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112 German Baby Girl Names & Their Meanings

Team Peanut3 months ago6 min read

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.

German Baby Girl Names

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.

  1. Emilia
  2. 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.
  3. Emma. A name that’s popular across Europe and beyond, as it means whole or universal.
  4. Sophia / Sofia. A beautiful name that comes straight from the Greek. It means wisdom.
  5. Mia. It could be short for Maria, a variation on Miriam, or a name meaning “my” in Italian.
  6. Lina. Carolina, Angelina, Paulina – Lina can be short for them all. Or it can be a perfect standalone name all by itself.
  7. Mila. A recent addition to the popular German names list, Mila may come from the Slavic Miloslava or Ludmila.
  8. Ella. Short for Eleanor, Elisabeth, or Isabella, Ella is an incredibly versatile German baby girl name.
  9. Lea / Leah. A biblical girl name, Leah is a name that speaks of nobility and wisdom.
  10. 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.

  1. Ida. A typical name from the north, it means hard working or industrious.
  2. Frieda / Frida. One of the best-known old German girl names, Frida means peaceful.
  3. Charlotte. Another north German hit, Charlotte is the female equivalent of Carl, meaning free man.
  4. Anna. Most popular in south Germany – but also a winner across the world – Anna is originally a Hebrew name, meaning grace or favor.
  5. Marie. Think Mary or Maria but with a twist. Another pretty German girl name popular in the south.
  6. Lena. A common Russian girl name, Lena is popular in the German-speaking world too.
  7. Mathilda / Matilda. Matilda means battle-mighty, perfect for your brave little girl.
  8. Lia. Perhaps a form of Leah, Lia is a name typical in German-speaking Switzerland.
  9. Lara. Lara means protection. She’ll be the little guardian of the household.
  10. Laura. This name comes from the laurel tree, a symbol of victory. Laura is a popular name all around the world, including in Germany.
  11. Johanna. Think Joanne but with a European twist.
  12. Leonie. From the Latin word for lion, Leo, Leonie is a popular name in Lichtenstein, a teeny-weeny German-speaking country in the Alps.
  13. 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.

  1. Layla / Leyla. Of Hebrew origins, Layla means dark or night. A beautiful name for your little brunette baby.
  2. Amira. It means princess.
  3. Elif. Meaning slender
  4. Aliyah. From the Hebrew meaning ascending or rising
  5. Amina. From the Arabic meaning honest, it’s also popular in many Latin countries.
  6. Zeynep. Precious rock
  7. Meryem. A variation of the biblical Miriam
  8. Ayla. Deer or gazelle
  9. Medina. The name of the Saudi city important in Muslim culture
  10. 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.

  1. Adele
  2. Adelheid – Meaning nobility, this name could be shortened to Heidi.
  3. Agatha
  4. Amalia
  5. Anja – Pronounced “An-ya,” this name is related to “Anna” and means God has favored me.
  6. Alice
  7. Aloisia
  8. Anke
  9. Anneliese
  10. Astrid
  11. Bertha – In German, this name is pronounced “Bear-ta,” which might have a more pleasant sound on the playground than “Bur-tha.”
  12. Bertina
  13. Birgit
  14. Brigitte
  15. Carla – another variation on the regal “Charles”
  16. Carol
  17. Caroline
  18. Catrin / Katrin
  19. Christina – a classic in any language
  20. Claudia
  21. Dorothea
  22. Edeltraud – Meaning of noble attitude, this name might be as German as it gets.
  23. Edith
  24. Elisabeth
  25. Elke
  26. Elsa – Does your new baby have a big sister who loves Frozen? This name might be a hit!
  27. Eva
  28. Freya
  29. Gertrud
  30. Gisela
  31. Greta
  32. Gretel
  33. Hannelore – This name was very popular in Germany around World War II and is a combination of Hannah and Eleonore.
  34. Heidi
  35. Helga
  36. Hilda
  37. Hildegard
  38. Holle
  39. Ilse
  40. Ingeborg
  41. Ingrid
  42. Irma
  43. Isolde – The main female character in the age-old romantic tale of Tristan and Isolde.
  44. Judith
  45. Julia
  46. Jutta – Pronounced “YOU-ta,” this name is a variation on “Judith.”
  47. Karin
  48. Katharina
  49. Lieselotte
  50. Linda
  51. Lisa
  52. Lorelei
  53. Lotte – A shortened form of Charlotte and pronounced “LOT-ta,” this adorable name is ripe for a comeback.
  54. Luise
  55. Margarethe
  56. Margit
  57. Marlene – Think famous German-American actress Marlene Dietrich.
  58. Martha
  59. Maud
  60. Melanie
  61. Monika
  62. Nadine
  63. Nicole
  64. Paula
  65. Rebecca
  66. Regina
  67. Rosamund
  68. Ruta – from the Hebrew meaning friend
  69. Sabine
  70. Sabrina
  71. Sarah
  72. Sibylle
  73. Sigfrida
  74. Silke
  75. Stefanie
  76. Tamara
  77. Tanja – the German version of “Tanya”
  78. Therese
  79. Ursula

And if German baby girl names aren’t right for you, there are plenty of other countries to choose from. Why not try Russian baby girl names? Or Italian baby girl names?