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#1 of 69 Old 07-29-2008, 12:26 PM - Thread Starter
 
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The baby due in Dec. will have dual citizenship in Germany and the U.S., grow up bilingual (I hope), and quite possibly live in Germany at some point.
My SO and I want to choose a name that is pronounceable and not too outlandish in both countries. We have several girl's names in mind, but the only boy's name we could agree on was Nicolas, and I've recently developed a strong dislike for the nickname "Nick", which pretty much eliminates that. Does anyone have any suggestions? So far everything we've considered won't work for one reason or another, but I'm sure there are plenty of names that haven't occurred to either of us.
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Alexander sounds nice in both languages.

I personally like Wolfgang. "Wolf" or "Wolfie" in America is a pretty cool name (according to the kids in school).
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How about Hans? Something pronounced the same in both languages. That would be the key, I think. Pronounced the same in both languages.

Wolfgang: It's Volvf-gaang in German and Wolf-gang in English, so that could be confusing.

Do you have to conform to the baby-naming laws in Germany?
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Andreas? Tell me more about duel citizenship...Dh is a German citizen.
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I love the name Otto! I'm not sure if it's german or Dutch though, or either for that matter.
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I've always been partial to the name Fredrich because it was the name of the cutest boy in 6th grade. We called him Fritz.

Ulrich is a nice name too.
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I knew boy snamed Hans and Edmund. I think the family spoke exclusively German at home.
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voting for Hans! it's a nickname of my German dh's

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I love Max (my Ds) and also Alexander and Hans. Wofie sounds adorable as a short name for Wolfgang.
Our friend from Holland is Rudolf everyone calls him Rudy.
What about Milo, Klaus, Konrad or Leo.
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I am Austrian and live in the US. I was in the same boat as you when I had my boys (finding a girls name was easy). We named them Jared and Simon. And here are some other names off the top of my head.

Julian or Julius
Samuel
Kevin
Kai
Patrick
Xander
Felix
Aaron
Lukas
Tim
Marc
Oliver

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Bastian, Kurt or Karl
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Julian is my vote
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I the name Hans.

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couldn't you just use Cole as a nickname for Nicholas?

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Max
Oliver
Peter (although you'll have two pronunciations, but that could be cool)
Walter
Johannes
Markus
Thomas


I must say, though, Wolfgang has flair!
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You could use Nicolas and call him "Cole". That's what Alivia would have been if she was a boy...oh, and if her father would have stuck around!
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Going out on a limb here----maybe something REALLY old fashioned?
Emil or Adolph?
They're both family names for me, but wouldn't work on our kids.
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Stefan
Sebastian
Lukas
Oskar
Kaspar
Orson
Matthias
Tobias
Timo
Niko

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My kids are Swiss-American; we have boys named Benjamin and Tobias.
Andreas and Matthias were on the list too. I like Wolfgang a lot, but I think it sounds better with the German pronunciation.
I like Adrian and Stefan too, but they were already taken.
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I love Walther and Wilhelm. Those were our choices if DD2 had been a boy.

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you cannot do Adolph in Germany, that boy's gonna be in trouble if he ever comes here. It's just not something you should consider I think. Emil is pretty popular, more traditional names are right now.

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Here is a list of the most popular names in Germany right now. It is not as comprehensive as the SSA list, but pretty good anyway.

http://www.beliebte-vornamen.de/2008.htm

Here is a list to the top 250 names last year:

http://www.beliebte-vornamen.de/2007.htm
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Great name- and man!

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Alfred is a name that works in both languages.

nothing more to say I guess :
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I love Luca or Luka!
Logan
Elias
Noah

would have been names for us if my dd were a boy
raising bi-lingual kids is easy!!
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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'll suggest

Benedikt
Lars
Joshua
Matthias
Paul
Anton
Konrad
Nils
Leonard
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Our best friend from Germany was named Carsten. I always liked the name and it's said the same in either country.

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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:

Ernst
August
Otto
Hermann
Fritz
Christian

Also, what about Kai, Lukas or Markus? (Not family names, but we like them, too.)
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