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General Resources
  • Open this link to enter and hear how the names are pronounced.
  • Article on German names and many links from the
  • More on German first names from
  • 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.
  • Spitznamen - Kosenamen: Nicknames of German kids - results of the following online poll.
  • Spitznamen und Kosenamen. Umfrage für deutsche Jugendlichen.
  • 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?
  • NEW: seltsame, skurille und erheiternde Personen- und Ortsnamen
  • 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?

    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.
  • Hebammenpraxis: Jungen und Mädchennamen und deren Bedeutung.
  • Equivalents of first names. Enter a name and receive result: Karl, Carl, Charles, Carlos, etc.
  • Vornamen und deren Bedeutung, plus language of origin. Alphabetized with links.
  • 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.
  • Yahoo Deutschland Directory: Vornamen für Babies with lists, meanings, origins.
  • 5000 Vornamen - First names: in numerous European languages.
  • 25,000 Namen aus aller Welt. Datenbank. Enter queries.
  • Das grosse Lexikon der Vornamen: CD ROM with 1500 names (DM20)..
  • Yahoo directory of Baby Names.. English language names.


  • Searchable database - visual results, individual surname distribution in US 1850-1990
  • Family Names / Surnames
  • 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..
  • Unusual German names from
  • Origins of European Jewish surnames and the role of author E.T.A. Hoffmann
  • Eponyms - inventions and products named after their creators: Adidas, Fahrenheit, Mercedes, Zeppelin, etc.
  • Information on American surnames
  • Origins of Family Names and the History of Names.
  • Gateway to Surname Origins. Naming Patterns & Nickname Origins.
  • Tuffsearch's links to European Naming Traditions and Surname/Family Research.
  • Where does your family come from? Enter your last name for info
  • German Family Names and the jobs/occupations they are related to. More on Jobs
  • Genealogy Today, more German last names and even more (surnames)
  •, Family Coats of Arms
  • Research your family history
  • Look up your name using a simple AltaVista search. Choose German as the language, if applicable.


    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 Standesamtswesen
    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

  • and Telebuch, i.e. booksellers.
  • Publishers and software vendors at the Agora Language Marketplace.

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