Germanic Names

Male Names
  • Albert (French) - Noble and famous [English, French and Polish speaking countries]

    Albert was a fairly common name in England in the Middle Ages, but later fell out of favor and was not revived until the nineteenth century. Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was the husband of Queen Victoria; Prince Albert was the main reason this name ca

  • Alberto (Germanic) - Noble + bright, famous [English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries]

    Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of Albert.

    The name is borne by former President of Peru Alberto Fujimori, who is currently on trial for human rights abuses and charges of corruption. Other bearers include former US Attorney-General A

  • Aldo (Germanic) - Old; elder [English, German, Italian and Spanish speaking countries]

    Male equivalent of Alda. From the Germanic element 'ald', 'old'.

  • Alonzo (Germanic) - Noble and ready/prompt; all struggle [English speaking countries]

    English version of the Spanish Alonso.

  • Armando (Germanic) - Man in the army. [English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries]

    Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of Hermann.

    The name is borne by Scottish comedian Armando Iannucci.

  • Arnold (Germanic) - Powerful eagle [Dutch, English and German speaking countries]

    From the Germanic elements 'arn' (eagle) and 'wald' (power, strength).

    Saint Arnold is said to have been a zither player and a member of the court of Charlemagne.

  • Bernard (Germanic) - Bear brave; brave like a bear [Dutch, English, German and Polish speaking countries]

    There have been various saints named Bernard. The St Bernard dogs are named for St Bernard of Menthon who established a hospice on what is now known as the St Bernard Pass. This is the pass over the Pennine Alps of Switzerland and Italy. The dogs were use

  • Bernardo (Germanic) - Bear brave; brave like a bear [English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries]

    Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Bernard.

  • Bert (Germanic) - Bright [Dutch, English and Polish speaking countries]

    Often used as a nickname for names containing -bert-. It is the name of a saint as well as the name of a character in Sesame Street.

  • Brantley (Germanic) - Sword [English speaking countries]

    Anglicized spelling of Swiss German Brändle and Brändli, topographic names for someone who lived near a place where there had been a forest fire or in an area of town that had been burned down. It has also been used in the Midlands of the UK as a surname

  • Bruno (Germanic) - Armour; brown; shining [English and German speaking countries]

    In origin a Germanic name derived from the Gothic 'brunjô', 'armour'. Aside from this the interpretation 'brown' is too among the possibilities. Sometimes the name is associated with the element 'bert', 'shining'.

    Saint Bruno was the found

  • Carl (German) - Man [English and German speaking countries]

    Old fashioned German spelling variant of Karl.

  • Chadrick (English) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    Name composed of the Old-English element 'ceadda' and the Germanic 'rijk'. The latter is one of the most common Germanic name elements and has been associated with 'powerful, might' but the meaning of 'ceadda' is uncertain.

  • Charles (Germanic) - Free man [English and French speaking countries]

    From the Germanic word karl meaning "free man", akin to Old English ceorl "man".
    Charles is the French form of the name. There have been ten French kings named Charles, including Charlemagne (Charles the Great). Under Charlemagne's rule the Frankis

  • Conrad (Germanic) - Experienced advisor [English and German speaking countries]

    Conrad is Lord Byron's wily Greek pirate in "The Corsair" (1814).
    It is also the name of a minor character in Shakespeare's play "Much Ado About Nothing."

    There have been five German kings named Conrad, and several saints.

  • Delbert (Germanic) - N/A [English speaking countries]
  • Dillon (Welsh) - N/A [English speaking countries]
  • Elmer (Germanic) - Noble and famous [English speaking countries]

    Transferred use of the surname originating from the Old English elements for "noble" and "famous".

    It may also be from the Medieval French name Aylmer, or a modification of Elmo, popularized in the 19th century by Augusta Jane Evans' novel

  • Emery (German) - Work and ruler [English speaking countries]

    English variant of the Old French Aimeri, a name derived from the Old High German Amalrich (work ruler), a compound name composed of the elements amal (work) and rich (ruler, king).

  • Ernest (Germanic) - Earnest, serious [English speaking countries]

    Cognate of the Germanic Ernst, the name was introduced to England in the 18th century following the coronation of George I (1660-1727), the "German King". George III's son Ernest Augustus, was the first of five Kings of Hanover to hold the name. Ernest Au

  • Erwin (Germanic) - Uncertain, possibly friend of the army [Dutch, English and German speaking countries]

    There are several different etymologies concerning the name Erwin. It is often seen as an evolution of the Old High German Herwin (friend of the army), which is a compounding of the elements heri (army) and wine (friend).
    It could also be a form o

  • Federico (German) - Peaceful ruler; peace-keeper [English and Italian speaking countries]
  • Fernando (Spanish) - Intelligent and brave [English and Spanish speaking countries]

    Famous bearers of this Spanish form of Ferdinand include Formula One driver Fernando Alonso, Chilean tennis player Fernando González and poet Fernando Pessoa.

    'Fernando' is also the name of a song by the Swedish pop band ABBA.

  • Frederick (Germanic) - Peaceful ruler; peace-keeper [English speaking countries]
  • Geoffrey (Germanic) - God's peace [English speaking countries]

    From the Old French form of the Germanic name, Geoffroy, meaning "God's peace".

    Geoffrey may also be derived from Germanic elements meaning "peaceful place," "peaceful traveler," or "pledge of peace."

  • Gerald (Germanic) - Spear ruler [English speaking countries]

    Gerald Ford was the 38th President of United States of America. He became President following the resignation of Richard Nixon. President Ford was adopted as a boy; his birth name was Leslie Lynch King Jr.

    There have been various saints nam

  • Gilbert (Germanic) - Bright oath [English speaking countries]

    William Gilbert was an Elizabethan physician and scientist who investigated electricity and magnetism. WS Gilbert was one half of the opera creating duo Gilbert and Sullivan. He was a librettist or lyricist. Gilbert and George are a pair of modern artists

  • Gilberto (Germanic) - Bright oath [English and Spanish speaking countries]
  • Gonzalo (Spanish) - Fight; combat [English and Spanish speaking countries]
  • Henry (Germanic) - Home ruler [English speaking countries]

    Henry is an anglicized form of the Germanic name Heinrich or Heimrich. Henry has remained popular throughout history evidenced by the fact that rulers from Britain, France and Germany have all carried it. The name Henry has also figured prominently in A

  • Herbert (German) - Bright army [English and Polish speaking countries]

    Famous Herberts include: 31st US President Herbert Clark Hoover and 41st US President George Herbert Walker Bush. Herbert is also found frequently as a surname.

    Cartoons Family Guy and South Park both have characters with this name: the eld

  • Heriberto (German) - Bright army; bright warrior [English and Spanish speaking countries]
  • Herman (Germanic) - Man in the army [English speaking countries]
  • Hugh (Germanic) - Mind, heart or spirit [English speaking countries]

    Hugh was a name of several medieval rulers. There were six Dukes of Burgundy named Hugh, four Counts of Angolême, 4 kings of Cyprus and 13 of Lusignan. Several of the Hughs of Lusignan (Lusignan is a town close to Poitiers in France) were also kings of Cy

  • Karl (Germanic) - Free man [English and German speaking countries]
  • Keifer (German) - Barrel-maker; forest-dweller; glutton [English speaking countries]

    Occupational surname given to those who were in the employment of making barrels. It was also a name used to describe someone who was a glutton.

    Keifer Sutherland is a famous American actor.

  • Kiefer (German) - Barrel-maker; forest-dweller; glutton [English speaking countries]

    Occupational surname given to those who were in the employment of making barrels. It was also a name used to describe someone who was a glutton.

  • Kiel (Germanic) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    Often seen as an alternative spelling to the traditional Kyle, Kiel is, in fact, of a different line of etymology. Of unknown meaning, Kiel is a surname of Germanic origin which is derived from the town of the same name in Saxony.

  • Konrad (Germanic) - Experienced advisor [Czech, English, German, Hungarian and Polish speaking countries]
  • Leonard (Germanic) - Strong as the lion [English, German and Polish speaking countries]

    St. Leonard of Noblac is the patron saint of birthing mothers, prisoners and the mentally ill.

    Other famous Leonards include singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, composer Leonard Bernstein and actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in 'Star Trek

  • Leonardo (Germanic) - Strong as the lion [English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries]

    Famous bearers include Italian Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci - most famous for his painting the 'Mona Lisa' but also a skilled architect, inventor, scientist, musician and writer. It's more recent popularity may be attributed to actor Leonardo Di

  • Louis (Germanic) - Fame and war [English and French speaking countries]

    Louis is a traditional and still very popular French name related to Clovis and Ludovic.
    The Germanic Chlodowig, derived from 'hold' ("glory, fame") and 'wig' ("warrior), was simplified to Clovis. The Latin form of Clovis became Clodovico, which ga

  • Luther (Germanic) - People army [English and German speaking countries]
  • Miles (Germanic) - Uncertain, perhaps peaceful [English speaking countries]

    Brought to England with the Norman conquest, maybe via the French form Milon, Miles is of uncertain derivation.

    It might be derived from Milon, French form Milo, which is possibly of Germanic origin or from a Greek and Roman personal name.

  • Milo (Germanic) - Uncertain, perhaps peaceful [English speaking countries]

    The name Milo is of uncertain derivation.

    Of Germanic origin, adopted by the French as Milon, and established in English-speaking countries as Miles.

    Milo might come from the German 'mild' (mild, peaceful, calm), which is d

  • Norman (Gaelic) - Thor mind, Thor courage [English speaking countries]

    It is also used as an anglicisati

  • Oliver (French) - Elf army [English speaking countries]

    From the French Olivier, believed to be an old French version of the Germanic name Alfihar. The name is also associated with the olive tree and therefore peace. Oliver was the 173rd most popular boy's name in the US in 2006, but the third most popular i

  • Ramiro (Germanic) - Powerful in battle, powerful in army [English and Spanish speaking countries]

    Ramiro is ancient and Tuetonic in origin. The surname Ramirez derives from the name Ramiro. The meaning is derivative from Ramiro, a Spanish martial who served under King Leovigild of the Visigoths.

  • Randall (Germanic) - Shield rim [English speaking countries]

    Randall Flagg is a fictional character created by Stephen King in his nine part 'Dark Tower' series.

    Randall is commonly found as a surname.

  • Randell (Germanic) - Shield rim [English speaking countries]
  • Raymond (Germanic) - Advice; decision protector [English and French speaking countries]

    Raymond was the name of seven Counts of Toulouse, up until the 13th century.

    Raymond Poincaré was a French politician, who was President of France during the First World War. Raymond Chandler was an author.

    'Everybody loves

  • Reinaldo (Germanic) - Ruler with counsel [English, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries]
  • Ricardo (French) - Strong power; hardy power [English, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries]
  • Richard (French) - Strong power; hardy power [Czech, Dutch, English, French and German speaking countries]

    Richard has always been a very popular name throughout the English-speaking world. It was first imported to England by the Normans, though it is derived from the Germanic elements "ric" (power) and "hard" (strong, hardy). The original form was probably

  • Rigoberto (Germanic) - Bright wealth, splendid for his wealth [English, Italian and Spanish speaking countries]

    Of Tuetonic origin, Rigoberto was the name of a 7th century Archbishop of Rheims, France.

  • Robert (Germanic) - Bright fame [Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    There have been various saints named Robert. St Robert of Molesme was one of the founders of the Cistercian monastic order. St Robert Bellarmine was a Catholic Cardinal, and is one of the Doctors of the Church.

    There were three kings of Sc

  • Roberto (Germanic) - Bright fame [English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries]

    Roberto Cavalli is a fashion designer.

  • Rocco (Germanic) - Battle cry; rest [English and Italian speaking countries]

    From the Latinised Rochus; in origin a Germanic name. It could be from either the Gothic 'hrukjan', Old German 'rohôn', 'to shout' - so 'battle cry' or from the Germanic 'hrok' - 'rest'.

  • Roderick (Germanic) - Famous ruler [English speaking countries]

    Roderick is from the Latin Rodericus, which is from the Old High German Hrodrich, a compounding of the elements 'hruod' meaning "fame" and 'rik' meaning "ruler; king". King Roderick was supposedly the 'last king of the Goths' in the 8th century, but very

  • Rodrigo (Germanic) - Famous ruler [English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries]
  • Roger (English) - Famous spear [English speaking countries]
  • Roland (Germanic) - Famous country [English and French speaking countries]

    From an Old French personal name of Germanic origin, from hrod (fame) and land (land, territory).
    This was adopted by the Normans and introduced by them to Britain.

    In Old French literature, it is borne by a legendary Frankish hero,

  • Rolando (Germanic) - Famous country [English and Spanish speaking countries]

    Spanish form of Roland.

  • Simon (Hebrew) - Listening [English, French and Spanish speaking countries]

    Simon appears several times in the New Testament of the Bible. Simon was the original name of St Peter, one of the twelve apostles and first Bishop of Rome or Pope. Simon the Zealot is named as one of the apostles in the gospel of Luke. It was at Simon t

  • Ulrich (Germanic) - Powerful through his inheritance [English and German speaking countries]

    This name comes from the Germanic elements 'odal' ('prosperity, fortune') and 'ric' ('power'). It was the name of a 10th century saint.

  • Walter (Germanic) - Ruler of the army [English speaking countries]

    From the combination of the Germanic elements "rule" and "army".

    Famous Walters include journalist Walter Cronkite, author Walter Scott, explorer and sailor Walter Raleigh. Animator Walt Disney was a Walter.

  • Warren (Germanic) - Guard; the game park [English speaking countries]

    Name borne by the 29th US President, Warren Gamaliel Harding. Other famous bearers include Rapper Warren G., film star Warren Beatty, rock star Warren Zevon and philanthropist Warren Buffet.

    The Warren Commission was the unofficial name of

  • Wendell (Germanic) - A Wend [English speaking countries]

    The Wend were a Slavic people; this surname came from the Germanic personal name Wendel.

  • Wilbert (Germanic) - Will, desire + bright, famous [English speaking countries]
  • Willard (Germanic) - Will, desire + hardy, brave, strong [English speaking countries]
  • William (Germanic) - Will, desire + helmet, protection [English speaking countries]

    William comes from the Germanic elements 'wil' (will, desire) and 'helm' (helmet, protection). It was the 10th most popular name for boys in the US in 2006, and the 7th most popular in the UK.

    There have been many rulers named William, incl

Female Names
  • Ada (Germanic) - Noble kind; of the noble sort [African, English, Hebrew and Polish speaking countries]

    Ada (AH dah) is a Hebrew biblical name meaning "adornment". An English form of the name is Adah. Ada was the wife of Lamech and the mother of Jabal and Jubal. Another Ada was a wife of Esau and the daughter of Elon the Hittite. It can also be a short form

  • Alice (Germanic) - Noble kind; of the noble sort [English, French and Swedish speaking countries]

    Alice was an extremely common name in medieval England, though it frequently appeared in the alternate form Alys. It is found several times in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," most famously as the name of the Wife of Bath. The name fell into disuse for man

  • Alma (Hebrew) - Maiden [English, Hebrew and Spanish speaking countries]

    Could be explained as from the Hebrew, 'maiden', from the Germanic 'amal', 'effort', or from the Latin 'alma', 'nourishing'.

    The River Alma in Ukraine was the site of a battle during the Crimean War, which was won by British, French and Ot

  • Amelia (Germanic) - Work; effort; strain [English and German speaking countries]

    Amelia is actually derived from two names: "Emilia," a Latin name meaning "rival," and "Amalia," a Germanic name meaning "work" or "labor." Henry Fielding popularized this name with his novel "Amelia" in 1751. More recently, the name took center stage i

  • Ava (Germanic) - N/A [English and German speaking countries]

    This name could be a respelling of Eva.

    St Ava was a 9th century nun, the daughter of Pepin II of Aquitaine.

    It has become more popular in the USA since the late 1980s, and in 2006 was the fifth most popular name.

  • Belinda (Latin) - Beautiful serpent [English speaking countries]

    The origin and meaning of Belinda is still uncertain, but it very likely comes from the Germanic lindi meaning "serpent" and Latin bellus meaning "beautiful."

    Belinda loses a lock of her hair in Alexander Pope's satirical poem "The Rape of

  • Bertha (Germanic) - Famous; bright [English speaking countries]
  • Carla (German) - Man [English speaking countries]
  • Caroline (German) - Free man [Danish, English and French speaking countries]

    French cognate of Carolina. It was borne by Caroline Brunswick, queen consort to King George IV, Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach, queen consort to King George II and by Lady Caroline Lamb, mistress of the poet Lord Byron. "Sweet Caroline" is the name of

  • Charlotte (Germanic) - Free man [English and French speaking countries]

    Charlotte is a feminine form of the name Charles; though often interpreted as "woman" or "feminine," Charlotte might equally be interpreted as "masculine." Many texts reconcile these differences by defining Charlotte as "strong woman." Whilst moderately

  • Edith (English) - Prosperous in war [English speaking countries]

    From the Anglo-Saxon eád-gyth, with 'eád' meaning 'good, prosperity, fortune, inheritance' and 'gyth' meaning 'battle' or 'strife'. Another possible meaning is 'warrior for the good'. Eadgyth was the name of the daughter of King Edgar (see Edgar). She is

  • Emma (German) - All-containing; universal [Catalan, English, French, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish and Armenian speaking countries]

    Emma might be a form of Erma, a short form of various names which begin with the Germanic element Erm(en), Irm(en) which can mean 'strong' but is more literally translated as "whole" or "universal".

    For some, it is a diminutive of Emmanuell

  • Griselda (Germanic) - Grey battle [English and Spanish speaking countries]

    In medieval European lore, Griselda was the wife of nobleman who tolerated any annoyance or grief he caused her. She is known in several literary works, including the Canterbury Tales and the Decameron, as "Patient Griselda."

  • Heidi (Germanic) - Noble one [English and German speaking countries]

    'Heidi' is a children's story by Joanna Spyri, set in the mountains of Switzerland. Its sequels were written by Spyri's English translator Charles Tritten. Heidi is also the name of a character in Stephenie Meyer's 'Twilight' series of novels. The charact

  • Hilda (Germanic) - Battle; war [Danish, English, German, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]
  • Ida (Germanic) - Work [Dutch, English, German, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    Ida is derived from the Greek root "id," meaning "work."

    In Sanskrit it means 'insight' and at the same time refers to planet earth as primary caregiver of all that lives.

  • Odalys (Germanic) - Wealth [English and Spanish speaking countries]

    Odalys is a Spanish elaborated form of the Germanic Odilia.

  • Odelia (Germanic) - Wealth [Dutch, English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    Odelia can either be a variant of Odila, or a Hebrew name variant of Odeleya, meaning "I will praise God".

  • Olga (German) - Holy [Bulgarian, Croatian, English, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Russian and Armenian speaking countries]

    Olga is the Russian form of the name Helga or comes from the male name, Oleg.

    St. Olga was a 10th century saint.

  • Ramona (Germanic) - Advice; decision + protector [English and Spanish speaking countries]
  • Randi (Germanic) - Counsel; beautiful [English, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    Of Scandanavian origin, a shortened form of an old name from the elements 'regin', and 'frid', meaning 'counsel' and 'beautiful' respectively.

  • Rosalinda (Germanic) - Weak, tender or soft horse [Dutch, English and German speaking countries]
  • Rose (Latin) - Rose [English speaking countries]

    The rose (or Latin 'rosa') is a flowering shrub. They come in a variety of different forms such as the hybrid tea, floribunda and damask. Roses are seen as symbols of love and beauty, and are also associated with the Virgin Mary.

    A rose win

  • Wilda (Germanic) - To strive [English speaking countries]
  • Wilhelmina (Germanic) - Will, desire + helmet, protection [English, German and Polish speaking countries]

    Wilhelmina is the feminine equivalent of the masculine Wilhelm, the German cognate of English William. The name comes from the Germanic elements 'wil' (will, desire) and 'helm' (helmet, protection). This German name became used in English-speaking countri

  • Wilhelmine (Germanic) - Will, desire + helmet, protection [Dutch, English and German speaking countries]
  • Yvonne (French) - Yew [English and French speaking countries]

    Yvonne is a feminine form of the French Yves, created either directly from Yves or from the Old French Yvon (which comes from Ivo, a form of Yves used in Germany). Yves originated as a shortened form of any Germanic name containing 'iv' ('yew').

Gender Neutral Names
  • Angel (Greek) - Messenger [Bulgarian, English and Spanish speaking countries]

    Angel is used mostly as a masculine name among Spanish-speaking communities, and mostly as a feminine name in English-speaking communities. The Spanish name is pronounced "ahn HEL," while the English version is pronounced "AYN jel")


  • Aubrey (Germanic) - Elfin king [English speaking countries]

    From the Germanic name Alberic, composed from the elements 'alb' (elf) and 'ric' (ruler, king). This male name has gained popularity for females in recent times, probably due to its similarity with the female name Audrey.

    Famous male beare

  • Evelyn (German) - Uncertain, possibly desired [English speaking countries]

    Of German roots, Evelyn is an English variant of Aveline. Aveline is itself related to Ava, Medieval short form of Germanic names beginning with the element "avi", of unknown meaning, possibly "desired".

    It can also be considered a cognate

  • Irma (Germanic) - Universal [English, German and Hindi speaking countries]

    Irma is a short form of names beginning with "Irm-," which is a Germanic prefix meaning "universal." It is the same prefix from which names like "Emma" are derived as well.
    In the West it is seen as a feminine name though as a Hindu name it is ex

  • Jocelyn (French) - Tribal name of the Gauts [English speaking countries]

    In past centuries an exclusively male name, Jocelyn is today given almost exclusively to females.

    Jocelyn Bell Purnell is an astrophysicist, who helped discover pulsars. Other famous bearers include socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein and comedi