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Boys names that work in English and German - help!

96 replies

indecisiveAprikose · 08/09/2023 18:49

Ideally we are looking for
Not too common (outside U.K. and German top 100)
Works in both English and German (both pronunciation and culturally ie not super dated sounding)
Two syllables

OP posts:
Olika · 08/09/2023 21:30

Tristan or Axel

JewelTheft · 08/09/2023 21:33

Joseph/ Josef
Marcus
Axel
Alex
Ivan
Simon

BlackLambAndGreyFalcon · 08/09/2023 21:36

@Bruisername the difference in the pronunciation of Andreas is quite subtle though (it's my DH's name) but yes, it'll be quite tricky to find a name which is pronounced exactly the same in both English and German!

Nodeepdiving · 08/09/2023 21:36

I doubt you'll find any that are pronounced the same in both languages, but I don't think that's what you meant?

We had a similar issue (Dutch/ English). I'd consider

Alex
Axel
Daniel
Mark
Max
Lucas
Casper
Jasper
Milan
James
Peter
Toby/ Tobias
Oscar
Otto
Noah (check it's not becoming a girls' name in Germany though, it is in the Netherlands)
Sam/Samuel
Ezra
Alexis
Albert (probs dated in Germany)
Thomas
Stefan
Nathan
Jonathan
Christopher
Ben
Elias

Good luck😊

yoshiblue · 08/09/2023 21:38

Florian

Wigglypasta · 08/09/2023 21:39

Thomas

SpruceMoose · 08/09/2023 21:40

Our oldest is Nico. Not common in UK but quite popular in Germany.

2019ggg · 08/09/2023 21:41

Casper? I know two Caspers, and both have German mothers!

Bruisername · 08/09/2023 21:42

We have an Andreas in the family - nicknamed andi - my kids picked up the difference in pronunciation pretty quickly and asked why he was called ‘undi(es)’

as an English ear it is the vowels that are more marginally different. Other names it is a hard consonant where it is otherwise soft

Bruisername · 08/09/2023 21:43

I guess I just think you should pick the name you like and not worry too much about the other pronunciation

ShoesoftheWorld · 08/09/2023 21:44

Even names that you think are pronounced the same sound distinctly different in reality, just because of the different sounds of vowels etc. (and then there's what Germans do with a name once they realise there's English heritage involved). I think the only name that's been suggested that's pronounced just about the same is possibly Anton.

The 'jokey' suggestion upthread really isn't funny, btw. As a naturalised German I'm actually quite offended.

Bigbus · 08/09/2023 21:45

I think Anton is lovely and looks really nice written down

Anni1234 · 08/09/2023 21:49

Axel, Kasper, Otto, Felix

Menomave · 08/09/2023 21:49

My daughter was in school with a boy called Torme (TOR-May) which apparently was German. That was the rumour anyway

Bruisername · 08/09/2023 21:52

i think it also depends on whether the surname will be German or other and where you will be living

I remember sil laughing about Kevin being so popular in Germany a while back but she pronounced it differently

ShoesoftheWorld · 08/09/2023 21:54

If Torme was German he'd probably be Tor-muh. Pronounced like that it sounds a bit North German. A bit like Torben. (But why was there a 'rumour' about his nationality?)

Mushroom2023 · 08/09/2023 21:55

Thomas also works in both countries.

Bookish88 · 08/09/2023 21:56

Thomas

applecatchers36 · 08/09/2023 22:03

Alexander
Florian
Otto
Oliver
Felix

EineReiseDurchDieZeit · 08/09/2023 22:19

Jonas

indecisiveAprikose · 08/09/2023 22:23

ShoesoftheWorld · 08/09/2023 21:44

Even names that you think are pronounced the same sound distinctly different in reality, just because of the different sounds of vowels etc. (and then there's what Germans do with a name once they realise there's English heritage involved). I think the only name that's been suggested that's pronounced just about the same is possibly Anton.

The 'jokey' suggestion upthread really isn't funny, btw. As a naturalised German I'm actually quite offended.

Slightly different pronunciation is ok, our daughter's name sounds slightly different in the two languages.

It's when it sounds it weird, difficult to pronounce or getting lost in translation that I'm trying to avoid. For example, I really like the Jude in English but it doesn't work in German. Same when naming our daughter I liked Lila but it obviously doesn't work in German. Also names that sound cool in English like Otto can actually seem quite odd and old fashioned in German or vice versa.

Ultimately we live here so it working here is most important but we are a two language household and visit Germany often to see family so do need to think this through haha.

OP posts:
indecisiveAprikose · 08/09/2023 22:23

*the name Jude

OP posts:
ŁadnaPogoda · 08/09/2023 22:26

Christian
Peter
Peer
Cord
August

S72 · 08/09/2023 22:26

Stefan
Johannes
Tobias
Walter
Wolfgang
Andreas
Anton
Christof
Claus/Klaus
Georg
Florian

Bruisername · 08/09/2023 22:31

I personally would avoid an overtly German name if you have a German surname.

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