Names of children in German: what should your son be called?

As a mother, you are wondering about the names of children in German. Finding a name is often not so easy. Here you can find out what is the correct German boy's name and what is its meaning or origin.

The first German names often have a religious background and come from Hebrew, or they originally come from Old German.

The names of boys from the German-speaking region are also represented in Austria and Switzerland. Many of the typical German boy names that were common in the time of grandparents go back.

Names of children in German
Names of children in German

Example:

  • Adelbert Edelbert
  • Gustav Gustav

In addition, the names of German boys can also come from other countries. Scandinavian names are now common in Germany.

Example:

  • Jens Jens
  • Sven Sven

Names of children in German

Names of German children and their meanings:

Names of boys with A.

namelanguageMeaning
AchimGerman LanguageThe man of St. Anne, mother of Mary
AdalgerOld High GermanThe noble with a bayonet
AdalgisOld High GermanKnown from Saint Adalgis of Novara, an Irish monk who preached in France (seventh century)
AdamGerman LanguageAdam is the ancestor of humanity in the Bible. Person
AdelarGerman LanguageAdalher
AdelfriedGerman LanguageNoble and peaceful
AdelgisGerman LanguageKnown from Saint Adalgis of Novara, an Irish monk who preached in France (seventh century)
AdiGerman LanguageShort form for men's names that begin with "Adal-" or "Adel-"
AdolarGerman LanguageAdalher
AdwinGerman LanguageA noble friend
AgileGerman LanguageRuler of Awe
AginmarGerman LanguageHorror/spearhead famous
AglefGerman LanguageMention of the old German first name
AgnusGerman Languagelentils
AistulfOld High GermanFamous by Aistulf, king of Lombardy (eighth century)
AlawisOld High GermanKnown from the veneration of the Jesuit Aloysius von Gonzaga (sixteenth century)
AlbanGerman LanguageKnown from St. Mainz Albanians, martyr (IV/V century)
AlberichGerman LanguageIn Germanic mythology, Alberich is the king of elves.
AldrikGerman LanguageStylish ruler
AlexanderGerman LanguageFamous by Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia (356-323 BC)
AlfredGerman LanguageKnown from the Anglo-Saxon king Alfred the Great (ninth century)
AlcuinOld High GermanThe name of the Anglo-Saxon theologian and poet
AlmundGerman LanguageNobel Protector
AloysGerman LanguageKnown from the veneration of the Jesuit Aloysius von Gonzaga (sixteenth century)
AltmannGerman LanguageKnown from St. Altman, Bishop of Passau (XI century)
AltoGerman LanguageApostle of Faith in Bavaria
AmadeusGerman LanguageLike Ehregott, Christlieb, etc.
AmaeliusGerman LanguageAl , Qader
AmalrichOld High GermanA feature of the Ostrogothic royal family of Amaler or Amelungen
AmantiusGerman LanguageKnown as various early saints
AmbrosGerman LanguageIn Greek mythology, delicious food is the food of the gods that gives immortality
AmbroseLatinIn Greek mythology, delicious food is the food of the gods that gives immortality
AnianGerman LanguageTortured
AnicetusGerman LanguageKnown from St. Ansitus, one of the first popes (second century)
AnnoGerman LanguageIt spread through the veneration of St. Arnold, the oud player at the court of Charlemagne
AnselmGerman LanguageKnown from the veneration of St. Anselm in Canterbury (11th/12th century)
AnselmusLatinKnown from the veneration of St. Anselm in Canterbury (11th/12th century)
AnsgarGerman LanguageOssian seal (with Oscar as Ossian's son) is best known by Scotsman James MacPherson
AnswaldOld High GermanIt spread as St. Oswald (seventh century), King of North Umbria
AnswinGerman LanguageFriend of God
AntonGerman LanguageIt spread through the veneration of St. Anthony Padua, patron saint of Portugal (thirteenth century).
ArchusGerman LanguageThe name of St. Archius, probably derived from Archibald
ArdoGerman LanguageThe name of the Gothic king; the meaning is uncertain
ArdrikGerman LanguageThe name probably derives from Ardarich (including King of the Gepids in the fifth century)
ArendGerman LanguageIt spread through the veneration of St. Arnold, the oud player at the court of Charlemagne
ArcadiusGerman LanguageFlavius Arcadius was the first emperor of the Byzantine Empire
ArminGerman LanguageThe name of the Germanic was the prince who defeated the Roman army in 9 AD
ArndGerman LanguageIt spread through the veneration of St. Arnold, the oud player at the court of Charlemagne
ArnestOld High GermanFamous by the legend of the Duke of Swabia Ernest
ArnhelmGerman LanguageThe eagle that gives protection
ArnimGerman LanguagePlace name Arneem (belongs to Stendal in Saxony-Anhalt)
ArnoldGerman LanguageIt spread through the veneration of St. Arnold, the oud player at the court of Charlemagne
ArnulfOld High GermanKnown from St. Arnulf, grandfather of the Carolingian dynasty (sixth and seventh centuries)
ArnustOld High GermanFamous by the legend of the Duke of Swabia Ernest
ArthurGermanSpread through the legend of King Arthur and his round table (sixth century)
ArwidGerman,The eagle on the tree
ArwinGerman LanguageEagle Friend
AsjonGerman LanguageSwedish Lake Name
AskanGerman LanguageNames from Greco-Roman mythology
AsmusGerman LanguageIt spread through the veneration of St. Erasmus (3/4), the Needy Helper and Saint of the Seafarers
AsmuthGerman LanguageGod and Spirit / Courage
AspasiusGerman LanguageBeautiful welcome
AstoldGerman LanguageAstolt / Astold is a character from the Nibelungen saga
EtchGerman LanguageUsed as a term for a friend, brother or companion
AudomarOld High GermanSpread as St. Utthmar (7th century 8th) founder of the abbot of St. Gallen
AugustGerman LanguageHonorary title of Roman Emperor I Gaius Octavianus
AugustineGerman LanguageHonorary title of Roman Emperor I Gaius Octavianus
AurelianGerman LanguageKnown from the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (second century)
AurionGerman LanguageGolden
AegiliusGerman LanguageThe name of the protective cloak was Zeus or Athens

Names of boys with b

namelanguageMeaning
BaldurGerman LanguageIn Scandinavian mythology, Baldour is the god of light, the son of Odin and Freig.
BalthazarGerman LanguageAbdullah Fertility in the Middle East. Known as one of the three saintly kings.
BarnabasGerman Language"Son of the Prophet" or "Son of Condolence"
BastianGerman LanguageIt was named in honor of a Roman emperor.
BeatGerman LanguageSaid Hanaa is the name of the first messenger of faith in Switzerland
BedeGerman LanguageDoctor of the Anglo-Saxon Church (VII/VIII century).
BenedictGerman LanguageKnown from St. Benedict Norcia, Italian monk
BenjaminGerman LanguageIn the Bible, the youngest son of James
BennoGerman LanguageIt spread through the veneration of St. Bernard Clairvo (11th/12th century)
BerendGerman LanguageStrong as a bear, strong as a bear
BerndGerman LanguageIt spread through the veneration of St. Bernard Clervaud (11th/12th century).
BernhardGerman LanguageIt spread through the veneration of St. Bernard Clervaud (11th/12th century).
St. BernardGerman LanguageIt spread through the veneration of St. Bernard Clervaud (11th/12th century).
BjornScandinavianBears; Brown
BobfriedGerman LanguageGlorious, glossy, protective
BodoGerman LanguageSayed Rasul
BoreiGerman LanguageIn Greek mythology the god of wind in the north
BotlefGerman LanguageRepair, Messenger, Descendant
BörriesGerman LanguageKnown from St. Leporius, Bishop of Le Mans (fourth century)
BrunoGerman LanguageTitle of God Odin
BrunolfGerman LanguageBrown wolf
BrutusLatinheavy
BryanGerman LanguageThe name of the Irish national hero Brian Burume.
BurghardGerman LanguageIt spread through the veneration of St. Burcquard, Bishop of Würzburg
BurgmannGerman LanguageThe castle and the man
BurkhardGerman LanguageIt spread through the veneration of St. Burcquard, Bishop of Würzburg
BurkhardtGerman LanguageStrong protection

Names of boys with C

name language Meaning
CasimirGerman LanguageKnown from the veneration of St. Casimir, patron saint of Poland
CasparGerman LanguageDistributed by Caspar, the name of one of the Magi
CassianGerman LanguageA Christian martyr from the fourth century
CesarGerman LanguageThat was cut off from the uterus
ClovisOld High GermanGerman and French kings and emperors spread throughout Europe
ChlotharOld High GermanKnown as the aristocratic Franconism, for example Lothar II, King of Lotharingen (ninth century)
ChristophGerman LanguageIt spread in the Middle Ages by venerating St. Christophoros (third century), patron saint of navigators and rafts, one of the fourteen assistants in need
ClementGerman LanguageModerate, meek
ColiasGerman LanguageDenotes the genus of butterflies
ConradGerman LanguageBold consultant
CordeliusGerman LanguageMy heart's beloved
CorvenGerman LanguageCrow
CorvinusGerman LanguageLittle Raven
CelestineGerman LanguageKnown from St. Pope Celestine I (432)
CrishanGerman LanguageName of Indian god Krishna

Names of boys with D

namelanguage Meaning
DanielGerman LanguageThe name of the Biblical is God/ I have the judge
ThanksGerman LanguageDesigner Thought
DierkGerman LanguageStrong among people. Ruler of the people
DietgerGerman LanguageA well-known name of St. Thogger von Thuringia, missionary of Norway and Denmark (eleventh century)
DietherOld High GermanThe ancient two-part German name, the variant of Dieter; it can also be seen as a short form of Dietrich
DietolfGerman LanguagePeople and the Wolf
LockpickGerman LanguageStrong among people. Ruler of the people
DirkGerman LanguageStrong among people. Ruler of the people
DominikGerman LanguageKnown from St. Dominique, founder of the Dominican order (thirteenth century)

Names of boys with E.

name language Meaning
EckhardGerman LanguageKnown from the legendary character of "Eckart the Savior"
EckhartGerman LanguageA strong swordsman, that is, one who is trained to handle the sword (sword-slingshot).
EckmarGerman LanguageSame derivation as Egomar
EdiGerman LanguageName of 8 consecutive English kings
EgidiusGerman LanguageProtective cloak of Zeus or Athens
EgmarGerman LanguageFamous Sayyaf
EhrhardGerman LanguageKnown from St. Erhard, Bishop of Regensburg (circa 700)
ElgarGerman Languagespear point)
EliezerGerman LanguageA slave to Abraham in the Bible
EligiusGerman LanguageKnown from St. Eligius (VI/VII century), patron saint of goldsmiths
ElijahGerman LanguageIn the Bible a great prophet fights the worship of Baal
EmanuelGerman LanguageIn the Old Testament the name of the coming of Christ prophesied by the prophet Isaiah
EngelbertGerman LanguageIt spread through the veneration of St. Engelbert, Archbishop of Cologne (12/13th century)
EngelhardGerman LanguageDesigner Owners
ErdmannGerman LanguageThe land and the man of the army
ErhardGerman LanguageKnown from St. Erhard, Bishop of Regensburg (circa 700)
ErkhildGerman LanguageExcellent fighter
seriousGerman LanguageThe legend of the Duke of Ernest Swabia
EugeneGerman LanguageIt was famous in the eighteenth century by the Prince of Savoy Eugene
EwaldGerman LanguageKnown from medieval saints
EykGerman LanguageOak, ruler

Names of boys with F

name language Meaning
FabiusGerman LanguageBeans
FabriziusGerman LanguageLiteral, Schmid
FalkoGerman LanguageThe Magnificent Falcon
FaustinusGerman LanguageLucky
FaustusGerman LanguageLucky
FelixGerman LanguagePreferred by luck
FenrisGerman Languagequagmire
FidelGerman LanguageBeliever
FieteGerman LanguageKnown as various German rulers, for example Frederick the Great (eighteenth century)
FilippGerman Languagehorse
FjellGerman Languagemountain
FlorenceGerman LanguageFlorence in Italy
FlorianGerman LanguageIt spread in the Middle Ages by venerating St. Florian (fourth century).
FlorusGerman LanguageIn Roman mythology the goddess of flowers and spring
FranciscusGerman LanguageKnown as St. Francis of Assisi
FrankGerman Languagefree
FrediGerman LanguageKnown from the Anglo-Saxon king Alfred the Great (ninth century)
FredwardGerman LanguageGuardian of Peace
FredyGerman LanguageKnown as various German rulers, for example Frederick the Great (eighteenth century)
FridenandOld High GermanNames of various rulers
FridolfGerman LanguageThe Peaceful Wolf
FriedebertGerman LanguagePeace/Wonderful Protection
FriederGerman LanguageKnown as various German rulers, for example Frederick the Great (eighteenth century)
FriederichGerman LanguageKnown in the Middle Ages as many German rulers, for example Frederick the Great (eighteenth century)
FriedhardGerman LanguageStrong Peace, Protection
FriedhorstGerman LanguageA peaceful man from the jungle.
FriedrichGerman LanguageKnown as various German rulers, for example Frederick the Great (eighteenth century)
FriedwaldGerman LanguageRuler of Peace
FriesoGerman LanguageThe name of a Germanic goddess
FrisoGerman LanguageFrom the name of the Germanic Frisian tribe
FrithjofGerman LanguagePeaceful thief
FritzGerman LanguageKnown in the Middle Ages as many German rulers, for example Frederick the Great (eighteenth century)
FrodewinGerman LanguageSmart Friend
Happy forestGerman LanguageWise ruler

Names of boys with G

name language Meaning
GawanGerman LanguageKnown from one of the knights of the round table
GebhardGerman LanguageIt spread in the Middle Ages through the veneration of St. Gebhard, Bishop of Constance (tenth century)
GeorgeGerman LanguageKnown from St. George (third / fourth century)
GerdGerman LanguageCharacter of Scandinavian mythology.
GereonGerman LanguageKnown from St. Jero, officer of the Tibiani Legion (fourth century)
GerholdGerman LanguageKnown from Mers Giron, officer of the Tibbani Legion (fourth century)
GerionGerman LanguageKnown from St. Jero, officer of the Tibiani Legion (fourth century)
GermannGerman LanguageSpearman
GermutGerman LanguageShujaa Spearman
GernotGerman LanguageKnown from Gernot of the Nibelungenlied, brother of King Günther
GilbertGerman LanguageKnown from the medieval practice of granting children to foreign courts as guarantors of alliances
GisbertGerman LanguageKnown from the medieval practice of granting children to foreign courts as guarantors of alliances
GiselmarGerman LanguageKnown Guarantor
GodberGerman LanguageAnd may God shine
GodehardGerman LanguageIt spread in the Middle Ages by venerating St. Gotthard (Godehard) Hildesheim (X/XI century)
GoldmundGerman LanguageKnown from the story "Narcissus and Goldmond" by Hermann Hesse
GotthardGerman LanguageAn ancient German name in two parts, spread in the Middle Ages by revering St. Gotthard (Godhard) in Hildesheim (tenth / eleventh century)
GottholdGerman LanguageIn the time of piety (seventeenth / eighteenth century)
GisbertGerman LanguageKnown from the medieval practice of granting children to foreign courts as guarantors of alliances
GiselherGerman LanguageOld German name in two parts; Giso is used as an independent short form of Giselher
GiselmarGerman LanguageKnown Guarantor
GodberGerman LanguageAnd may God shine
GodehardGerman LanguageIt spread in the Middle Ages by venerating St. Gotthard (Godehard) Hildesheim (X/XI century)
GodwillGerman LanguageGod's Will
GotthardGerman LanguageIt spread in the Middle Ages by venerating St. Gotthard (Godehard) Hildesheim (X/XI century)
GottholdGerman LanguageA recent name for piety (seventeenth/eighteenth century)
GüntherGerman LanguageIn Nibelungenlied, "Gunther" was the Burgundy king

Names of boys with H

name language
HagenGerman Language
HajoFrisian
HannesGerman Language
HansGerman Language
HartmutGerman Language
HartwilGerman Language
HarwigGerman Language
HedlefGerman Language
HeikoLow German
HeinfriedGerman Language
HeinoldGerman Language
HeinrichGerman Language
HelfriedGerman Language
HelmfriedGerman Language
HelmhartGerman Language
HelwartGerman Language
HelwigGerman Language
HenningGerman Language
HenrikGerman Language
HerbertGerman Language
HerwardGerman Language
HerwigGerman Language
HildebrandGerman Language
HildegrimGerman Language
HolgerGerman Language
HorandGerman Language
HorstGerman Language
HorstmarGerman Language
HruodolfAlthochdeutsch
HubertGerman Language
HugubertAlthochdeutsch
HuldbrandGerman Language
HuldrichGerman Language
HuldrychOberdeutsch

Names of boys with I.

name language
IgnazGerman Language
IngoGerman Language
IngoldGerman Language
IngrabanGerman Language
IvoGerman Language

Names of boys with J

name language
JacobEnglish
JanusFrisian
JasperLow German
JoachimGerman Language
JohnGerman Language
JonasHebrew
JoshuaGerman Language
JosephGerman Language
JovinRomansh
JulianGerman Language

Names of boys with K.

name language
QuayGerman Language
ChamomileGerman Language
KarlGerman Language
KarmiGerman Language
KasparGerman Language
KellanGerman Language
KilianEnglish
KletusGerman Language
KonradGerman Language
KunibertGerman Language

Names of boys with L.

name language
LambertGerman Language
LarionGerman Language
LeanderGerman Language
LenardGerman Language
LenzGerman Language
LeoGerman Language
LeonhardGerman Language
LeopoldGerman Language
LevinGerman Language
LinardGerman Language
LinusGerman Language
LionGerman Language
LionarthGerman Language
LiosGerman Language
LoomisGerman Language
LotharGerman Language
LudwigGerman Language
LudgerGerman Language
LukanGerman Language
LukasGerman Language

Names of boys with m

name language
PaintedGerman Language
ManfredGerman Language
MarbotGerman Language
MarcGerman Language
MarcellGerman Language
MartinGerman Language
MathiasGerman Language
MatthiasGerman Language
MaximilianGerman Language
MeikGerman Language
MenowinGerman Language
MerikGerman Language
MichaelHebrew
MiljanGerman Language
MoritzGerman Language
MunirGerman Language

Names of boys with N

name language
NaborGerman Language
NahneGerman Language
NatanaelGerman Language
NemuelGerman Language
NeroGerman Language
NestorGerman Language
NicklasScandinavian
NicoGerman Language
NicolasFrench
NorbertGerman Language
NormanEnglish

Names of boys with O

name language
OlafGerman Language
OscarSwedish
OttoGerman Language

Names of boys with P

name language
PaulGerman Language
PeterGerman Language
PhilianGerman Language
PhilipGerman Language

Names of boys with Q

name language
QuintGerman Language
QuintinGerman Language

Names of boys with R

name language
RabanGerman Language
RaffaelGerman Language
ReginhardGerman Language
ReimerGerman Language
RembrandtGerman Language
RenarGerman Language
ReneGerman Language
RioGerman Language
RoanGerman Language
RolfGerman Language
RomeoGerman Language
RudolfGerman Language
RuvenGerman Language

Names of boys with S.

name language
SalomonGerman Language
SalvatorGerman Language
SaulusNiederländisch
SelmarGerman Language
SeverinGerman Language
ShortyGerman Language
SiegfriedGerman Language
SigmarGerman Language
SilvanGerman Language
SimonGerman Language
SörenGerman Language
StefanGerman Language
SwenGerman Language

Names of boys with T

name language
TamiasGerman Language
TaurusGerman Language
TeoGerman Language
TheodorGerman Language
ThomasGerman Language
ThorstenSkandinavisch
TilGerman Language
TimGerman Language
TomanGerman Language

Names of boys with U

name language
UdoGerman Language
UliGerman Language
UlrichGerman Language
UrbanGerman Language

Names of boys with V

name language
ValentinGerman Language
ViktorGerman Language
VincenzGerman Language
VinzentGerman Language
VolkerGerman Language

Boys' names with W

name language
WaldefriedGerman Language
WalterGerman Language
WernerGerman Language
WilhelmGerman Language

Names of boys with X

name language
XanderGerman Language
XaverGerman Language

Names of boys with Y

name language
YodaGerman Language

Names of boys with Z

name language
ZeusGerman Language
ZylvanioGerman Language
ZyriakGerman Language

The names of German children are old

The names of German children are old
  • Maximilian
  • Leopold
  • Friedrich
  • George
  • Arthur
  • Kaspar
  • Benno
  • Wilhelm
  • Karl
  • Johann
  • Oscar
  • Richard
  • Eike
  • Peter
  • Hendrick
  • Fred
  • Frederik
  • Fridolin
  • Fritz
  • Hauke
  • Henrick
  • Henri
  • Konrad
  • Levin
  • Kuno
  • Lennard
  • Leonhard
  • Otto
  • Robert
  • Paul
  • Theodore

German Muslim children names

German Muslim children names
Name (German)Spelling the Qur'an (Arabic)Meaning in Islam
AbrahamEberheimProphet and founder of the worship of monotheism on the Kaaba in Mecca
AdamAdamThe father of humans and the prophet
AyyubJobprophet
DaoudDao5dprophet
Dhu l-KiflThe 1L1K1l im Koran nur im Akkusativ The 1L1K1L1Lv Ḏā l-KiflA Qur'anic figure defined by Islamic interpretation as either the middle name of Izqīl or Ibn Job.
ElischaThe 1stprophet
GabrielJbe1RellThe archangel, the owner of the revelation on Muhammad
HarunHarunBrother Moses the Prophet
HarutRooteangel
HūdJewsThe oldest of the five prophets in the Holy Quran
IblisSatan 1The Great Satan
IdrisEdrissprophet
Ilyas1 despairprophet
ImranUncle 1.0nThe father of Mary, the sister of Moses and the mother of Jesus in the Qur'an
IshaqS1H0QSon of Abraham and Sarah the Prophet
IsmaelS1M0ilSon of Abraham and Hajar the Prophet
JakobYaa1 QubIbn Isaac and the Prophet
JesusJesusThe prophet of God is a prophet and the words of God
Jonajoensenprophet
JosefYusufThe son of Jacob and the prophet
LotLotThe Apostle Who Stands on the Sins of His People
MaryamMariam 1Mother of Christ and sister of Moses (Moses) and Aaron (Aaron)
MarutRootangel
MichaelMickeyArchangel
MohammedmuhammadThe messenger of God and the last prophet
MosesMosesThe messenger of God and his prophet
NoahNoahThe messenger of God and his prophet
SalihP.S.The prophet was sent to the people of Thamid
Schu'aibSha'i1bThe prophet of the people of Madian
SuleimanSly 1 m 00Ibn David is a prophet
YahyaYahya 1 yiThe son of Zechariah the prophet
ZachariaszechariahJohn's father
ZaidZ1D

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