German Names for BoysAugust 31, 2009
German names just aren’t that popular at the moment. For the past several years, it hasn’t been exactly fashionable to show off your German roots. Irish? Go ahead. Scandinavian? Nothing could be better. German? Eh, that’s unfortunate; maybe one of your great-great-great grand-uncles was Irish. Use Caitlyn. (note: this exchange is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek)
But there HAS been a marked decrease in the usage of German names over the past 100 years or so. Maybe it’s just that the sounds aren’t that fashionable right now. German-based names were hugely popular back during the time of our great-great grandfathers (I had a GG-grandma with the middle name of Gertrude, as probably almost everybody did).
Maybe all the German names need is some more time. Maybe everybody will get tired of all of those vowelly, slippery names that are in vogue right now, and realize afresh that there is something to be said for consonants. Let’s bring Friedrich and Bruno back!
All the same, I don’t expect these posts about German names to get very many hits. Oh well, popularity isn’t everything. :) (channeling my mother from 1991, when a popular girl made fun of me, calling my earrings “gay.”)
I think there is hope for the future of German names. Amazingly enough, there is a little boy in our school right now named Heinrich. I think that’s promising, don’t you?
German Names for Boys