
Edvin Eddy
Fabian Fabi
Felix
Finn, Fynn
Florian Flo, Flori
Jan
Jonas
Julian, Julius Juli, Jule
Kevin
Lars
Leo, Leon
Luka, Luca, Lucas, Lukas Luki
Manuel Manu, Mani
Matthias Matt, Matti, Mats
Max, Maximilian Max, Maxi
Michael Micha, Michi
Moritz Mo
Niko, Nick, Nikolas, Niklas, Nicolas Nik, Niko
Noah
Patrick Pat
Paul
Philipp Phil
Robin
Sebastian Sebi, Seb, Sebbe, Basti
Simon Simi
Stefan, Stephan, Steffen Steff
Sven Svenni
Tim Timmi
Tobias Tobi
Tom Tommi
Yannick, Yannik

older names:

  • Alfi, Alfred
  • Adolf
  • Albert, Bert, Kunibert
  • Anton
  • Achim, Joachim
  • Adam
  • Aaron
  • Armin
  • Björn
  • Bernard
  • Bennedikt
  • Bruno
  • Bodo
  • Boris
  • Berthold
  • Benjamin
  • Clemens
  • Carlo, Karlo, Karl
  • Carsten
  • Dieter, Dietrich
  • Daniel
  • Domian, Damian
  • Detlev
  • Dirk
  • Erik
  • Erwin
  • Emil
  • Eberhard
  • Eckart
  • Edmund
  • Ernst
  • Ewald
  • Franz, Frank
  • Fritz
  • Fridolin
  • Fred, Frederik
  • Friedrich, Friedhelm
  • Falko
  • Gustav
  • Gerhardt
  • Gert
  • Günther
  • Gregor
  • Gunnar
  • Hans, Hans-Jürgen, Hannes
  • Harald
  • Heinz
  • Heinrich, Heiner
  • Hugo
  • Hektor
  • Helge
  • Heiko
  • Hartmut
  • Herbert
  • Holger
  • Ingo, Ingolf
  • Jürgen, Jörg
  • Jens
  • Janosch
  • Jakob
  • Johann
  • Karl
  • Klaus
  • Knut
  • Kurt
  • Konrad
  • Kaspar
  • Ludwig
  • Leif
  • Manfred
  • Malte
  • Norbert
  • Nils
  • Olaf
  • Oliver
  • Otto, Ottfried
  • Paul
  • Peter
  • Rudi, Rüdiger, Rudolph
  • Roman
  • Robert
  • Rex
  • Reinhard, Rainer, Reiner
  • Sören
  • Siegfried
  • Sönke
  • Thomas
  • Till
  • Torsten
  • Ulf
  • Ulli
  • Uwe
  • Udo
  • Viktor
  • Werner
  • Wolfgang, Wolf, Welf
  • Wilhelm, Willi

Girls' Names[edit]

young ones:

  • Anna, Anne, Annika
  • Amelie
  • Angelina
  • Bianca
  • Christina, Christine
  • Daniela
  • Elea
  • Eva
  • Elisa
  • Emma
  • Emely, Emily
  • Franziska
  • Finja
  • Hannah, Hanna
  • Isabell, Isabelle
  • Julia, Jule, Juliane
  • Jana
  • Janine, Janina
  • Johanna
  • Jasmin
  • Klara
  • Katharina
  • Kim
  • Kira
  • Lena
  • Lara
  • Luise, Luisa
  • Lea
  • Lina
  • Larissa
  • Lisa
  • Lina
  • Leonie
  • Liv
  • Maike, Meike, Mareike
  • Melissa
  • Merle
  • Mercedes
  • Marie
  • Maja
  • Marlene, Marleen
  • Martina
  • Nina
  • Nicole
  • Nora
  • Petra
  • Paula
  • Pia
  • Ronja
  • Svenja
  • Sarah
  • Sofie, Sophie, Sophia
  • Samantha
  • Stella
  • Susie
  • Tabea
  • Tamara
  • Vivien
  • Vanessa

older ones:

  • Angela
  • Anita
  • Andschana
  • Antonia
  • Birgit
  • Brigitte
  • Berta
  • Christa, Christel
  • Doris
  • Diana
  • Fanny
  • Frieda
  • Gerta
  • Gisela
  • Gutrun
  • Hannelore
  • Helga
  • Heidi, Heide
  • Inga, Inge
  • Iris
  • Ilse
  • Ingrid
  • Josephine
  • Karin, Karen
  • Linda
  • Lydia
  • Marta
  • Monika
  • Nadja
  • Olivia
  • Roswitha
  • Renate
  • Susanne
  • Sabine
  • Sissi
  • Simone
  • Silke
  • Tina, Tine
  • Ursula
  • Ulla
  • Vera
  • Veronika
  • Winnifried
  • Wanda
  • Wilhelma

Last Names[edit]

The 51. most popular last names in Germany:

  1. Müller
  2. Schmidt
  3. Schneider
  4. Fischer
  5. Meyer
  6. Weber
  7. Wagner
  8. Becker
  9. Schulz
  10. Hoffmann
  11. Schäfer
  12. Koch
  13. Bauer
  14. Richter
  15. Klein
  16. Wolf
  17. Schröder
  18. Neumann
  19. Schwarz
  20. Zimmermann
  21. Braun
  22. Krüger
  23. Hofmann
  24. Hartmann
  25. Lange
  26. Schmitt
  27. Werner
  28. Schmitz
  29. Krause
  30. Meier
  31. Lehmann
  32. Schmid
  33. Schulze
  34. Maier
  35. Köhler
  36. Herrmann
  37. König
  38. Walter
  39. Mayer
  40. Huber
  41. Kaiser
  42. Fuchs
  43. Peters
  44. Lang
  45. Scholz
  46. Möller
  47. Weiß
  48. Jung
  49. Hahn
  50. Schubert
  51. Zächer


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