German Girl Names

By Rob Simpson

Whether you are interested in choosing a name for your baby girl, or if you just want to impress your German lady by knowing the meaning of her name, this guide is for you.

We take a look at the meanings of the most common German names, and try to provide some interesting facts about them.

What Germans Are Known For

With a population of around 80,000,000, Germany is one of the most densely populated countries in Europe, however, despite all of that, about one-third of Germany is still covered in forests and woodland.

Germany is well known for their love of beer, being hosts to the world’s largest folk festival “Oktoberfest” which is held annually where more than 6 million people show up every year to show their appreciation of the culture.

The sheer popularity of Oktoberfest shows that it’s not just a “beer festival” for men but a cultural experience for everyone, there are just as many women at Oktoberfest as there are men, and most of the local women, in spirit of the festival, dress up in a traditional dress called a “Drindl.”

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 Germany Girl Names

Name

Meaning

Adela  

This name was originally derived as a short form of names beginning with the Germanic name element adal, which means noble.

Amelie  

A variant of the name Amalia, often confused with Emilia, which has a completely different origin. The name Amelie gets its meaning from the Germanic name element amal, meaning work or labor.

Bettina

Diminutive form of the name Elizabeth, in Hebrew this name means “my God is an oath.”

Daniela

Feminine form of the name Daniel, derived from the Hebrew roots “din” which means “to judge” and “el” meaning “God.” The meaning of this name is “God is my judge.”

Diana  

Most likely derived from an Indo-European root, this name means “heavenly” or “divine.”

Elise 

Diminutive form of the name Elizabeth, in Hebrew this name means “my God is an oath.”

Eva  

This name was derived from the Hebrew name Chawwah which either comes from the Hebrew word “Chawah” meaning “to breathe” or “Chayah” meaning “to live.” Eva is the Latinate form of the name Chawwah.

Frida  

A Germanic name, originally a short form of feminine names that contained the Germanic element frid, which means peace.

Gisela

The German form of the name Giselle, Gisela is derived from the Germanic word gisil, which means “pledge.” It is possible that this name may have originated as a descriptive name for children that were given as a pledge to a foreign court.

Gretta  

A short form of Margareta, which is a Cognate of Margaret. The name Margaret was derived from the Latin “Margarita” which came from the Greek word “Margarites,” meaning pearl.

Hedwig

Derived from the Germanic name Hadewig, this name gets it’s meaning by combining the Germanic name elements “hadu” and “wig,” meaning “battle, combat, war.”

Heidi  

After many variations we arrive at the name Heidi, the German diminutive of the name Adelheid, which is, in itself, a transformation of a different name. In short, the meaning of the name Heidi is “noble.”

Helga  

The feminine form of the name Helge, Helga is derived from an Old Norse name “Helgi” which comes from the word “heilagr” meaning “holy, blessed.”

Ida

Derived from the Germanic name element id, which shares the same meaning as the Germanic element amal, meaning “work, labor.”

Johanna  

German form of the name Johanna, derived from the Greek name Ioanna, which is the feminine form of Joannes. Derived from the Hebrew root “yo” which refers to the Hebrew God and the root “Chanan” which means “to be gracious. The meaning of this name is “God is gracious.”

Klara

A variant of the name Clara, which is the feminine form of the Late Latin name Clarus, which meant “clear, bright, famous.”

Lena  

A short form of names ending in lena, such as Helena or Magdalena.

Leonie  

German form of the Late Latin name Leonius, which is derived from the Latin word leo, meaning “lion.”

Matilda  

The name Matilda is derived from the Germanic name Mahthildis. Derived from the elements maht “might, strength” and hild “battle.” The name Matilda means “strength in battle.”

Nina  

The name Nina is derived as a short form of names which end in nina such as, Antonina. This name also nearly coincides with the Spanish word niña meaning "little girl".

Oda  

Oda is the feminine form of the Late German name Audo or Odo, these names, as well as a few others, were originally derived from the Germanic element aud, which meant “wealth, fortune.”

Petra 

Petra is the feminine form of the Greek name Petros, which meant “stone.”

Retha  

Retha is the short form of the name Margaretha, derived from the Latin Margarita, which was a derivation of the Greek word margarites, meaning “pearl.”

Sofie  

Sofie or Sophie is a more German form of the name Sophia. This name means “wisdom” in Greek.

Stefanie

A more German form for the name Stephanie, which is the feminine form of the name Stephen. This name is derived from the Greek name Stephanos, which meant “crown.”

Tanja

A German variant of the Russian name Tanya, which is a diminutive form of the name Tatiana, which is the feminine form of the Roman name Tatianus. This name is a Roman name of unknown meaning and origin.

Wilma 

Short form of the name Wilhelmina, which is a feminine form of the German cognate Wilhelm, which means “will to protect.”

Most Popular Names

Some of the more common German girl names from this list are:
Amelie, Gretta, Leonie and Sofie, which are all somewhat uniquely German.

The name I personally like the most is a name that is also very common in Austria, the name Johanna.

Let us know in the comment section which name you chose!

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Whether you wanted to give your baby girl a German name, or just wanted to show off to your German girl by knowing the meaning of her name, we hope this list helped you better understand the origin and meaning behind some of the more popular names. 

You may come across different variations of these names in Austria or Switzerland, who both have Germanic based languages. 

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