Old fashioned German boys' names?

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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.

zenoushka Thu 06-Feb-14 00:49:41


HanSolo Wed 05-Feb-14 21:16:23

Ooh- I thought of Lohengrin earlier! Son of Parzifal... very old name.
I cannot stop hearing Wagner playing in my head now <sigh>

Inaminutenow Wed 05-Feb-14 20:48:42


HoneyandRum Wed 05-Feb-14 20:40:32

My DD had a Henning in her class (we are in Germany) who was a great kid - she had quite a crush on him and I don't blame her.

German boys we know:
Maximillian (Maxi)

HanSolo Wed 05-Feb-14 00:44:21


OpalQuartz Wed 05-Feb-14 00:27:54

A family member has a baby Hans. smile (They live in the US though)

MaKettle Tue 04-Feb-14 23:07:42


Yay4may Tue 04-Feb-14 22:54:19

Someone way back in the thread had Henning. Love this!!

tammytoby Tue 04-Feb-14 22:23:45

"Christoph, Markus, Kai ......?"

I wouldn't call those old fashioned. They are very much the age 30-40 generation.

Old fashioned German names are Otto, Wolfram, Heinrich, Walter, Dietmar, Franz, Friedrich etc.

pressingbuttons Tue 04-Feb-14 18:24:49

Christoph, Markus, Wolfgang, Kai ......?

badtime Mon 02-Dec-13 21:51:03

My favourites are (the very old) Albrecht and Waldemar.

(I know Waldemar is more common in Poland these days, but it is originally German)

Mushypeasandchipstogo Mon 02-Dec-13 20:58:56

My grandfather was Johann Jogar but I like the names of Werner or Lucas.

Frikadellen Wed 27-Nov-13 22:26:46

Hans Christian

Or have a look here

family tree of german royals ALL dead :)

Ilovekittyelise Wed 27-Nov-13 21:08:34

sorry i re read and realised it might sound a bit negativeand i realise its just lighthearted and a fun and exciting time, a close friend of mine has had a long journey which makes me not want others to go through all the hope and sadness she has (which is extremely unlikely!)

TheNunsOfGavarone Wed 27-Nov-13 20:38:05

racks brains to think of why that might be.

The trend for Adolf is quite interesting in the German boys name site I linked (or tried to link above). It seems to have peaked in popularity in the 1890s and 1900s but by the time of Hitler's rise to power it struggles to make the top 30. From there it falls off a cliff halfway through the war, hopefully never to rise again. It's very hard to look at it objectively - I don't think it's a very nice name and certainly not when compared with some of the wonderful names suggested on this thread, but is that because of the inextricable link with Hitler?

One dodgy name that was almost constantly at the top in the 20s and 30s is Horst. But so was the inoffensive sounding (to me at least) Hans, which seems to be completely out of fashion now. Did Hans acquire something of a Nazi aura or is it just an unglamorous old man's name equivalent to Norman or Ronald in this country?

interregnum Wed 27-Nov-13 14:42:34

Can't believe Varya suggested Adolf, sure there was a reason that name
fell out of favour.

Weegiemum Wed 27-Nov-13 14:38:13

My dh is from an english/German family.

Family names (including his) are Peter, Paul, Jurgen, Hans, Heinz, Gunther.

BanjoPlayingTiger Wed 27-Nov-13 14:36:58

What about Augustus?

Catzenobia Wed 27-Nov-13 14:32:16

I have an Otto. Think it is a fantastic name and according to my German friend v v old-fashioned, but it suits DS.

TinyTear Wed 27-Nov-13 08:48:39

a friend of mine has a Ludwig

mrswarbouys Wed 27-Nov-13 08:43:27


abear Wed 27-Nov-13 08:29:57


celestialsquirrels Wed 27-Nov-13 08:21:57


EspressoMonkey Wed 27-Nov-13 07:52:23


strongsinglemumlookingforfun Tue 26-Nov-13 22:58:10

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