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    Names that work well in English and German

    Hi, my husbands family is German and we want a name that they can easily say that will still work in English (American). Does anybody know any names that would work for this? Thanks.

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    I have relatives:

    Erik
    Christoff (not sure about spelling)
    Carl

    More German:
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    Few more:
    Werner
    Ralf
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    ok, so my father's family is german (he was born in Germany and lived there for 5 years) and me and my sister are both girls, but my parents would have named me Hans if I was a boy. My dad's name is John Alexander LN and in German that translates to Johann Aleksander.
    I really think Johann would work, with the nicknames Joe, John, Johnny. But that might be too popular for you, idk.
    Other options:
    Wilhelm-William(in German it would be pronounced viel-helm)
    Sebastian
    Ohhh I also knew a German boy named Rafael

    most names will work, just might be pronounced a bit differently.
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    We also have the same bilingual problem, so I get your struggle. But just suggesting lists of names doesn't seem super efficient since you didn't really give an indication of style etc. What ''works'' in both languages is also super subjective and is based on priorities... for instance, maybe if it's a bit unintuitive in English that's fine, maybe if its uncommon in German thats fine as long as its easily pronounced etc.

    What I'd recommend is just taking a bunch of names you like regardless of language, and then going through one by one and seeing how practical they are. That'll give you an indication of what letters/sounds to avoid AND will help you see what your priorities are.

    For instance with a name like Johann as suggested above, although its familiar in both languages there are two significantly different pronunciations. Maybe that's a problem, maybe not. It's these decisions that are headache inducing but you've gotta kinda sift through them to see where you stand.

    Good luck!
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