At times, a parent may be undecided on what name to give their daughter, prompting them to carry out a research. Of course, there are baby-naming books, and websites where you can find a wide collection of German female names. However, a mother will not just rush into picking any name. This post highlights some of the popular German names for girls.
Germans tend to give their children two names, apart from the surname. The German female first names don't give much importance, in fact, the second name and the surname are mostly associated with identifying a person.
Every mother when picking her daughter’s name wants something beautiful. The German girl names are known to define and shape the destiny of the young lass from an early age. Even though parents can change the names of their children, it’s very rare in Germany for such a thing to happen. Names are only changed during a marriage.
When naming girls, the German families followed a certain naming pattern.
- 1st daughter: got the maternal grandmother's name
- 2nd daughter: got the paternal grandmother’s name
- 3rd daughter: mother’s name
- 4th daughter: name of the mother of her paternal grandfather
- 5th daughter: name of the mother of her paternal grandmother
- 6th daughter: name of the mother of her maternal grandfather
- 7th daughter: name of the mother of her maternal grandmother.
Most of the times in German communities, when a child died when still in his/her infancy, the sibling following her will be given his/her name. The German first female name that is given to a child in the German community is the spiritual name, done to honor a beloved saint of the family. Many German families repeat the spiritual names, very common to find girls in one family all being called Maria.
One of the common German female names gotten from a saint is Joanna or Anna. Maria is also one of the popular female names in German. The second female names were now the native female names in Germany.
The below list shows some of the most common female names in Germany and their meanings.
- Mia: a short version of Miata, in German the name means "A reward".
- Emma: the meaning is universal/whole.
- Sofia/Sophia: the one who has great knowledge and wisdom
- Hannah/Hanna: grace or favor
- Emilia: the name means to excel, emulate or rival.
- Anna: short form of Annabell, means a loving human being
- Marie: a variant form of Mary and Maria; means sea of bitterness or wished for a child.
- Mila: a beautiful or gracious dear
- Lina: one who is delicate and tender.
- Lea/Leah: a weary or a tired person
- Lena: a short version of Helen, meaning a torch,
- Leonie: she who is like a lioness
- Amelie: a mighty and hardworking defender
- Luisa/Louisa: A famous battle maid
- Johanna: A variant form of the name Jane. Means God has shown mercy.