German Baby Boy and Baby Girl Names
A Most Important Decision for Your New German Baby
When naming a German babyboy or
girl, you will notice that the German names are made of several forenames known as Vornamen and a family
name known as the Nachname.
A German forename or a
Vornamen is usually gender specific and selected with great care to ensure that it has a good
Although most Germans
like to give Vornamen to their child but it is not necessary in all cases. Parents who are interested in giving
Vornamen to their child do this shortly after the birth of their child.
fact about Vornamen is that although there are several Vornamen given to a baby but only one of the many
assigned is meant to be used and it is known as the Rufname.
The importance of a
Rufname can be deducted from the fact that it is underlined in all the official documents to differentiate its
importance from other Vornamen.
Although the list of
Vornamen is much longer for German baby girls but German boy names are also carefully chosen. Of all the
Vornamen, Rufname is the most important of all and special care is taken is assigning a Rufname to a German boy
There are several
reasons for giving a Rufname to a German baby boy name but mainly it is due to the fact that it sounds pleasant
to the parent or holds a specific meaning for them. Like if the Rufname found in German baby boy names are after
a saint then the purpose is to enlist that specific saint as the protector of the German baby
On the other hand if
the German names have a Rufname after a relative then it is meant to show that the said relative holds great
importance in the life of the parents of the child.
Usually the Rufname and
the Nachname is gender specific. With the exception of "Maria" you will not find any other female German name as
a part of a German boy names.
When choosing a German
boy names special care is taken to ensure that the name is not offensive in any sense. Germans are very strict
in this practice as compared to other countries and cultures throughout the world.
Also another factor
that is especially considered when choosing a German baby boy names is that the name is not newly invented. In
some cases new German Baby boy names is allowed considering the fact that the Rufname is a conventional one but
the rule of decency still applies in this case.
In a German culture the
authority to finalize a German Baby boy name lies with Standesbeamte(r). He is the officer or a clerk of the
public authority appointed for the registration of marriages, births, deaths etc.
has the final say in authorizing a German boy names but in case a name is rejected by Standesbeamte(r), the
parents can appeal in court.
A dispute might also
rise when the German baby boy names are based on place.
Germans are very specific when it comes to German baby
names and they ensure
that the German boy names are well chosen.