Where is one supposed to start when thinking of a name for a little baby? It is one of the hardest things to do because mom and dad are naming someone they have never even met before. They are picking a name before they get to know what kind of person this little baby will grow up to become.
There is also a lot of societal pressure on mom and dad to choose just the right name for the little baby. They don’t want to pick a name that is too common, a name that will be all over the playground, or be shared amongst a handful of classmates. They also don’t want to choose a name that is too unique, lest their little one be made fun of as they grow older.
They want the name to have a story, they want people to hear the name and immediately wonder where they thought of that name and what it means. Sometimes, the best way to get a name that fits this category is to look to other countries and cultures for inspiration.
With that being said, today we are going to explore Germany and the traditional names they use and love and see what we can use over here in the western side of the world. These names range from pretty common to more exotic and there are endless options.
We are starting off strong with this adorable name for your little girl. The origin of the name Helga is Scandinavian, and it means “prosperous, successful.” It is a great meaning if parents truly believe that a name meaning can help define the person.
According to Nameberry.com, the name is not ranked when it comes to popularity which means that the name is not within the top 1000. However, the name did rise 15% this week alone so it may be on the way back up.
Hans is another name that just screams German, and it is perfect for little boys. The name is pronounced hons, so the a is pronounced as an o, making this name sound extremely exotic. This name has roots in a lot of different places, it has roots in German, Dutch, Scandinavian and Estonian.
The name means “God is gracious.” It is also known as a different version of the name John and Johannes. The name was not ranked in 2017, but it did rise 25% in popularity this week alone.
Ursula is a name that can be considered a hidden gem. When people hear the name Ursula they often think about the villain in the Disney film, The Little Mermaid. However, it is a name for your little girl that is full of class and charm.
The name is of Latin origin and it means “little female bear.” The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity and it is actually dropping off the charts a little bit each week. Proving that this list is full of hidden gems.
The name GYnter may look a little odd and I will explain why. This name is pronounced gun-ter, some may recognize it by its more English spelling of Gunther. Parents can choose which way they want to spell the name for their child, but most opt for the more English spelling to make it easier.
The name is of pure German origin and it means “battle warrior.” A great meaning for a strong little boy. This name is also not ranked when it comes to popularity, but it did rise 20% this week alone.
Ingrid is a name that a lot of people probably think is a grandmother name, meaning that you only see it used on the older generation. Well, the older generation was once little baby’s themselves, so the names only get better with age.
The name is of Norse origin and it means “fair, beautiful.” That is just wonderful. This name is ranked in popularity, coming in at #932 in 2017. This name may not be too popular, but it is more popular than people realize.
This name is one that is definitely going to get people talking, as it is not heard on this side of the ocean really at all. The name is of German origin and it means “leap.” It may be the perfect and unique name for your little man.
The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, but it did rise 26% this week alone so it is on its way onto the charts, but it may take some time before it gets there.
Gisela is a perfect and beautiful gem of a name for a baby girl, and it has an exotic and elegant sound to it. The name Gisela is a German in origin and it derived from the German word gisil which means “pledge.”
The name has no ranking when it comes to popularity, which is surprising given how beautiful this name is. It also reminds a lot of people of the French name Giselle and that is due to supermodel Gisele Bundchen from Brazil.
There is something about this name that is strong and masculine, and it is perfect for little boys. This name is the German variation of the name Claus, which is a diminutive of Nicolas. It is also considered the Scandinavian and German variation of the name Nicolas.
What is interesting about this name is that it has no listed meaning, which means that your little boy will get to pave their own way and make their own meaning. The name is also not ranked when it comes to popularity.
Krista is a name that we are all pretty familiar with and it is a sweet and sassy name for a baby girl. The name is of Greek origin and it means “a Christian.” It is also considered the Czech variation of the name Christina.
The name was not ranked in popularity in 2017, but it did rise up 16% this week alone showing that more and more parents are realizing how great this name is. It would be a good idea to grab this name before it becomes more popular.
The name Karl is not unique in itself, but the fact that it is spelt with a K and not a C makes it unique and different, but in a good way. The name is of French and German origin and it means “free man.”
The name is also the German and Scandinavian variation of the name Charles. In 2017, the name was not ranked when it comes to popularity but that is probably due to the fact that it is spelt with a K and not the standard and original C.
This is a very unique sounding name and it is actually the first name on our list that is considered unisex, so it may be perfect for either your little boy or girl. The name is actually short for the full name Ingeborg with is Scandinavian in origin and it means “stronghold, protection.” A perfect meaning.
The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, which makes sense here in the western world. However, this only makes the name more exotic, attractive, and one that will have everyone asking where your inspiration came from.
An interesting fact about a lot of the German language is they pronounce their W’s as V’s. So, this name is pronounced VER-ner instead of WER-ner. The name is of German origin and it means “protecting army.” Perfect for a little boy.
This name is definitely unique as it is not ranked when it comes to popularity. The only downfall may be having to correct people who pronounce it incorrectly. If you are up for that challenge than this may be the perfect name for you.
The name Renate is just as sweet as it is unique and that is why parents love this name. The name is of Latin origin and it means “to be born again.”
The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, but it did rise 12% this week alone. It may be a while before this name reaches the top of the charts, which is perfect for parents looking for that one-of-a-kind name for their little girl. You can even alter the name an add an ‘a’ at the end for Renata.
The name Peter may not be of German origin, but it is a name that is incredibly popular in the country. The name is of Greek origin and it means “rock.” A rock is strong and steady, something we all wish for our little boys to be.
This name is more common than other names on our list, coming in at #213 in 2017. However, it is experiencing a little bit of a drop right now, falling 2% this week. It is one of those names that never goes out of style.
This name may look familiar and that is because it is the name Karen, just spelt differently. Sometimes a different spelling is all you need to make a name unique. The name is considered a Danish variation of the name Katherine and it means “pure.”
In 2017, the name was ranked in at #556 when it comes to popularity but that is when it is spelt the more traditional way. Spelling the name, the way the Germans do is bound to give your little girl some extra flair.
The name Heinz is a great selection for a little boy, and it is definitely a name that you won’t hear too much in North America. The name is of German origin and it means “home of the king.” It is also considered a different version of the German name Heinrich.
It is not surprising that this name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, however it did rise 41% this week alone, so it may be on its way up slowly.
The name Erika is short, sweet and a name that everyone is familiar with. The name is of Norse origin and is considered the feminine form of the name Eric. The name means “eternal ruler.” It is pronounced EH-rick-ah for anyone who may be confused or have a hard time.
In 2017, this name was ranked in at #831 when it comes to popularity, but it is continuing to rise as each week goes by so if we just give it time it may be an up-and-coming trendy name.
This may be a perfect name for your little boy if you are looking for a name that he won’t have to share with anyone, as long as he doesn’t go to Germany. This name is the German variation of the name Gerard. It is of English, Irish and German origin and it means “spear strength.”
The name was not ranked when it comes to popularity in 2017, but it is slowly inching closer and closer. It is definitely a name that will have people talking, it may even be a great ice breaker to make new mom friends at the play ground.
Gerda is a sweet name for a little girl that may be a short form for the name Gertrude. The name is of Scandinavian origin and it means “enclosure, stronghold.” It is not surprising that this name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, but it did drop another 10% this week.
This name has some significance as well. It is also the name of a mythological goddess of fertility, giving life and love. It is often seen on other baby name lists surrounding strong names for baby girls.
This name may seem a little confusing, but it is actually a hidden gem for little boys. The name is related to the name George, and is pronounced JUR-gen. The name is of Green origin and it means: earth-worker, farmer.”
The reason the name means that is because it is derived from the two elements ge (earth) and ergein (to work). The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity and it is not listed as rising or falling. You may not hear the name much in America, but it is common in Germany.
This is a beautiful and exotic sounding name for a little girl, and I may even put it on the list for my next child. The name is Dutch in origin and it means “pledged to God.’ The name has experienced a 33% rise in popularity this week however it does not have an official spot.
This name is pronounced with two syllables, and it is pronounced as if it was spelt Ilsa, with an ‘a’ ending. The name is rising in popularity due to is familiarity with the name Elsa, which has taken the world by storm thanks to the move Frozen.
There are a lot of names on this list that are not ranked when it comes to popularity but that never means that they are bad names. This name is incredibly unique, and not just because it is not ranked when it comes to popularity.
The name is pronounced DEE-ter. It is German in origin and it means “ruler of the people.” The name is also considered a diminutive of the name Dietrich. This version may be a little easier to pronounce and spell and may be the better choice for the little boys.
Thanks to the movie Frozen, this is another name that has become very popular for little girls all over the world, including Germany. The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “grace.” It is actually considered a variation of the name Hannah.
Parents love this name because it is short and sweet. In 2017, the name ranked in at #53 on the charts, making it the most popular name on our list. The only negative with this name may be that clearly everyone else loves it too.
If you think this name reminds you of the head protection that we make our children wear than you would be right. It sounds exactly the same, which may be why some parents are wary of choosing it. The name is of German origin and it means “brave protector.”
The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity which is not so surprising. It even dropped 17% in popularity this week as well. Parents are wary of names that may cause their children to be teased when they enter school.
Edith is a sweet name for a little girl that is loved all over the world, and we can definitely see why. The name is of English origin and it means “prosperous in war.” Even if the name is of English origin it is well loved in Germany and many parts of Europe.
In 217, the name was ranked in at #476 in popularity. Which is perfect, because it means the name is common, but not too common so it is still a perfect name for parents who want a name that they won’t hear too often.