Lieblingsnamen in Deutschland (Favorite names in Germany) DEF

This is a list of my favorite names from my country, Deutschland. We have many lovely names that are not commonly used on Nameberry and I would like to introduce some to the Nameberry Members.
  1. Dagmar
    • Origin:

      Norse
    • Meaning:

      "Day maiden"
    • Description:

      This royal Danish name has long been used across Scandinavia, Germany and Slavic countries and somewhat in the US around the turn of the last century --it was #622 in 1888. There were two notable silent screen stars named Dagmar, one with Polish, the other with Danish roots.
  2. Della
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Adela, Adele or Adelaide
    • Meaning:

      "noble"
    • Description:

      Fresh, bright, and sunny, Della could be an alternative to Ella, Delilah, or Adeline. Familiar but not yet overused, it combines the elements of contemporary favorites with vintage charm.
  3. Dereck
    • Origin:

      English from German, variation of Derek
    • Meaning:

      "the people's ruler"
    • Description:

      80s sensation Derek brought several spelling variations along for the ride, including Derick, Derrick, and Dereck. While this spelling fell off the charts in in '93, it has now recently resurfaced in 2023 after rising a whopping 238 places.
  4. Dietrich
    • Origin:

      German
    • Meaning:

      "ruler of the people"
    • Description:

      This form of Theodoric, familiar via Marlene, is a possible German import. It is an Anglicized ancestor of Derek and all its variations. A noted bearer was acclaimed classical German baritone and conductor Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and there have been Dietrichs in Henry James's The Princess Casamassima,/em and more recently on the TV show Psych.
  5. Darek
    • Didrika
      • Drugi
        • Earnest
          • Edda
            • Origin:

              Norse
            • Meaning:

              "poetry"
            • Description:

              This Old Norse girl name has a lovely meaning and a familiar yet distinctive sound.
          • Edel
            • Origin:

              German
            • Meaning:

              "noble"
            • Description:

              Rarely used independently, it's more often the start of a multisyllabic German mouthful.
          • Elfrida
            • Origin:

              English
            • Meaning:

              "elf power"
            • Description:

              The name of the mother of Aethelred the Unready was once common among the Anglo-Saxon nobility, and was briefly revived during the 19th century, only to be lost once again to history.
          • Elsje
            • Emerson
              • Origin:

                English
              • Meaning:

                "son of Emery"
              • Description:

                Emerson is a dignified, somewhat serious name associated with transcendental thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson. Much more popular now for girls since Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher used it for her daughter, it is definitely still a viable boys name.
            • Emil
              • Origin:

                Latin
              • Meaning:

                "rival"
              • Description:

                In the US, the preferred boys' spin on the mega-popular Emily and Emma is Emmett, but in much of Europe it's Emil. As Emmett gets trendier in the US, parents in search of a more unusual Em name may look to Emil.
            • Emma
              • Origin:

                German
              • Meaning:

                "universal"
              • Description:

                Emma has now been among the top girl names in the United States for several years, claiming the Number 1 crown in 2008 and again from 2015 to 2018 before dropping back to second place.
            • Eugen
              • Eadaion
                • Einhard
                  • Englebert
                    • Engleberta