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Wow, I didn't know that Wilhelm and Margarethe have been revived as well! I wonder if I'm just not up to speed there or if it's a regional thing within Germany. I live near Munich, but I just moved here a year ago for work and almost everyone in my social environment here is between 20 and 40 years old, but I don't really know any children, so couldn't possible say anything about current naming trends here. I'm originally from NRW and I can see that many people there are starting to use old fashioned names again. However I've never met a Wilhelm (Willi) for example! To me that's still in the -rather stuffy- category tbh. I somehow just cannot picture it on a little baby boy, but that would probably change once I met one or two or three
Honouring both grandmothers with one name would be a great option, because I couldn't possibly choose. With my grandfathers it'd be easier, as one of them is still alive while the other one passed away when I was only 7. It would feel like I honour him to remember him by and not like I'm picking one over the other. L(o)uise is fantastic! It's a middle name that works with many names AND it honours both my grandmothers...it's a great suggestion, thank you!
Do you think Francesca would work on a German baby? I like the name a lot, but somehow feel like a Francesca needs to be Italian or at least have Italian roots
I think Eleonora is the most comfortable German equivalent. I've never met an Eleanor here. I just met one in Austria many years back, but she was from the UK and at that time I also thought that name was rather stuffy. Anyways, one of my colleagues at work is named Eleonora and while I think it's very beautiful, I think I'd still go with Eleanor.
I completely agree with you that Germany (and other countries too) pick up on trends in English speaking countries. I guess you're right that even though Eleanor (and its German pronounciation, which I don't really care for) may seem stuffy now, but it could just become another trend over here as well. Our top 50 is full of names like Emma, Matilda, Greta, Ida and Frieda - names, which, up until a few years ago were in the same category that Eleanor still is. My cousin's name is Frieda and I remember that when she was born 13 years ago it took all of us a while to get used to the name and most people thought it was somewhat a grandma name. Now it's a big trend. Although somehow I hope that it doesn't happen to Eleanor! I'm a bit torn there. On one hand I want people to share my excitement for the name and see its beauty, rather than think it's old fashioned, but on the other hand I LOVE that it's not popular here! I've never met an Eleanor here. And I would hate if by the time I get to name an actual baby that, the playgrounds are full of little Eleanors. That would somehow take a bit of its magic away for me...if that makes any sense at all. I don't care that it's popular in other countries, but I like that it'd be special here.
I think I would use Eleanor as is! I do like many of its possible variants, but Eleanor is by far my favorite. I was a bit skeptical at first as to whether people in Germany would be able to go with the pronounciation I prefer rather than the way Germans would intuitively pronounce the way, but I think that it shouldn't be too much of an issue
yes the first one is Hilke! Did you mean Hilke is somehow related to Beatrix or was that a different name? Because I LOVE that name and it would be a super big plus if it was in any way related to my mothers name!
thank you so much for all of these suggestions!! I didn't know there were sooo many options. I was trying to come up with a few names, most of which I didn't like. But apparently the list is much much longer than I had expected.
I've always loved the name Matilda / Mathilda and I love that it has a similar meaning to Hildegard! Would definitely be a front runner, except that my best friend has already claimed the name haha! She isn't expecting yet either so could change her mind up until then, but I couldn't use it knowing it's what she would want to name her daughter one day.
I also quite like Elisa / Eliza, Isabelle, Freya, Marlissa, Charlotte and Carlotta. I think my family would love it if I named a baby after my grandpa, Abbe, because he passed away way too soon. A subtle connection shared through the same meaning would be lovely. I like all the Adele / Adelaide / Adelina names, but I think the one I love the most is Alice.
thank you for the great ideas
I don't know a lot about names, so I think many others will be able to give you a better insight than me. I really do like it, though. I think it's a beautiful name. My first association is Serena from Gossip Girl. She was my favourite character on the show, so it's a goo association for me. I picture a tall and pretty girl with blonde, wavy hair (= Blake Lively) ;) I'd also say it ages quite well. I could totally picture it on a child, a professional or a grandma!
as this is just for fun anyway I'll ignore my cultural background and therefore the fact that the names I pick would have to work in Germany.
girl - mathilda
I don't have any kids yet and I'm still far from having any, but I think if I had a child now I would name a girl Mathilda and a boy Julian.
I would have been either Frederic or Benedict, with a tendency towards the name Frederic (or Frederik, not sure if they would have spelt it with a c or k). I would have preferred Benedict, though, because there's a tradition on my father's side of the family that each first born son gets the middle name Franz (it was my great grandfathers name and was passed onto my grandpa and dad as middle names). My last name also starts with an F so my name would have been Frederic Franz F - FFF
my name is Dajana (pronounced da-YAH-na) and I hated my name growing up. It's a very unique name in Germany, I've only ever met one other girl with my name. Now I like it. I like that it's uncommon and I actually started to think it's pretty. The only annoying part about it is that I have to spell it ALL. THE. TIME. When people hear my name they intuitively spell it Diana. The name Diana is not very rare here, but also not THAT common, but we pronounce it DEE-ah-na. So when people here my name da-YAH-na, they think my name's the English Diana and not the German DEE-ah-na. But I've also gotten other creative spellings like Dijana or Dayana (which is funny, because the German J is pronounced like the Y in English. So Dajana would be the intuitive spelling for a German - it's really written the exact same way it is pronounced and yet people mess it up and add letters that would be used in different languages but not German). But I've gotten used to it and actually the name Jana (Yah-na) is very common here, so I always just say "like Jana with Da in front of it"
by the way I think you guys are doing an AMAZING job here!! I was on another (German) forum once and geez...people were harsh and kinda rude too... but people here seem to be so friendly and helpful