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  1. ABELARD: Old German name, meaning "noble strength." 

  2. ACHIM (Ἀχείμ, Ἀχίμ): Greek name believed to probably be a form of Jehoiakim, meaning "Jehovah raises up." In the New Testament bible, this is the name of an ancestor of Jesus. The name is not mentioned in the Old Testament. In use in Germany.

  3. ACHMAD: German form of Arabic Ahmad, meaning "praiseworthy."

  4. ACHMED: German form of Arabic Ahmed, meaning "praiseworthy."

  5. ADALBERT: Old High German name composed of the elements adal "noble" and bert "bright," hence "bright nobility."

  6. ADALBRECHT: Variant form of Old High German Adalbert, meaning "bright nobility." 

  7. ADALHARD: Old High German name composed of the elements adal "noble" and hart "hardy; strong," hence "noble strength."

  8. ADALMAR: Old High German name composed of the elements adal "noble" and mari "fame," hence "nobly famous."

  9. ADALRIC: Old High German name composed of the elements adal "noble" and ric "ruler," hence "noble ruler."

  10. ADALSTAN: Old High German name composed of the elements adal "noble" and stan "stone," hence "noble stone."

  11. ADALWOLF: Variant spelling of Old High German Adalwulf, meaning "noble wolf."

  12. ADALWULF: Old High German name, composed of the elements adal "noble" and wulf "wolf," hence "noble wolf."

  13. ADDLER: Variant spelling of German Adler, meaning "eagle."

  14. ADELBERT: Variant spelling of Old High German Adalbert, meaning "bright nobility."

  15. ADELBRECHT: Variant spelling of Old High German Adalbrecht, meaning "bright nobility."

  16. ADELHARD: Variant spelling of Old High German Adalhard, meaning "noble strength."

  17. ADELMAR: Variant spelling of Old High German Adalmar, meaning "nobly famous."

  18. ADELRIC: Variant spelling of Old High German Adalric, meaning "noble ruler."

  19. ADELULF: Variant spelling of Old High German Adalwulf, meaning "noble wolf."

  20. ADLER: German name meaning "eagle." 

  21. ADOLF: Modern contracted form of Old High German Adalwolf, meaning "noble wolf."

  22. ÄGID: Abbreviated form of German Ägidius, meaning "kid; young goat" or "shield of goatskin."

  23. ÄGIDIUS: German form of Late Latin Ægidius, meaning "kid; young goat" or "shield of goatskin."

  24. AHLF: Pet form of German Adolf, meaning "noble wolf."

  25. AKSEL: German form of Scandinavian Axel, meaning "father of peace." 

  26. ALBERICH: Variant spelling of Old High German Albirich, meaning "elf ruler." In Germanic mythology, this was the name of a sorcerer king of elves.

  27. ALBIRICH: Old High German name composed of the elements alf "elf" and ric "power, rule," hence "elf ruler." 

  28. ALBRECHT: Contracted form of Old High German Adalbrecht, meaning "bright nobility."

  29. ALBREKT: Low German form of Old High German Albrecht, meaning "bright nobility."

  30. ALDMAN: German name meaning "old man."

  31. ALDO: Short form of longer German names containing the element ald, meaning "old." Compare with another form of Aldo.

  32. ALDRIC: Variant spelling of Old High German Aldrich, meaning old ruler; long time ruler."

  33. ALDRICH: Old High German name composed of the elements ald "old" and ric "power; rule," hence "old ruler; long time ruler." Compare with another form of Aldrich.

  34. ALDRICK: Variant spelling of German Aldric, meaning "old ruler; long time ruler."

  35. ALDRIK: Variant spelling of German Aldric, meaning "old ruler; long time ruler."

  36. ALF: Low German pet form of German Adolf, meaning "noble wolf." Compare with other forms of Alf.
  37. ALFIHAR: Middle Low German name composed of the elements alf "elf" and hari "army, host," hence "elf army."
  38. ALFONS: German name derived from Latin Alfonsus, meaning "noble and ready." Compare with another form of Alfons.

  39. ALLDRICH: Variant spelling of Old High German Aldrich, meaning "old ruler; long time ruler."

  40. ALMERIC: Variant spelling of German Almerich, meaning "work-power."

  41. ALMERICH: German name derived from Latin Almericus, a form of Old German Amaliric, meaning "work-power."

  42. ALOÏS: German name derived from Latin Aloisius, meaning "famous warrior."

  43. ALRIC: Variant spelling of German Alrich, meaning "all-powerful; ruler of all."

  44. ALRICH: German contracted form of Visigothic Alaric, meaning "all-powerful; ruler of all."

  45. ALTMAN: Old German name composed of the elements alt "old" and diener "servant," hence "old servant." Related to the name Aldman "old man." 

  46. ALWIN: Old High German name composed of the elements alb "elf" and wini "friend," hence "elf friend." Compare with other forms of Alwin.

  47. AMALOld German name derived from the word amal, meaning "labor, work." Compare with other forms of Amal.

  48. AMALGER: Old German name composed of the elements amal "labor, work" and ger "spear," hence "work-spear."

  49. AMALIRIC: Old German name composed of the elements amal "labor, work," and ric "ruler," hence "work-power."

  50. AMALRIC: Variant spelling of Old German Amaliric, meaning "work-power."

  51. AMALRICH: Variant spelling of German Amalric, meaning "work-power."

  52. AMBROS: German form of Latin Ambrosius, meaning "immortal."

  53. ANICHO: Old German name meaning "ancestor."

  54. ANNE: Frisian pet form of Germanic names beginning with arn-, meaning "eagle." Compare with feminine Anne.

  55. ANSELM: German name composed of the elements ans "god, divinity" and helm "helmet; protection," hence "divine helmet."

  56. ANSGAR: Old High German name composed of the elements ans "god" and gar "spear," hence "god-spear." Equivalent to Old Norse Ásgeirr.

  57. ANSHELM: Lombardic form of German Anselm, meaning "divine helmet."

  58. ANSOBERT: Old High German name composed of the elements ans "divine, god" and bert "bright," hence "god-bright."

  59. ANTON: German form of Greek Antonios, possibly meaning "invaluable." Compare with other forms of Anton.

  60. APSEL: German form of Hebrew Abiyshalowm, meaning "father of peace." 

  61. ARCHIMBALD: Variant form of German Ercanbald, meaning "genuine courage."

  62. ARMEN: Possibly a variant spelling of German Armin, meaning "army man." Compare with another form of Armen.

  63. ARMIN: German name derived from Latin Arminius, meaning "army man."

  64. ARNDT: Short form of German Arnwald, meaning "eagle power."

  65. ARNWALD: Frankish German name composed of the elements aro "eagle" and wald "power, ruler, wield," hence "eagle power."

  66. ASTOR: French and German name derived from Occitan astor, meaning "goshawk," itself from Latin acceptor, a variant of accipiter, meaning "hawk." It was originally a derogatory term for men with hawk-like, predatory characteristics.

  67. AUDO: Older form of German Otto, meaning "prosperous, wealthy." 

  68. AUGUST: Short form of Latin Augustus, meaning "venerable." In use by the English and Germans.

  69. AUREL: German and Romanian form of Roman Latin Aurelius, meaning "golden."

  70. AZZO: Old German name meaning "noble at birth." Compare with another form of Azzo.

  71. BALDAWIN: Old High German name composed of the elements bald "bold" and wini "friend," hence "brave friend."

  72. BALDEWIN: Variant spelling of Old High German Baldawin, meaning "brave friend."

  73. BALDRIC: Old High German name composed of the elements bald "bold, brave" and ric "power, rule," hence "bold ruler."

  74. BAMBER: German byname meaning "short and fat." 

  75. BARDAWULF: Old German equivalent of Anglo-Saxon Bertulf, meaning "bright wolf." 

  76. BARDULF: Contracted form of German Bardawulf, meaning "bright wolf."

  77. BARTHOLD: Variant spelling of German Berthold, meaning "bright ruler."

  78. BARTHOLOMAUS: German form of Latin Bartholomaeus, meaning "son of Talmai." 

  79. BARTOLOMÄUS: German form of Latin Bartolomaeus, meaning "son of Talmai."

  80. BENEDIKT: German form of Latin Benedictus, meaning "blessed." Compare with another form of Benedikt.

  81. BERAHTHRABEN: Old High German name composed of the elements beraht "bright" and hraban "raven," hence "bright raven."

  82. BEREND: Low German form of Old High German Bernhard, meaning "bold as a bear."

  83. BERHTRAM: Contracted form of Old High German Berahthraben, meaning "bright raven."

  84. BERINGAR: Old German name composed of the elements berin "bear" and ger "spear," hence "bear-spear."

  85. BERND: Contracted form of Low German Berend, meaning "bold as a bear."

  86. BERNDT: Variant spelling of Low German Bernd, meaning "bold as a bear."

  87. BERNHARD: Old High German name composed of the elements bero "bear" and hard "brave, hardy, strong," hence "bold as a bear."

  88. BERNHARDT: Variant spelling of Old High German Bernhard, meaning "bold as a bear."

  89. BERNT: Variant spelling of Low German Bernd, meaning "bold as a bear."

  90. BERTHOLD: German name composed of the elements berht "bright" and wald "ruler," hence "bright ruler."

  91. BERTRAM: Modern German form of Old High German Berhtram, meaning "bright raven." 

  92. BONIFAZ: German form of Latin Bonifatius, meaning "good destiny/fate." 

  93. BRICKEL: South German byname related to the word bröckel, a diminutive of brocken "chunk," hence "little chunk," denoting a short stocky person.

  94. BRUNO: German name derived from the word braun, meaning "brown." In use by the English.
  95. BRUNS: Variant form of German Bruno, meaning "brown."
  96. BURK: From the Germanic word burg, meaning "castle, fort, protection." Used as a short form of longer names containing the same element.
  97. BURKE: Variant spelling of German Burk, meaning "castle, fort, protection."
  98. BURKHARD: German name composed of the elements burg "castle, fort, protection" and hard "brave, strong," hence "strong protection."
  99. CARL: Older spelling of German Karl, meaning "man." 
  100. CARLOMAN: German name composed of the personal name Carl, "man," and the word mann "man," hence "Carl the man" or "man of man." This name was borne by many royal historical figures, including a son of Charlemagne and a king of the West Franks.
  101. CARSTEN: German form of Latin Christianus, meaning "believer" or "follower of Christ."
  102. CHLOTHAR: Germanic name composed of the elements hlut "loud" and hari/heri "army, warrior" hence "loud warrior."
  103. CHRISTOPH: German form of Latin Christophorus, meaning "Christ-bearer." 
  104. CLAUS: Short form of German Niclaus, meaning "victor of the people." 
  105. CONRAD: Variant spelling of German Konrad, meaning "bold counsel." In use by the English.
  106. DACHS: German byname for "a hunter of badgers" or someone who "has badger-like qualities," derived from the vocabulary word dahs, meaning "badger." 
  107. DEDERICK: Variant form of Old High German Diedrich, meaning "first of the people; king of nations."
  108. DEDRICH: Variant form of Old High German Diedrich, meaning "first of the people; king of nations."
  109. DETLEF: Old German name composed of the elements þeud "people" and leib "heritage," hence "people's heritage."
  110. DIDI: Pet form of German Dieter, meaning "warrior of the people." Compare with feminine Didi.
  111. DIEDERICK: Low German form of High German Dietrich, meaning "first of the people; king of nations."
  112. DIEDRICH: Variant spelling of Old High German Dietrich, meaning "first of the people; king of nations."
  113. DIERK: Variant spelling of German Dirk, meaning "first of the people; king of nations."
  114. DIETER: Old German name composed of the elements þeud "people, race" and hari/heri "army, warrior," hence "warrior of the people."
  115. DIETFRIED: German name composed of the elements þeud "people, race" and fred/frid "peace," hence "of the peaceful people."
  116. DIETHELM: German name composed of the elements þeud "people, race" and helm "helmet, protection," hence "protector of the people."
  117. DIETLINDE: German name composed of the elements þeud "people, race" and linde "soft, tender, weak," hence "of the gentle people."
  118. DIETMAR: German name composed of the elements þeud "people, race" and mari/meri "famous," hence "of the famous people."
  119. DIETRICH: Old High German form of Visigothic Theodereiks, meaning "first of the people; king of nations."
  120. DIRK: Short form of German Diederick, meaning "first of the people; king of nations."
  121. EBBE: Pet form of German Eberhard, meaning "strong as a boar."
  122. EBER: German name meaning "boar." Compare with other forms of Eber.
  123. EBERHARD: Old High German name composed of the elements eber "wild boar" and hard "brave, hardy, strong," hence "strong as a boar."
  124. EBERHART: Variant spelling of German Eberhard, meaning "strong as a boar."
  125. EBERT: Contracted form of German Eberhart, meaning "strong as a boar."
  126. EBNER: Originally a German byname for someone who lived on a plateau, from eben "plateau" and the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant, it is now considered a German form of Hebrew Abner, meaning "father of light."
  127. EBURHARD: Variant spelling of German Eberhard, meaning "strong as a boar."
  128. ECKEHARD: Variant spelling of German Eckhard, meaning "strong edge."
  129. ECKHARD: German name composed of the elements ek/eg "edge, point" and hard "brave, hardy, strong," hence "strong edge."
  130. ECKHARDT: Variant spelling of German Eckhard, meaning "strong edge."
  131. EDSEL: Variant spelling of German Etzel, possibly meaning "father." Compare with another form of Edsel.
  132. EDUARD: German form of Latin Eduardus, meaning "guardian of prosperity."
  133. EDZARD: Frisian form of German Eckhard, meaning "strong edge."
  134. EGGERT: Low German form of German Eckhard, meaning "strong edge."
  135. EGON: Old German name derived from the word eg, meaning "edge."
  136. EILERT: Frisian and Scandinavian form of German Eckhard, meaning "strong edge."
  137. EKKEHARDT: Variant spelling of German Eckhard, meaning "strong edge."
  138. ELDRIC: Variant spelling of German Aldrick, meaning "old ruler; long time ruler."
  139. ELDRICH: Variant spelling of German Aldrick, meaning "old ruler; long time ruler."
  140. ELLDRICH: Variant form of German Aldrick, meaning "old ruler; long time ruler."
  141. EMERIC: Altered form of German Almeric, meaning "work-power."
  142. EMERICK: Variant spelling of German Emeric, meaning "work-power."
  143. EMIL: German and Scandinavian name derived from Latin Æmilius, meaning "rival." In use by the English.
  144. EMMERICH: Altered form of German Amalrich, meaning "work-power."
  145. ENGEL: Short form of longer Germanic names containing the word engel, meaning "angel." Though the word engel is the German word for the heavenly being, there are two other words which have often been confused with it so that names containing such words are difficult to translate. The first, Ingal is an extended form of Ing, the name of the Old Norse fertility god. The second, Angel is the Old English spelling for "Angle," the name of the Germanic tribe of the Jutland peninsula who invaded eastern and northern Britain in the 5th-6th centuries and gave their name to England. To further complicate matters, angel is also the Old English word for "angle," which has fishing connotations in both English and German.
  146. ENGELBERT: Old German name probably composed of the elements engel "angel" (but see Engel) and berht "bright, famous," hence "bright angel."
  147. ENGELRAM: Old Norman Germanic name composed of the elements Engel (a variant form of Ingal, an extended form of Ing) and hramn, "raven," hence "Ing's raven."
  148. ENGLEBERT: Variant spelling of German Engelbert, meaning "bright angel." But see Engel.
  149. ERCANBALD: Old German name composed of the elements ercan "genuine" and bald "bold," hence "genuine courage."
  150. ERDMANN: Altered form of German Hartmann, meaning "strong-man," however in the 17th century the first element of the name became associated with German Erde "earth" giving it the meaning "earth-man." 

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