GERMAN FIRST and LAST NAMES

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FIRST NAMES - VORNAMEN

General Resources
  • Most popular German first names of 2016 and 2017 and other years
  • The Most Popular Names of the Year 2000.
  • What are the most popular first names in Germany? 1992-1995

    Lists I've compiled

  • Useful list of over 300 boys' and girls' first names. Not exhaustive, perhaps outdated.
  • Spitznamen - Kosenamen: Nicknames of German kids - results of online poll.
  • List of Popular Names in Germany and their Foreign Origins.
  • Berliner Vornamen: entries from a June 1997 phone book.
  • Popular German First Names around 1910. List.

    Unusual Names and Rejected Names

  • German couple in fight to give girl a boys' name
  • 11/25 More court cases over names given to children - are they gender-specific and "normal" enough?
  • Here are some names that were rejected for various interesting reasons.
  • Is this why the Germans have some limits on child names?
  • A very clever, humorous list of "German names not found in the phone book".

    Name-days - Namenstage

  • Namedays and today's name of the day - Namenstage
  • Namenstage - Heiligenkalender und die beliebtesten Vornamen.
  • Namenlexikon und Namenstage. Scroll down page.
  • Are name-days still celebrated in modern-day Germany?
  • http://home.reflex.at/~peter.poesze/namenstag00.htm
  • http://www.heiligenlexikon.de/index.htm?Namenstag.htm
  • http://www.kirchenweb.at/wien/24.htm

    Misc. Resources on First Names - Vornamen

  • Nicknames (Past and Present) and Naming Traditions.
  • 18th Century Pennsylvania Dutch nicknames and naming customs.
  • Nomen est omen: 2100 Vornamen und ihre Bedeutung, Kurzformen, Namenstage, Topnamen
  • Vornamen von Familie-Online. Great variety of related topics.
  • IDS and Gesellschaft für dt. Sprache: most popular names in E. and W. Germany 1974-96.
  • Telefonbücher in Europa, Firmen, gelbe Seiten. E-Mail Adressen und Suchtips.
  • 5000 Vornamen - First names: in numerous European languages.
  • Das grosse Lexikon der Vornamen: CD ROM with 1500 names (DM20)..


    SURNAMES / FAMILY NAMES / NACHNAMEN

  • My collection of Genealogy and Immigration Resources
  • Origin and meanings of German surnames in America. Max Kade unit: German Names and Words in the U.S..
  • Origins of European Jewish surnames and the role of author E.T.A. Hoffmann
  • EveryLastName.com, Family Coats of Arms
  • Research your family history .
    1. Look up your surname / last name and find where it is found world-wide - how many people in the world have your exact full name?

    2. Ancestry.com - Library Edition using our passwords. More on names
    3. More on names
    4. Top 100 German last names and their meanings
    5. Pick a name that you like and WRITE IT DOWN - boys choose boy names, girls choose girl names


    OTHER WORKS IN PRINT

    Yearly DUDEN Lexikon der Vornamen.
    Die deutschen Personen-Namen, H.F. Otto Abel, Berlin 1889, Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz.
    Die Deutschen Vornamen, Robert Franz Arnold, Vienna, 1901, Adolf Holzhausen
    Vornamen und ihre Bedeutung, W. Lampe, Frankfurt am Main, 1949, Verlag für Sdesamtswesen
    Vornamen in der DDR 1960-1990. Bernd Kleinteich. Berlin, Akademie Verlag. 1992

    Bahlow Hans, trans Edda Gentry- Dictionary of German Names - Max Kade Institute, 1993
    Bahlow, Hans - Deutsches Namenlexikon - Taschenbuch 1985
    Brechenmacher - Etymologisches Worterbuch der Deutschen Familiennamen Limburg 1963. Hellfritzsch, Volkmar - Vogtländische Personennamen - Akademie-Verlag, Berlin, 1969).
    Jones, George F. - German-American Names - Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD.
    Mulch, Roland - Arnsburger Personennamen: Untersuchungen zum Namenmaterial aus Arnsburger Urkunden vom 13 - 16 Jahrhundert - Darmstadt & Marburg: Hessischen Historischen Kommission Darmstadt and the Historischen Kommission für Hessen, 1974.
    Naumann, Horst - Das grosse Buch der Familiennamen - Niedernhausen, Germany, 1994


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