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Common Source For All Baby Names (well almost) Northern Indo-European Germanic people who spoke a common language were the originators for Germanic names.  During the1st millennium BC, these Scandinavians (Vandals, Angles, Saxons, Danes, Swedes, Goths, etc.) spread across Europe. All Germanic languages or Teutonics descended from this tribal ancestor in the 1st century when Germanic rule dominated the majority of the European continent. Many are still used today, including German, Dutch, English, Yiddish and Swedish. When several tribes were Christianized between 500 – 1000 AD, traditional Germanic names were used alongside Christian names.  Modern Germanic Names Today’s European names are commonly Germanic in origin. Old Norse names like Gustav and Ingrid are still used in Scandinavia. German and French royalty have bore Germanic names including Freidrich, Louis, Charles, Matilda and Henri. Influences from the Visigoth Germanic tribe remains evident in Portugal and Spain where names like Gonzalo, Rodrigo, Alfonso and Fernando are typical. English-speaking areas use Old English originated names like Alfred, Edith and Edward, as well as Norman originated such as Roger, Richard, and William. Old Norse origins can also be found in English names like Arnold, Eric, and Ronald. Name Elements The etymological portion for a particular name is called a name element. The construction for Germanic first names usually included two elements, dithematic. Names like Gerhard is the combined form of ger (spear) and hard (brave). Meaning didn’t appear to play a significant role in elemental combinations for the names. Preference is noted by frequency in some tribes over others, as well as positional placement, first or second. Militaristic and warklike meanings were common in name elements. Other typical examples for Germanic name element usage are bert (bright) found in Robert, Albert, and Bertram. Linda is used in naming girls in the US, Finland, Italy, Scandinavia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Holland, as well as Germany. Linda derives from the element linde (soft and tender) and was originally used as a short form for Germanic names. The Spanish word ‘linda’ (beautiful) is coincidental. The name is commonly used in English speaking countries and has over 12 diminutives including : Lindy, Lynette, Lynn, Lyndi, and Lynna. Below are some common names with elemental origins and meanings. Elements in Germanic Names
alf – "supernatural being, elf" comes fr Old Norse alfr, Old Eng ælf
ex. Alvin, Algar, Alfred el, adal, al – "noble" comes fr Old Ger adal, Old Norse aðal, Old Eng æðel,
ex. Elmer, Adelaide, Albert dis – "goddess" comes fr Old Norse dís
(Vigdís, Valdís) od, ot, et – "prosperity, fortunate" comes fr Old Ger od, Old Eng ead
ex. Edwin, Edward, Edmund, Edgar, Odovacar, Odo ek, eg  – "edge of a sword" from Old Ger ek, Old Eng ecg
ex. Egbert, Eckhard fred, frid, frit – "peace" comes fr Old Ger frid
ex.Wilfred, Frederick, Fritjof  rid, frid – "beautiful" comes fr Old Norse fríðr
ex. Sigrid, Ingrid, Astrid ger, gar – "spear" from Old Ger ger, Old Eng gar, Old Norse geirr
ex. Gerald, Gerard, Gertrude, Edgar hard – "hardy, brave" fr Old Ger hard
ex. Gerard, Richard her – "warrior, army" comes fr Old Ger heri, Old Norse herr, arr, Old Eng here,
ex. Herbert, Harold, Herman hu, hug – "heart, mind, spirit" fr Old Ger hug
ex. Hubert, Hugh hild – "battle" fr Old Ger hild, Old Norse hildr
ex. Hilda, Brunhilde, Borghild, Matilda mund, mond – "protector" fr Old Eng mund
Esmond, Edmund, Osmond, Raymond os – "a god, divine" comes fr Old Eng os (rel.= Old Norse áss)
ex. Osbert, Oswald, Osmond red, rad – "wise" or "counsel" comes fr Old Eng ræd, Old Norse rad
Conrad, Alfred ric, rich – "ruler" or "power" comes fr Old Ger ric, Old Norse rikr
ex. Eric, Henry, Richard rud, rod – "fame" fr Old Ger hrod, Old Eng hreod
ex. Rudolf, Robert, Roderick sig – "victory" fr Old Norse sigr, Old Ger sige
ex. Sigurd, Sigmund wald, vald, hold – "rule, power" fr Old Ger wald, Old Norse valdr, Old Eng weald
ex. Oswald, Walter, Arnold ward – "guard" fr Old Eng weard
ex. Howard, Edward win – "friend" fr Old Eng wine
ex. Alvin, Edwin German Names German given names are called ‘Vorname’ and can be more than one. Typically, a full German name includes given name (1 or more) and a surname (family name). European names remain common sources used in Germany for naming their children. Laws dictate what names Germans are allowed to give to their children. The top names used in Germany today are:  Va, Emma, Alison, Heidi, Raaf, Abigail, Haakon, Ada, and Aaby.
German Surnames Fischer, Schmidt, Becker, Schneider, Zimmermann, Hoffmann, Wagner and Schultz are common surnames originating from Germany. Schwartz is a last name often associated with great German athletes like Hans Schwartz, 1934 FIFA World Cup football star, Heiko Schwartz, Olympian swimmer, and Alois Schwartz, former football player turned manager in 2009. Famous people who changed their German names in for Hollywood stage names include Ralph Lauren (born Ralph Lifshitz), Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz), Winona Ryder (born Winona Laura Horowitz), and Stephanie Powers (born Stefania Federkiewicz) Is That German ? Some names with German origin sound so cute, many people would be surprised to discover their true origination.

steadfast and highborn

noble, nobility


noble, kind


father of peace



eager, industrious

all embracing, industrious

honorable ruler

mighty warrior’s child

female sheep, ewe


famous land

loved by God

princess or lady

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Aaltje German - Boy Shortlist
Abelard German Resolute, noble, and steadfast
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Abelardo German Resolute, noble, and steadfast
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ADAL German Originally a short form of names beginning with the Germanic element adal meaning 'noble'. Saint Adela was a 7th-century Frankish princess who founded a monastery at Pfazel in France. This name was also borne by a daughter of William the Conqueror.
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Adalard German - Boy Shortlist
ADALBEORHT German Girl Yes Shortlist
Adalbrechta German Boy Yes Shortlist
Adalene German Pleasant; Of the nobility. Noble. From the Old German 'athal' meaning noble.
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Adalgar German Noble spearman
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Adali German - Boy Shortlist
Adalicia German Of the nobility, a noble wolf; feminine form of Adolph
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Adalie German - Boy Shortlist
Adaline German - Boy Shortlist
Adaliz German - Boy Shortlist
Adalric German - Boy Shortlist
Adalrich German Highborn ruler, noble commander
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ADALRIK German - Boy Shortlist
ADALWEN German - Boy Shortlist
Adalwin German Noble friend; variant of Alvin
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ADALWINE German - Boy Shortlist
Adalwolf German Noble wolf
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Adalwolfa German - Shortlist
Adalyn German - Boy Shortlist
Addilo German - Boy Shortlist
Adela German Good humor, of the nobility,
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Adelaida German Spanish form of ADELAIDE
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Adelaide German Boy Yes Shortlist
Adelajda German Polish form of ADELAIDE
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Adelhaid German - Girl Shortlist
ADELHARD German Resolute
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Adelheide German Of the nobility; the wife of Emperor Otto the Great and the name of an Australian city
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Adelicia German - Boy Shortlist
Adelind German Woman of noble estate.
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Adelinda German - Boy Shortlist
Adelita German Of the nobility, noble,
Of the nobility, noble; a diminutive form of Adela. During the Mexican Revolution in the early twentieth century, adelitas were 'soldaderas" or female soldiers who cooked for and washed up after the armies, cared for their wounded men, and fought bravely in battles alongside the soldiers. A vital force in the war effort, these women are memorialized in the famous Mexican song "La Adelita."
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Adella German - Girl Shortlist
ADELLE German Noble, Kind
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Adellinde German - Boy Shortlist
ADELMAR German German cognate of ELMER
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Adelric German - Boy Shortlist
Adelrich German - Boy Shortlist
Adelrick German - Boy Shortlist
Adelrik German - Boy Shortlist
Adelynn German - Boy Shortlist
ADELYTE German Has good humor
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Adene German Diminutive of Adeline, from the Old German 'athal' meaning noble.
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Adette German Sweet or noble
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Adilene German - Boy Shortlist
Adilo German - Boy Shortlist
Adler German - Boy Shortlist