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German parents don't have the enormous choice of baby names you have in the USA. Strict laws and official lists limit the choice.

The name has to reflect the gender of the child (exceptions can be made for "traditional" boy/girl names like Kai and Sascha), can't be a place, brand or last name. If you want to give your child an exotic name, you have to prove that it already exists first, so no made-up names or extreme spellings.

Most Germans find American style naming a bit weird (including myself, but I'm getting a more open mind by just reading this forum every now and again).

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June 25, 2012 07:45 AM
In Response to A Nymbler Name Game

Soren (b), Ingrid (g), Magnus (b), Linnea (g), Aksel (b), Frida (g), Lars (b), Birgit (g), Erik (b)

and Kai (b).

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June 25, 2012 07:41 AM

I picked the number 20 and looked at girls names:

Favourites: Carlotta, Lorin, Meia, Phyllis, Rosaline, Sian (surprised not to find that higher up in the list), Vicki

 

Interesting finds: Alyxandria, Jonathan (for a girl), Mariaelena, Maryelizabeth, Rosio

 

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May 6, 2012 01:29 PM
In Response to Unlikely Comebacks

I can see future babies being named Clyde, Walter, Wilma and Jensie - and I actually really like the name Minerva ;)
(Been reading too much Harry Potter, I guess...)

 

 

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May 6, 2012 01:17 PM

How about...

Marlene/Marlena
Marion
Meike
Mareike
Annamarie/Annemarie
Annelie

 

 

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May 5, 2012 12:39 AM

In Germany combined names have been popular for years, but mostly in some very specific combinations, like:


Anna-Lena (or Annalena)
Ann-Kathrin (Annkathrin)
Marie-Sophie
Marie-Louise (the shortened version Malou has become a popular first name as well)

From two or three generations ago:
Liselotte
Heidemarie
Annegret

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May 4, 2012 04:10 AM
In Response to Sibling for Th3o

Josephine is a beautiful name and goes well with Theodore. I love the nickname Josie, but Jo is also cute.
Beatrice is very pretty and I like the nick name Bebe.

Other suggestions for a girl:

Madeleine (Maddie)
Charlotte (Charlie)
Francesca/Francis (Frankie/Fran)
Eleanor/Elinor (Nellie)
Olivia (Liv) - if you don't mind trendy names.
Helena/Helen (Lena) - I don't mind alliterations, if they don't sound too cartoon-y, if you know what I mean...
Heidemarie/Adelheid (Heidi)

 

I'm not a fan of your ideas for boys' names, but I quite like William in its traditional form. Not very unconventional, but lots of choice for nicknames.

Other suggestions:

Carl (no nickname, but the name itself is both old-fashioned and cute in my opinion)
Samuel (Sam)
Julius/Julian (Jules)
Adrian (Adie)
Maurice (Morrie)
Alfred (Alfie)

Hope that helps a bit. Good luck with your name search!

 




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April 14, 2012 03:38 PM

My favourites off your lists are:

Amelia, Eliza, Evelyn, Louisa, Violet, Coraline, Elaine, Martina, Simone, Stephanie

My suggestions would be:

Valerie
Lydia
Alessia (if you don't mind the double A - but you have Amelia on your list, so probably not)
Gemma
Rachel
Cosima
Carla/Carlie

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April 14, 2012 03:30 PM

From Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series:

Tally
Shay
Zane
Sussy
Az
Croy
Peris
Ho

I like the names because they don't sound too strange but unfamiliar enough to have that scifi vibe...

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April 14, 2012 03:14 PM
In Response to A Nymbler Name Game

Clay, Brooke, Levi

and

Colt

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How about Elise as an alternative to Alice?

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April 12, 2012 04:10 PM
In Response to Sister for Anneliese

To be honest it didn't even occur to me that both Ilse and Liese are variations of Elisabeth... but I can see why you would feel uncomfortable with it. Ilse is a great name, though ;)

Okay, here are some other suggestions: (btw, I got most of these from really old children's books I have lying around here ;) )

Rosemarie
Rosalie
Marion
Marianne
Heidemarie
Johanna
Marie-Louise

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April 12, 2012 03:16 PM
In Response to Sister for Anneliese

Some German that might be uncommon in the US (as if I know what's common or not in the US :P ):

Malou
Madlen
Jana
Mailin
Ilse
Marlene
Marie-Sophie
Kerstin
Maren
Nele
Gisela
Freia
Ronja
Svenja
Larissa

Hope that helps :)

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April 12, 2012 03:02 PM
In Response to Naming Baby #1

How do you pronounce Liev? Like Live or like Leave?

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April 12, 2012 12:44 AM
In Response to Siblings for Quentin?

When I hear the name Quentin I always have to think of the Lemony Snicket book series. Three of thr children (triplets) there are called Quentin, Isadora and Duncan.

(Don't know how popular the books are in the US, might be a bad idea if they are)

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April 11, 2012 02:31 PM

My favourites from your list:

Beatrice
Celia
Edith
Josephine
Viola (I like Violet more though)


My suggestions:

Coralie or Cora (as an alternative to Coraline)
Elaine
Charlotte
Vera
Cecily/Cecilia
Maisie
Minerva
Enid
Helen
Rosalie

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April 11, 2012 02:13 PM

Rose
Grace
Lydia
Elisabeth
Hazel
Imogen

 

William
Vincent
James
Thomas
Victor

Enjoy the name search :)