German First Names Lexicon 2
This is the Part 2 of our lexicon of German first names. Click on a hyperlinked name to learn more about its meaning and origins.
|German First Names - Vornamen
Symbols used: f. (feminine), m. (masculine), Gr. (Greek), Lat. (Latin), OHG (Old High German), Sp. (Spanish).
The gender of names is only indicated in cases where that may not be obvious.
|Berthold, Bertold, Bertolt
from OHG Berhtwald: beraht (splendid) + waltan (rule)
from OHG Erkenbald
|Balder, Baldur m.
From Baldr, Germanic god of light and fertility
fam. form of Berthold
from Lat. Arminius (Hermann), who defeated the Romans in Germania in 9 A.D.
from OHG bald (bold) + wini (friend). Related to Engl. Baldwin, Fren. Badouin
from Norwegian, Swedish (bear)
|Arnd, Arndt, Arno m.
Along with Kaspar and Melchior, one the three Wise Men (Heilige Drei Könige)
|Bodo, Boto, Botho m.
from OHG boto (messenger)
See comments below.
from Slavic, Russian
|Arnold: A very old German male name from OHG arn (eagle) + waltan (to rule) = "he who rules like an eagle." Popular during the Middle Ages, the name later fell out of favor but returned in the 1800s. Famous Arnolds include: German author Arnold Zweig, Austrian composer Arnold Schönberg, and Austrian-American film actor/director and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.|
|Arnulf||Beate, Beate f.
from Lat. beatus, happy. Popular German name in the 1960s and '70s.
|Brigitte, Brigitta, Birgitta
Celtic name: "sublime one"
from Engl. Arthur
related to Beate (above)
old German name meaning "brown (bear)"
Made famous by Asta Nielsen.
|Benno, Bernd m.
short form of Bernhard
from OHG burg (castle) + harti (hard)
The c spelling of this form of Charles has been popular in German. See Karl.
from Lat. Augustus
short form of names starting or ending with -bert
Related to Charles/Karl. Made popular by Queen Sophie Charlotte, for whom Berlin's Charlottenburg Palace is named.
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