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post #41 of 69
I used to work with a guy named Gunther ... he was kid of hot LOL ( back in my teen yrs)
post #42 of 69
My neighbor's kid is Toeren. For the longest time I thought it was Torsten. I like both. My host brother in Germany was Oliver and I loved it. Still love the name.
Julian, Kai, Christian, are nice too.
post #43 of 69
Originally Posted by snguyen View Post
I'd love to hear from Germans as to whether any of these names are back in fashion or should be completely avoided, they are family names and we want something German if we ever have a boy:


Also, what about Kai, Lukas or Markus? (Not family names, but we like them, too.)
Christian observe the pronunciation of K at the beginning, not a soft chr sound (hope you know what I mean) is modern,
Ernst, August, Otto, Hermann and Fritz (which I personally like a lot) are not so modern
Kai is also a girls name up north, Lukas and Markus are christian "standard" names - not to put them down, but they are rather common.
If you want something more exotic why not google Germanische Vornamen, this should turn up some unusual names.
post #44 of 69
My DH has a German friend named Hanno, which I like very much (maybe just because he's such a sweet person). I'm sure it's a diminuitive of Johann. Do you want identical pronunciation?

post #45 of 69
Othello. Otto is the nickname, but you can use it as a stand-alone.
post #46 of 69
We liked Magnus. It's admittedly a scandinavian name, but I think people use it in Germany, too. I could be wrong, just thought it's throw it out there.
post #47 of 69
(maybe these are more Norse?)
post #48 of 69
Originally Posted by Absinthia View Post
Don't, while Dietrich Bonhoeffer was an admirable man, the name is so old fashioned the poor kid will get teased to no end. Not good old fashioned like Emil or Friedrich which are in fashion. Wolfgang is in the same category by the way.
I the name Dietrich! We ruled it out for this baby (now I can't remember why), but I've always liked the name.

Originally Posted by atobols View Post
Our best friend from Germany was named Carsten. I always liked the name and it's said the same in either country.
We're considering Carsten, only we're considering using the alternate spelling Karsten so that we can call him Kai as a nickname (since there was no obvious nickname for Karsten).
post #49 of 69
My kids and I are duel-citizens. My son's name is Anton.
I also liked Mathias and Torsten, but have family/friends with those names.
post #50 of 69
My DH is German, and besides Johannes we considered the following names-


We call our son Hannes and/or Jojo (Yoyo).
post #51 of 69
Lily's_Mom's DH here:

I was born and raised in Germany for 22 years. I assume that qualifies me somewhat for this topic. Although, I am living on the West side of the Atlantic for quite a while - so I am not sure what is currently 'IN'.

Most of the names in previous posts are not German; at the same time I want to give some of my opinions on:
Adolf - don't do!
Erich - Erich Honecker - second last president of German Democratic Republic.
Knut - don't!
Otto - there is a famous German comedian as well as a merchandise catalogue termed Otto.

My criteria: do a Wiki search, if the name hits any "famous" Germans. Also, for me, the name should be pronounceable in German and English alike. The latter have troubles with the names ending in 'ger'. So, no Scandinavian names, popular in Germany, such as Holger. Also, names that have very close relatives in English, such as Harold (English) versus Harald (German), should be avoided.

My favorite in this list: Fritz. = But my wife just pointed out its similar to Pommes Fritz.

I like Axel and Ernst too.

Was Janosch mentioned? Its also a cute cartoon character.

Lily's Dad.
post #52 of 69
My sophomore dd is taking German and she has a fondness for names.

She says she likes Erich and Andru (with the 2 .. over the u)
post #53 of 69


Don't think this is German but I like "Liam" and it would be pronounced the same in both countries. I think that is an important thing since the vowels are pronounced so differently.

I also like Sven. There are so many great boy names. I think many more boy names than girl names are fabulous in German. I think the opposite of English names. So many great girl names and so few boy names! Hm...
post #54 of 69
We just moved out of Germany six months ago, but for the past few years English and French names have been the rage in Germany. In 2003 when my daughter was born, there were tons of babies named Tim and Tom (not Timothy or Thomas).

We also had the difficulty of trying to find names that worked in a few different cultures/languages.

Here are some suggestions (even though it seems the OP has indicated she has settled on Karsten).

Felix (international, typical German these days)
Finn (a Scandinavian name, but very common as is Jan (pronounced Yann) and Sven))
Joerg (Yerg)

Double names are also common:
Karl-Heinz (a bit of an older name)

If you wiki German names, you can see lists of popular German names from 2006, 1900, and 1600.
post #55 of 69
I like Andreas, he can always be Andy in the states. I am seeing tons of babies and kids around here named Fabian. An amazing number actually...
post #56 of 69
our next kid if it's a boy will be named Axel or Axl. I just love that name!
post #57 of 69
My children are dual-citizens as well. You can keep both citizenships as long as you are born with them. Check with your local German embassy. The Americans won't recognize the dual-German citizenship but they don't forbid it either. You just have to make sure to use your American passport to enter the US and your German passport to enter Germany. Otherwise they'll get really stinky with you.

My DH's name is Markus and we named our DS Thomas. There were a lot of Tims and Toms over there in his playgroup. My nephews' names are Maximilian (Max for short), Julian, Bastian (for Sebastian), Paul, and Alex (for Alexander).

We picked Thomas and Rebecca as names because they're Biblical and therefore very neutral, culturally. Something like Dietrich, Dieter, Joachim, Adolf, Erwin, Ernst, Joseph/Sepp/Jupp, Florian, etc. is much more Germanic and difficult for Americans to pronounce. I really like Michael, Paul, Phillip, Peter, John, and Emmanuel.
And Dieter always reminds me of Dieter Bohlen. Yuck!
post #58 of 69
you don't need to use the german passport to enter germany, only the US passport for both ways. the US cares, germany doesn't.

i wouldn't choose any old school german names unless i knew for sure they were OK and wouldn't be made fun of. weird names really don't go over well for german kids (i think kids in the US are way more used to them). i would choose something on that top 250 list, that's for sure. names like hans-peter are really outdated. and adolf, no...that's not even legal in germany.

every little nicolas i know in germany goes by nico, not nick at the moment!
post #59 of 69
I'm loving this thread. Guys I knew growing up had some of these names.

My favorites are Matthias and Johannes.

Timothy could be a cross-Atlantic name, no? Probably would be Timo for short in Germany?
post #60 of 69

you don't need to use the german passport to enter germany, only the US passport for both ways. the US cares, germany doesn't.
This is true if you live in the US and travel to Germany. But I had to use my German one to enter Germany to explain why I didn't have a return ticket or Aufenthaltserlaubnis.
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