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Thread: German Names in America!
June 24th, 2014 11:51 PM #11
I can't think of anyone I know with a very German sounding name except for my cousin Heidi. She's a year younger than me, and because we grew up together, I don't find the name strange for an English speaking child. (I live in Australia, btw.)
Oh, that reminds me, I do know an Ingrid, but she is an older lady who was born in Holland and came over here when she was quite young.Ebony // 19 // Australia // Professional and Creative Writing student
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June 25th, 2014 12:51 AM #13
That's interesting. I can see what you mean, people just don't always know the trends in the other country or language. My family and social circle include a lot of immigrants, who have names that are very dated or clunky- e.g. I know teenagers/young adults named Joyce, Karen, Sharon, and Eunice. A lot of their parents don't speak English very well and/or weren't aware of the connotations behind the names. This also leads to names like Genuine or Happy.
opheliaflora- What are some names commonly used in Germany today that feel very German and/or get minimal use in other countries?~Love names, literature, royals and horses~ <3
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June 25th, 2014 09:22 AM #15
June 25th, 2014 09:28 AM #17
Gemma or Rhiannon are very Australian or British or American names, they're just popular or dated in these countries. That concept I would compare to the European Elisabeth. It might me popular in Belgium or Denmark (no idea if that's actually the case) but it's quite uncommon here. I wouldn't categorize the name as German, just a variant that is used in other languages as well.
But Heidi at 88. Wow!
June 25th, 2014 09:47 AM #19
I think Wolfgang, Heidi, and Gretchen are all great names. I personally have seriously considered Wolfgang, at least as a middle name. I think maybe we like names like this because they SOUND "German" to us. The truth is, of course, that much of Europe is becoming sort of standardized in their naming, swapping names here and there, I guess. But, I think it would be a shame to lose these distinctive names altogether.
And come on, Wolfgang's just a badass name!
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