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  1. #1
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    German AND Scandanavian names

    Anyone know any names that have both German and Scandinavian roots?

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    Re: German AND Scandanavian names

    There are lots:
    http://www.behindthename.com/nmc/ger.php
    That is behind the names list for German names. Many of the names also have Scandinavian listed as an origin.
    My personal favorites are Andreas, Alexander, Felix, Jonas, Otto, Charlotte and Sylvia, but there are lots of other great names.
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    You can also look at Behind The Name's list of Scandanavian names here: http://www.behindthename.com/names/usage/scandinavian
    There are way too many for me to just compile a list, but I have seen lots of the names here listed as Scandanavian (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish Icelandic & Norse) and also German. A little history lesson for you: the reason why they share so many names is that a good portion of Scandanavian & German names are Germanic in origin. The ancient Germanic people group inhabited land in both Germany and many Scandanavian countries and because the Germanic people all spoke the same language, you get lots of shared names.

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    Emily • Nineteen • United States
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    If you look at 'German names' (for example) on Behind the Name it shows you names that are in use in Germany, not necessarily names with Germanic roots. E.g. Andreas and Alexander have Greek roots, not Germanic, Felix is Latin, Jonas is Greek from Hebrew etc.

    Scandinavia is Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The Nordic countries are Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Finland is completely different. The closest living language to Finnish is Estonian, it's a whole other kettle of fish.

    But yes, Scandinavians and Germans have shared ancestors, and they both speak Germanic languages. The group of people that spoke the original Germanic language split into North Germanic, sometimes called the Nordic languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic and Faroese), West Germanic (English, German, Dutch and a few others) and East Germanic (now extinct). So there is a ton of overlap between the West Germanic and North Germanic languages. It doesn't really make sense to say that the name Harald, for example, has "both German and Scandinavian roots". Rather it has Germanic roots, as do the Scandinavian languages and modern German.

    So some boy's names with Germanic roots that are still used in both Germany and Scandinavia:

    Albert
    Alfred
    Bernhard
    Björn
    Carl / Karl
    Erik
    Gustav / Gustaf
    Harald
    Helge
    Henrik
    Ingolf
    Knut
    Konrad
    Lars
    Lennart
    Olaf
    Otto
    Ralf / Ralph
    Robert
    Rolf
    Rudolf
    Sigmund
    Sven
    Thorsten / Torsten
    Waldemar / Valdemar
    Walter / Valter
    Werner / Verner
    Last edited by jackal; April 20th, 2014 at 07:16 PM.
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