Old fashioned German boys' names?

(88 Posts)
CantThinkOfANC Mon 25-Nov-13 22:34:57

DP and I have decided TTC in a few months and are having a good-natured bicker about what to call our DC. He is German, I am English and we live in the UK. For the time being (at least ten years) we will stay here.

His favourite name, Finn, was taken by his best friends back home six years ago. He would like very old, Germanic names that no one has heard of and I am stumped. Either they are ridiculous (Adalhard anyone?) or 'too modern', e.g. Max (although I know it's an old name but it's popular now).

He doesn't want: modern, popular, anything that his uncles/close male relatives were called.

I like (and he has vetoed): Karl, Max, Edward, Edmund, Oskar, Georg.

I am beginning to wonder if anything fits the bill? It's all highly theoretical, but good fun smile

Girl's name is sorted as my favourite for many, many years is Dorothea and I won't be budged/he's given in.

I've seen some excellent suggestions on here before - any ideas please? My prime motivation is that I suspect he is actually serious and I'd like to find some names that won't lead to our child(ren) getting bullied the second they go to school! I also have a name no one can spell and it's dead annoying. Don't want to lumber my kids with the same.

ancientbuchanan Mon 25-Nov-13 23:31:19

Roland
Gunther
Adam
Dietrich

Sparrowghost Mon 25-Nov-13 23:31:34

Werner (pronounced verner)
Reinhardt
Hans
Erwin
Heinrich
Johann
Anton
Wolfgang
Joachim
Ambros
Falco
Einhard
Emil
Gerold
Emerich
Erkenbald/Erkenbert/Erkenfried
Gerbold
Gottbert
Gerolf
Hartlieb
Hartwig
Walter/Walther
Waldebert
Wernfried

What about names from his family tree?

ancientbuchanan Mon 25-Nov-13 23:35:04

DH points out that a) Herrmann is the oldest German name is it is really Arminius, the Roman General who was up there, and b) it goes really well with Dorothea as Goethe wrote a book called Herrmann und Dorothea.

I love Dorothea too, both English and German. My DGM was Dorothea.

Rosieliveson Mon 25-Nov-13 23:36:33

Is Erik German or old enough?

frogs Mon 25-Nov-13 23:37:09

Kaspar
Konrad
Gerhard (very old-mannish though)
Günther (ditto)
Lothar (pronounced Loh-tar)
Walther
Anton
Ferdinand
Eberhard
Bernhard (or Berndt)
Alois (very catholic/bavarian, though)
Albrecht (ditto)
Arthur
Cornelius
Constantin/Konstantin

The trouble with very Germanic names is they went out of fashion for a reason - for people born in the 30s and 40s you can pretty much tell their parents' politics from the names. So lots of the really Wagner-esque Germanic names are likely to have bad connotations in Germany.

There are some specifically north German names which manage the Germanic thing without sounding fascist - I know a Timo, Tils, Tilmann, Malik for eg.

Hardrockhallelujah Mon 25-Nov-13 23:37:21

I love Otto - my DP vetoed it for my DS unfortunately :-(

telsa Mon 25-Nov-13 23:46:24

Goetz
Heinrich
August
Erdmut
Adalbert
Clemens
Gottlieb
Botho
Ludwig

Cremolafoam Tue 26-Nov-13 00:04:49

Jürgen

Ham69 Tue 26-Nov-13 00:16:16

German boys I know;
Finn
Finlay
Oskar
Matthias
Luca
Magnus

Helmuth <very helpful>

Footle Tue 26-Nov-13 00:22:24

Try him with Detlef.

MrsTwgtwf Tue 26-Nov-13 01:05:25

Gustav.

Gobbolinothewitchscat Tue 26-Nov-13 01:43:09

Nico
Karsten
Moritz

Alarick

ArabellaBeaumaris Tue 26-Nov-13 12:14:07

Is Tassilo a German name?

TheNunsOfGavarone Tue 26-Nov-13 19:38:25

I found this site of German names by popularity from the 1890s through to the present day. Fascinating browsing!

http://www.beliebte-vornamen.de/3741-1890er-jahre.htm

StellaLuna82 Tue 26-Nov-13 20:03:11

I love Otto, it is actually on my list, although I do have one reservation - does it sound in English too much like what you might say to a child: 'otto!' when you make a mistake?

thegreylady Tue 26-Nov-13 20:13:43

My dh's cousin has dgs named Heinrich, Erich and Lukas. They are German and live in Germany.

some good suggestions; just makes me a bit edgy that you are so excited about names and its not always that straightforward to get, and stay pregnant; hope it worksout though.

HectorVector Tue 26-Nov-13 20:22:51

Jan
Otto
Peter
Hans
Uwe
Thomas
Roland
Walter
Valentin
Torben
Till
Thorsten
Florian
Lukas
Dietmar

That exhausted my knowledge of German names completely.

notquitenormal Tue 26-Nov-13 20:31:39

All of the German men I know:
Florian
Juergen
Tomas
Josef
Franz
Rainer
Ulric
Michael
Peter
Benno
Frank
Thorsten
Gero
Boris
Andre
Heiner

The youngest and nicest person is Benno smile

MummyBeerest Tue 26-Nov-13 20:46:17

OMG I love Benno!

I met a baby Hendrik the other day. Is that more Scandinavian?

Varya Tue 26-Nov-13 20:49:19

Otto
Wolfgang
Adolf
Axel
Hanz

Rumplestiltskinismyname Tue 26-Nov-13 20:54:25

Please call any child you have Lars. I love the name! It's old but cool IMO!

mellicauli Tue 26-Nov-13 21:01:03

My German grandfather was Otto Gustav Maximilian. A hefty burden for a baby to hear, I always thought!

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