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Vornamen Posted by on Aug 12, 2009 in Culture, Uncategorized

I’ve always been fascinated by German vornamen, or first names. Today we’ll look at some of the meanings and origins of German first names. If you don’t have a German name, hopefully this will inspire you to choose a German name that best represents yourself.

Anna/Anne : is a populär girl’s name. It means “grace”.

Arnold : is an altmodisch name for boys. It means “he who rules like an eagle”.

Conrad/Konrad : boy’s name meaning “bold advisor”.

Friedrich (can be shortened to Fritz) : “ruling in peace”

Heinrich : strong ruler

Ada : “nobility”

Lena : “sophisticated”

Karin : “pure”

Johannes/Yohan : “god is merciful”

Julia : has Latin origins meaning “youthful”

Maximilian : from Latin meaning “greatest”

Marie/Maria : “beloved”

Felix : “happy”, “lucky”

Charlotte : “little”, “womanly”

Some of these German names have been adopted from other cultures while others are traditionell German names.

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  1. jerryc:

    I am glad I found this blog… I am interested in many languages.. especially German … this blog gets me to practice a bit more .. Thank you for your effort

  2. Rajiva Kumar:

    Is there any site with simple german songs in karoeke format with the lyrics along ?

  3. Uri:

    Johann(es) – Jochanan – יוחנן ist Hebräisch und bedeudet: Jeho(va) chanan – Gott ist/war barmherzig

    Auch Anna – Chana – חנה und bedeudet Schoenheit und Gnade

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