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  1. #1
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    Old German Names?

    My family is German and my grandmother came to Australia by boat after the World War II. I'd really love to honour some of the women in my family. Personally, I don't really like many of our family names, from this side. But I was hoping if you Berries good help me maybe find some jems amongst the unattractive ones! aha. Even if they're a stretch in relation.
    Here's the list:
    Irmgard - It's alright, I can only see Irma as a possibility.
    Ursula - I dislike this!
    Else pronounced El-sie
    Margarethe
    Antonia - My favourite out of the names I found so far.
    I'm also open to any ideas of any pretty german girls names besides the common ones used now. Just not Gertrude or Brunhilda! aha.
    I'm doing family history searches so I may post them as well, later on.
    Thank you!

    'Jess' Jessica Emily Faith
    Living down under...
    Australian/German/South African/Scottish/English/Irish/Romani
    Elsa: Mystical, magical, completely unique, baffling and all her own

    Ronan: Spicy, little boys wearing plaid shirts, running around in kneeless jeans, playing in the mud and being mischievous.
    Other considerations
    Mary Belle - Conrad - Elaina/Elena? - Jonas

  2. #3
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    I also have German heritage (Austrian actually - but obviously the language is the same).

    Names from my family tree that I love are:
    Margarethe - nn Greta
    Charlotte - nn Lotta (to reflect the German pronunciation)

    Valerie is also an oft used name in my family tree, but not one that I am particularly fond of.

  3. #5
    I don't have any German heritage that I know of but here is some names that might work:

    Albina/Albine
    Aleida
    Astrid
    Cara
    Felicie
    Hanna
    Heidi
    Ilsa/Ilse
    Ingrid
    Katja
    Liesel
    Lisbeth
    Lore
    Luzia
    Odilie/Ottilie
    Sascha
    Saskia
    Senta
    Yvonne
    Zella
    Ziska
    Zita



    There is more in the German section on behindthename


    Liv, an 18 year old with a love for naming and name etymology.

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    Girls: Eleanor, Louisa, Freya, Mia, Yvaine, Hazel, Pearl, Ruby, and Evie.

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  4. #7
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    Oh fun! I am German!

    Some traditional German names that could work:

    Cornelia
    Sabine
    Bea
    Ingrid
    Rosemarie
    Ida
    Elsa
    Frida
    Marta


    This site is in German only, but you'll find a bunch of German names from different decades, if you click through (on the right-hand side column, called "Jahrzehnte"):

    http://www.beliebte-vornamen.de/jahrgang/j1890

    Anyway, good luck!

  5. #9
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    Oooh, I love all the suggestions on this thread! My dad's traced traced our family tree back to the 1600s in Germany/the Black Forest, so German culture always fascinates me. Some of my favorite German names are Johanna, Emmeline (not sure if this is German or not, but I've heard it is!), Greta (I like this better on its own than any of the fuller ways to get it, like Margaret and such), and Clara/Klara.

    I'm trying to remember the names on my German side, but I'm not sure I remember too many. There were a lot of Claras, Annas, and Katerinas (not sure of the proper German spelling)... If I have time I might go look it up a bit later, and leave a few more suggestions.

    Good luck!
    Ashley
    twenty-something namenerd and aspiring novelist

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