Looking for German baby girl names? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve got all the German female names you’ll need to find the perfect one for your baby girl.
Whether you’re looking for just a bit of international inspiration, or you’re hoping to honor family roots or a favorite piece of German culture, look no further. We’ve got all kinds of German names, from traditional favorites to today’s most popular hits.
In this article: 📝
- What is the most popular girl name in Germany?
- Top 10 German girl names
- What are typical German names?
- Popular Arab-German Names
- Traditional German Girl Names
What is the most popular girl name in Germany?
The most popular girl name in Germany, as of 2020, is Emilia. Of Italian origin, it dates right back to the Romans. It’s a beautiful name that makes for a unique twist on the English Emily.
Not your thing? No stress. There are plenty more popular German female names where that came from.
Top 10 German girl names
In Germany, it’s the GFDS’s job – the Association of the German Language – to track the most popular names in the country every year. These are the top 10 German girl names for 2020.
- Hannah / Hanna. Once at the top of the list of German names for girls, Hannah (or Hanna) comes from the Hebrew word for grace, beauty, or favor.
- Emma. A name that’s popular across Europe and beyond, as it means whole or universal.
- Sophia / Sofia. A beautiful name that comes straight from the Greek. It means wisdom.
- Mia. It could be short for Maria, a variation on Miriam, or a name meaning “my” in Italian.
- Lina. Carolina, Angelina, Paulina – Lina can be short for them all. Or it can be a perfect standalone name all by itself.
- Mila. A recent addition to the popular German names list, Mila may come from the Slavic Miloslava or Ludmila.
- Ella. Short for Eleanor, Elisabeth, or Isabella, Ella is an incredibly versatile German baby girl name.
- Lea / Leah. A biblical girl name, Leah is a name that speaks of nobility and wisdom.
- Klara / Clara. From Latin meaning clear, bright, or distinct, Clara is a beautiful name in any language.
What are typical German names?
In no particular order, here are some more of the most “typical” German girl names. But remember: Germany’s a country with lots of regional differences, to the north, south, east, and west – and some names are much more popular in some regions than others.
- Ida. A typical name from the north, it means hard working or industrious.
- Frieda / Frida. One of the best-known old German girl names, Frida means peaceful.
- Charlotte. Another north German hit, Charlotte is the female equivalent of Carl, meaning free man.
- Anna. Most popular in south Germany – but also a winner across the world – Anna is originally a Hebrew name, meaning grace or favor.
- Marie. Think Mary or Maria but with a twist. Another pretty German girl name popular in the south.
- Lena. A common Russian girl name, Lena is popular in the German-speaking world too.
- Mathilda / Matilda. Matilda means battle-mighty, perfect for your brave little girl.
- Lia. Perhaps a form of Leah, Lia is a name typical in German-speaking Switzerland.
- Lara. Lara means protection. She’ll be the little guardian of the household.
- Laura. This name comes from the laurel tree, a symbol of victory. Laura is a popular name all around the world, including in Germany.
- Johanna. Think Joanne but with a European twist.
- Leonie. From the Latin word for lion, Leo, Leonie is a popular name in Lichtenstein, a teeny-weeny German-speaking country in the Alps.
- Valentina. Another popular German name for girls – this time from the name for Saint Valentine.
Popular Arab-German Names
You’ll see many Arab names on any list of popular names in Germany. Why? Germany has a huge population of Arab and Turkish people, who have a long history in the country dating back to the 16th century!
Here are some of the most popular Arab names in Germany right now.
- Layla / Leyla. Of Hebrew origins, Layla means dark or night. A beautiful name for your little brunette baby.
- Amira. It means princess.
- Elif. Meaning slender
- Aliyah. From the Hebrew meaning ascending or rising
- Amina. From the Arabic meaning honest, it’s also popular in many Latin countries.
- Zeynep. Precious rock
- Meryem. A variation of the biblical Miriam
- Ayla. Deer or gazelle
- Medina. The name of the Saudi city important in Muslim culture
- Azra. Maiden
Traditional German Girl Names
And now for some classic traditional German girl names. With a strong and proud history that dates back thousands of years, there are plenty of old German girl names to choose from.
Happy name hunting, mama! We hope you find a name that’s just as beautiful as your little baby girl.
- Adelheid – Meaning nobility, this name could be shortened to Heidi.
- Anja – Pronounced “An-ya,” this name is related to “Anna” and means God has favored me.
- Bertha – In German, this name is pronounced “Bear-ta,” which might have a more pleasant sound on the playground than “Bur-tha.”
- Carla – another variation on the regal “Charles”
- Catrin / Katrin
- Christina – a classic in any language
- Edeltraud – Meaning of noble attitude, this name might be as German as it gets.
- Elsa – Does your new baby have a big sister who loves Frozen? This name might be a hit!
- Hannelore – This name was very popular in Germany around World War II and is a combination of Hannah and Eleonore.
- Isolde – The main female character in the age-old romantic tale of Tristan and Isolde.
- Jutta – Pronounced “YOU-ta,” this name is a variation on “Judith.”
- Lotte – A shortened form of Charlotte and pronounced “LOT-ta,” this adorable name is ripe for a comeback.
- Marlene – Think famous German-American actress Marlene Dietrich.
- Ruta – from the Hebrew meaning friend
- Tanja – the German version of “Tanya”