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One of the most exciting parts of pregnancy is choosing your baby’s name! If you are expecting and considering a German baby name, you’re in the right place! Many parents choose to honor their family heritage with their baby’s name. Do you or your partner have any German roots? (I happen to have German ancestry on both sides of my family. My paternal grandmother’s name was Louise, and I named my youngest daughter Charlotte. Both are on this list!) There are many classic German baby names with powerful meanings to choose from. German Baby Names German Baby Names for Girls Are you a ballet fan? You might like Clara, the heroine’s… Read More

One of the most exciting parts of pregnancy is choosing your baby’s name! If you are expecting and considering a German baby name, you’re in the right place!

Many parents choose to honor their family heritage with their baby’s name. Do you or your partner have any German roots? (I happen to have German ancestry on both sides of my family. My paternal grandmother’s name was Louise, and I named my youngest daughter Charlotte. Both are on this list!)

There are many classic German baby names with powerful meanings to choose from.

German Baby Names

German Baby Names for Girls

Are you a ballet fan? You might like Clara, the heroine’s name in The Nutcracker, which means “bright or clear.”

Classic literature enthusiast? You might like Charlotte, meaning “free man,” like Jane Eyre author Charlotte Brontë. Or you might consider Heidi, which means “nobility,” or Matilda, which means “mighty in battle.”

Music fan? You might consider Adele, which means “noble,” or Louisa, of von Trapp family fame in The Sound of Music, which means “famous warrior.”

Art enthusiast? You might choose Frida, like the famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, which means “peaceful.”

Do you love nature and the outdoors? You might like Brooke or Brooklynn, which mean “water or small stream;” Greta, which means “pearl;” Marlene or Marlie, which means “marshy meadow;” Rosalind or Roselyn, which mean “gentle horse;” or Rosamonde, which means “horse protector.”

Maybe you want to choose a religious name for your daughter? You might like Dorothea, which means “gift of God;” Johanna, which means “God is gracious;” or Kate or Katharina, which means “pure.”

Want to give your daughter a strong name befitting a female warrior? You might consider Bernadette, meaning “strong or brave bear;” Eloise, Elouise, Louisa, or Louise, which mean “famous warrior;” Fernanda, meaning “adventurous or bold journey;” Mathilde, Matilda, Tillie, or Tilly, meaning “mighty in battle;” or Willa or Wilhelmina, meaning “will-helmet or protection.”

Want something a little more elegant for your little girl? Try Alannah or Alleine, which means “precious,” or Mina, which means “love.”

Here are a few of the most popular German baby girl names, in alphabetical order:

Popular German Baby Names for Girls

Ada, Adela, Adele, Adelia, or Della
Adalina, Adaline, Adalyn, Adeline, Adelyn, or Adelynn
Adelaide, Adelheid, or Heidi
Alice, Alicia, Alisha, or Alyson
Alannah or Alleine
Anja
Anneliese
Annike
Aubree, Aubreigh, Aubri, or Aubrie
Avalee
Belinda
Bernadette
Bertina
Birdie
Brooke or Brooklyn
Carla, Charlee, Charleigh, Charlene, Charli, Charlize
Carolina, Caroline, Carolyn, or Carrie
Charlotte
Dorothea
Elke
Ella or Ellia
Eloise or Elouise
Ema or Emma
Emme
Emalyn or Emmeline
Fernanda
Frida
Geraldine
Gisele or Giselle
Greta
Harriet
Hattie
Hedwige
Ilse
Inge
Johanna
Jutta
Kate or Katharina
Klara or Clara
Lorelei
Lotte or Lotty
Louisa, Louise, or Lula
Magdalena
Margarethe
Marlene or Marlie
Mathilde or Matilda
Mina
Odette
Jocelynn, Joselyn, or Joslyn
Renate
Rosalind, Rosalinda, or Roselyn
Rosamonde or Rosamund
Sabine
Selma
Stefanie
Tillie or Tilly
Willa or Wilhelmina
Yvonne

German Baby Names for Boys

Are you a music fan? You might consider Ludwig, like German composer and pianist Ludwig von Beethoven, which means “famous warrior.” Or you might like Wolfgang, like Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which means “traveling wolf.”

Literary enthusiast? You might like Conrad, like Heart of Darkness author Joseph Conrad, which means “brave, bold ruler or counsel.”

Do you love nature? You might like Adler, which means “eagle;” Arnold, which means “strength of the eagle;” Bear or Bernardo, which means “strong and brave bear;” Brooks, which mean “water or small stream;” Florian, which means “blond, blooming, or flowering;” Guy, which means “wood;” Jürgen, which means “farmer or earth worker;” Kiefer, which means “pine tree;” Leonard, Leonardo, or Leonidas, which mean “lion strength;” or Randall, which means “wolf shield.”

Maybe you want to choose a religious name for your son? You might consider Christoph, which means “Christ-bearer;” Johann, which means “God is gracious,” or Matthias, which means “gift of God.”

Want to give your son a name worthy of a warrior? Consider Gunnar, Gunner, or Günther, which mean “battler or warrior;” Liam, Lyam, Will, or William, which mean “will-helmet or protection;” Lothar, which means “army of fame;” Ozzy, which means “spear of the gods;” Ricardo, Richard, or Ricky, which mean “powerful leader;” or Rogelio or Roger, which mean “famous spearman.” Alternatively, you might like Frederick or Friedrich, which means “peaceful ruler,” or Manfred, which means “man of peace.”

Here are a few of the most popular German baby boy names, in alphabetical order:

Popular German Baby Names for Boys

Adler
Alan or Allan
Alaric
Albrecht, Albert, or Alberto
Alvaro
Armando
Arnold
Barrett
Bear or Bernardo
Billy
Bobby
Brooks
Bruno
Carl, Charles, Charlie, or Charley
Christoph
Conrad
Derek or Derrick
Dirk
Dustin
Ernest or Ernesto
Florian
Frank
Frederick or Friedrich
Garrett
Gerald
Guillermo
Gunnar, Gunner, or Günther
Guy
Hank
Harry
Henrik or Henry
Hugh
Jeffery or Jeffrey
Johann
Jürgen
Karl
Kaspar
Kiefer
Konrad
Kurt
Lamar
Leonard, Leonardo, or Leonidas
Leopold
Lewis
Liam or Lyam
Lothar
Louie
Lucas
Ludwig
Manfred
Matthias
Otis
Otto
Ozzy
Randall
Raymond
Reiner
Ricardo or Richard or Ricky
Robert or Roberto
Rodney
Rogelio or Roger
Roland
Royce
Sigmund
Terry
Udo
Ulrich
Völker
Walter
Werner
Wilder
Will or William
Wolfgang

Want more baby names? Check out the hottest baby names for 2021 for inspiration. (You’ll find a few of our favorite German baby names like Barrett, Gunnar, Hattie, and Heidi on the list.)