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top German baby names 2008

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Lori73 Fri 26-Jun-09 09:48:36

A german friend just emailed me a list of top baby names in Germany in 2008, in case any one is interested!

1. Hannah/Hanna
2. Leonie/Leoni
3. Lea/Leah
4. Lena
5. Mia
6. Anna
7. Emilie/Emily
8. Lara
9. Laura
10. Sara/Sarah
11. Emma
12. Lili/Lilli/Lilly
13. Marie
14. Lina
15. Maja/Maya
16. Johanna
17. Sofie/Sophie
18. Neele/Nele
19. Sofia/Sophia
20. Amelie

1. Leon
2. Lucas/Lukas
3. Luka/Luca
4. Timm/Tim
5. Fynn/Finn
6. Luis/Louis
7. Jonas
8. Felix
9. Paul
10. Maximilian
11. Max
12. Niklas/Niclas
13. Julian
14. Ben
15. Elias
16. Jan
17. Noah
18. Moritz
19. Philip/Philipp
20. Yannik/Yannick/Yannic/Jannik

brimfull Fri 26-Jun-09 09:51:55

no Hans?

GooseyLoosey Fri 26-Jun-09 09:54:45

Most of them look just like the names that are popular here to. Shame really, I like the idea of each country retaining distinctive naming conventions.

jellybeans Fri 26-Jun-09 12:03:30

Some really nice names there.

Kotek Fri 26-Jun-09 12:59:47

No Wolfgang or Heidi either!

chaya5738 Sun 28-Jun-09 11:20:23

Oooh, those are so much nicer than the top UK list. I really like most of them.

MaggieBeau Sun 28-Jun-09 11:23:20

That's funny, only Tim and Philip catch your eye really. Oh and Johanna and Neele on the girls' list. How is Neele pronounced?! Like Neill?

GooseyLoosey, I know what you mean. The power of media/internet/movies/books. We're all tuned into the same zeitgeist at the same time. The same names sound new and appealing at the same time in Germany, Spain, England, Ireland....

chaya5738 Sun 28-Jun-09 11:26:54

I just compared the list with the UK list and they are pretty much completely different. I don't see Jack, Alfie, Jaydon, Tyler etc on the German list...

annasmami Sun 28-Jun-09 12:12:20

Neele is pronounced Neeh-le (first syllable is a long 'eh').

Jack wouldn't work in German, as the German J is pronounced like an English 'Y', so it would be Yack - not very nice grin.

hanaflower Sun 28-Jun-09 12:20:39

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

magbags Mon 29-Jun-09 11:07:38

Does anyone know how Louis would be pronounced in German? Loo-is or Loo-ee?

5inthebed Mon 29-Jun-09 11:17:54

I think it would be Loo-ee otherwise the S would be quite a strong S.

I love the name Lucas, was on my list of names for DS3.

annasmami Mon 29-Jun-09 14:35:31

Louis is pronounced with the S in German: Loo-is.

magbags Mon 29-Jun-09 14:39:38

Thanks for that, thought that might be the case.

qumquat Fri 03-Jul-09 08:52:48

I don't think it's a new thing that the names are the same, after all we're very closely related languages! Hannah, Anna, Sarah, Marie (pron. maria in German) are all biblical, and names like Laura are native to most European languages. (I'm a Laura and have met French, Spanish, German and Italian Lauras - mainly pronounced Low-rra which I love, apart from in France where they pronounce it Loraaaaaaaa, which makes me cringe!)

cory Sat 04-Jul-09 23:57:39

what qumquat says, plus a lot of common names are saints names, so they will be found in most European countries
and of the remaining a lot are traditional names, mostly borrowed from the French, at a time when French culture dominated Europe

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