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German Names for Boys

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German names for boys include many males names that rank solidly in the US: Charles and William, Henry and Richard, Louis and Robert.
Along with Charles and Henry, the top German boy names in the US Top 500 today include Axel, Emerson, Emmett, Everett, Harrison, Justus, Leo, Milo, Ryker, and Walter.

The top boy names in Germany include both those popular throughout Europe and North America, such as Ben, Finn, and Noah, as well as the high-ranking names Emile and Moritz.The German popularity list also includes some short forms particular to Germany, such as Till, a German short form of Dietrich or Theodoric, and Fiete, a diminutive for Friedrich or Frederick.

Many of the unusual German boy names here started life as surnames, and with surname-names fashionable for baby boys, you may find a German name on your family tree that can be adapted as a first.

Some selections on this list that work perfectly: Adler, Barrett, Kiefer, Romer, and Wagner.Unique German boy names to watch include Amory, Ansel, Benno, Boden, Hugo, Leopold, Luther, Otis, Otto, Roland, Walden, Wilbur, and Wolf.

You can explore the complete roster of German boy names on Nameberry on this page.The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity.Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

You may also want to browse our list of German girl names.
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Top German Names for Boys

  • Henry

    Henry was derived from the French Henri, which ultimately comes from the Germanic name Heimrich, made up of the components heim, meaning “home” or “estate,” and rich, meaning... Read More 

  • Leo

    Leo was derived from the Latin leo, meaning “lion.” Thirteen popes have carried the name, including St. Leo the Great. In Germanic languages, Leo has historically been used as a nickname... Read More 

  • Charles

    Charles derives from the Germanic name Karl, meaning "man" or "freeman", and is a royal name in multiple European countries. A famous early bearer is Charlemagne, King of the Franks and Lombards... Read More 

  • Robert

    Robert was derived from the ancient Germanic name Hrodebert, from the elements hrod, meaning “fame” and bertha, “bright.” Robert was the name of three kings of Scotland,... Read More 

  • Axel

    Axel is the perfect heavy metal rock name, thanks to Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose (born William). Axel is a popular Scandinavian form of the Biblical Absalom, who was a son of King David, and is the... Read More 

  • Everett

    Everett is a statesmanlike, wintry New England name whose recent leap in popularity can be credited to its similarity to trendy girls’ names such as... Read More 

  • Emmett

    Emmett, honest and sincere, laid-back and creative, is on the rise as a male cognate of the megapopular Emma and Emily, not to mention being a character in the popular Twilight series. ... Read More 

  • Luis

    Luis has long been one of the most popular Hispanic names in America -- it was in the Top 100 every year from 1980 to 2014, though it's dropped a bit in popularity. It's familiar, yet would add an... Read More 

  • Ryker

    As a stylish name, Ryker has three big things going for it: its Ry beginning (as in Riley, Ryder, and Rylan), its two-syllable rhythm, and its er ending. A nice surprise for many is it's "rich"... Read More 

  • Max

    Max was derived from Maximilian, a Latin name that originated from the Roman family name Maximus. The character name Max in the children's classic Where the Wild Things Are had an impact... Read More