Most Popular Baby Boy Names in Germany

For each year, try to guess the 20 most popular baby boy names in Germany.
source: http://www.beliebte-vornamen.de
The source data sometimes groups together different spellings of the same name
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Last updated: March 21, 2021
First submittedAugust 7, 2012
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2020
2010
2000
1990
1980
1970
Noah
Leon
Lukas
Jan
Christian
Stefan
Ben
Lukas
Jan
Tobias
Michael
Michael
Matteo
Ben
Tim
Christian
Sebastian
Andreas
Finn
Finn
Finn
Alexander
Stefan
Thomas
Leon
Jonas
Leon
Daniel
Jan
Frank
Elias
Paul
Niklas
Patrick
Daniel
Markus
Paul
Luis
Tom
Dennis
Martin
Christian
Henry
Maximilian
Jonas
Sebastian
Dennis
Oliver
Luis
Luca
Jannik
Marcel
Alexander
Matthias
Felix
Felix
Luca
Philipp
Thomas
Torsten
Luca
Tim
Philipp
Florian
Markus
Martin
Emil
Elias
Alexander
Kevin
Matthias
Sven
Jonas
Max
Marvin
David
Andreas
Alexander
Theo
Noah
Maximilian
Fabian
Tobias
Dirk
Lukas
Philipp
Daniel
Matthias
Benjamin
Karsten
Anton
Niklas
Julian
Felix
Patrick
Ralf
Liam
Julian
Jakob
Benjamin
Sven
Jörg
Maximilian
Moritz
Kevin
Sven
Florian
Jan
Jakob
Jan
Lennard
Jonas
Christoph
Mark
Leo
David
Paul
Lukas
Philipp
Peter
 
 
 
 
 
 
1960
1950
1940
1930
1920
1910
Thomas
Peter
Peter
Günther
Hans
Walther
Michael
Hans
Klaus
Hans
Karl
Karl
Andreas
Wolfgang
Hans
Karl
Heinz
Hans
Peter
Klaus
Jürgen
Heinz
Kurt
Wilhelm
Frank
Manfred
Dieter
Werner
Werner
Otto
Uwe
Jürgen
Günther
Gerhard
Walther
Kurt
Klaus
Michael
Horst
Horst
Günther
Heinrich
Stefan
Bernd
Manfred
Helmut
Herbert
Hermann
Jürgen
Werner
Uwe
Walther
Helmut
Paul
Jörg
Günther
Wolfgang
Kurt
Gerhard
Helmut
Ralf
Uwe
Karl
Klaus
Willy
Herbert
Hans
Dieter
Werner
Herbert
Rudolf
Rudolf
Wolfgang
Karl
Rolf
Rolf
Otto
Willy
Bernd
Helmut
Heinz
Harald
Ernst
Werner
Reiner
Reiner
Gerhard
Wolfgang
Heinrich
Erich
Martin
Gerhard
Helmut
Ernst
Hermann
Ernst
Torsten
Horst
Gerd
Jürgen
Wilhelm
Alfred
Holger
Harald
Bernd
Erich
Erich
Friedrich
Jens
Joachim
Walther
Alfred
Horst
Georg
Karsten
Rolf
Harald
Hermann
Alfred
Gustav
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Level 75
Jul 28, 2012
Love this quiz! Any chance you'll be making more for other countries? :)
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Level 18
Aug 1, 2012
Glad you like it. Not sure, cause it's pretty big and took a lot of time. But I'll try to add other countries.
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Level 24
Oct 17, 2016
Please take my quizzes it is a friendly competition against my friend
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Level 21
Aug 2, 2012
99/103 I would have finished but ran out of time :(
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Level 78
May 9, 2014
Interesting that Thomas and Tom are not considered the same, as they would be in England.
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Level 78
May 18, 2017
I was surprised that Thomas didn't automatically fill in Tom. Are they considered two separate names?
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Level 74
Feb 17, 2018
Usually, abbreviations are considered seperate names. Tom and Thomas, Max and Maximilian, Heinz and Heinrich. Some of them are accepted here together, though.
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Level 76
Aug 13, 2018
Historically, Tom has been the short form of Thomas only in English-language countries, and when Germans started to use it a few decades ago many of them wouldn't even know the connection.
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Level 24
Jan 10, 2015
you should accept Janik, Luka and Willhelm.
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Level 63
Aug 30, 2018
I've never seen one of these. But I've seen lots of Jannik's, Luca's/Lukas', and Wilhelm's. So... no, they shouldn't be accepted.
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Level 68
Mar 8, 2019
Luka is often though
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Level 61
May 22, 2015
ONly guessed Hans because of The Book Thief
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Level 15
May 22, 2015
It says Rolf twice....just saying
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Level 62
May 23, 2015
You should accept more alternative spellings. I entered "Chris" but didn't get "Christian", and yet "Fred" was accepted for "Manfred" but not "Alfred".
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Level 82
Jul 21, 2016
I did far better for 1890 than any other year. Gotta love the classics...
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Level 24
Oct 10, 2017
didn't even guess my own name d'oh
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Level 20
Jul 12, 2018
I filled in the 1981 column completely with boys I went to elementary school with. Our parents were not very creative.
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Level 59
May 12, 2020
"Rheinhardt" is an uncommon spelling. Should be "Reinhard" first, "Reinhardt" second.
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Level 66
Jul 26, 2020
I believe most Germans would spell Philipp with double p in the end.
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Level 70
Dec 11, 2020
Went mostly by athletes and got lots, but no 'Mario' - I guess the national football team isn't always a barometer for naming customs.
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Level 91
Mar 21, 2021
I don't know about Götze, but Mario Gómez's father is Spanish.
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Level 76
Mar 21, 2021
Mario Basler, too. Neither have Spanish or Italian ties as far as I know.
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Level ∞
Mar 21, 2021
When people in China and Saudi Arabia start naming their kids Noah and Liam, we will know that Anglo cultural hegemony is complete.
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Level 69
Mar 22, 2021
No Muhammed?
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Level 65
Mar 25, 2021
Feeling threatened? Don't support imperialist wars and you won't have millions of refugees seeking safety in western Europe.
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Level 61
Mar 28, 2021
I don't support warfare and I don't the want migrants here.
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Level 68
Mar 29, 2021
Settle on mars then
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Level 74
Mar 28, 2021
35th most popular in 2020
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Level 82
Mar 22, 2021
Only got forty-nein. Footballers' names were useful, especially older players, as were WW II figures. Got 3 just from NFL kickers. The Red Baron helped, as did the dad from "The Sound of Music" and Blofeld from the James Bond movies. Didn't do particularly well, but this was fun.
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Level 68
Mar 28, 2021
Ok, who tried Adolf and was surprised?
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Level 67
Mar 28, 2021
Not in recent history--that name fell out of favor pretty quickly after WW2. But I would've thought it was a major German name in the earlier decades of the 1900s, especially in 1940 when Germany was completely indoctrinated with Nazism.
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Level 64
Mar 28, 2021
I sincerelly expected Fritz to be here...
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Level 69
Mar 28, 2021
and Franz
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Level 69
Mar 28, 2021
That was really interesting. Most of my ancestor are German/Swiss and I've been working on a genealogy chart, so I had lots of names to try. Didn't do all that well, though
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Level 48
Aug 16, 2021
Same!!!
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Level 55
Mar 28, 2021
I thought some variation of Mohamed would be there because of Turkish immigrants. Didn't think Adolf would be there but still tried it of course.
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Level 47
Mar 28, 2021
I DID NOT expect the top name for 2020 to be the same for US and Germany
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Level 66
Mar 28, 2021
There is a documented phenomenon called "Kevinism," by which Germans look down on people with "Anglo" names on the assumption that they are from lower-class backgrounds: https://www.discovermagazine.com/mind/the-strange-german-disease-called-kevinism-can-a-lame-name-mess-up-your-life
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Level ∞
Mar 29, 2021
That's interesting. We are highly judgmental about names here in the United States as well, but we don't have a term for it.
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Level 76
Mar 29, 2021
Many people from the East were named Maik pre-1990. They wanted to have a fancy Anglo name like Mike but needed to alter it to make it look German. Now they're stuck with a name that is designated as Anglo and Eastern, which is a most unlucky combo.
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Level 70
Mar 30, 2021
This is a thing in France as well.
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Level 22
Mar 29, 2021
I was doing well until i realized that this was for germany
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Level 64
Mar 29, 2021
Wow, some of those are very...not German.
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Level 76
Mar 29, 2021
Most of the stereotypical German names have gone out of style. A boy named Hans or Fritz or Wilhelm will stand out like a sore thumb. I once told a 20-something year old Helmut that he and my grandpa share the name. The poor guy was miserable. He can't go anywhere without someone telling him that his grandpa has the same name.
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Level 74
Mar 31, 2021
I always tend to do better on the 'older' names than the more recent ones.
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Level 6
Mar 31, 2021
adolf was very popular in '37-44
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Level 48
Apr 1, 2021
Popular german boy names now arent even German

Bring back Hans and Helmut

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Level 32
Apr 7, 2021
how is franz not included 😩