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10 ridiculously old German names for Ladies – Old German Names

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Old German Names Female

On behalf of Women’s History Month March: The following old-fashioned German women names originate from way back in the day. This post is not making fun of those who have this name…. it is simply for amusement purposes. For the non-German speaking audience: Warning: please do not try to correctly pronounce these ridiculously old German female names : you will most likely make the names sound more German than they already are.

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Old German names for women: Top 10

1. Adelheit (most German name ever!?)

This name means “Precious character”. As precious the meaning of this mean name may be, I must chuckle every time I see it. The first thing I think of is a large, Holstein cow.


2. Edeltraud

Directly translated, this name means “the noble-cozy one”, (traut). Yet, this name is known for having the meaning “a gentlewoman” and “the strong one” So who’s ready to name their kid Edeltraud?


3. Gundula

This oldie originates from the word „Gund“, which basically means “to fight” or “fighter”. You better watch out for those Gundulas and Adelgunds on the playground, if they ever would live up to their name…. or even still exist on the playground.


4. Mechthild

Yes, this name existed, and still does. According to some sources, it was one of the most popular first names during medieval times. You cavalier, you. This name has the meaning “the strong fighter”, which could be compared to the more modern movie: Mathilde.


5. Ingeborg

This name originates from the Scandinavian countries, but was very well known in the 1920s in Germany. This name is compound name originating from the Germanic goddess “Ingwio” and the word ”burg”, which is a castle, or meant to be “secure”.


6. Roswitha

This name comes from the old German word “Hroswini”, which basically means “a horse’s friend”. Other sources have shown that this name is a compound name out of the word “hroud” and “swith” which could mean “the strong, popular one”. I have personally met a few Roswithas’ in my lifetime, and I couldn’t tell you whether they were strong, horses friends or popular, or not.


7. Erna

This woman’s name can be derived from the old German man’s name: Ernst. Meaning: determined or serious; whichever one you would like to use, or depending on the type of Erna you meet. Honestly, I have never heard of the name Erna before. But there is a popular German children’s book: “Der Ernst des Lebens”; which is about the first day in elementary school.


8. Gudrun

Another German name that starts with a “G”, who thinks of this stuff? This names means “the secret fighter”, which sounds pretty special to me: I think it would be a great addition to a Lord of the Rings film. Some sources hint that this name was very popular in Scandinavian countries as well in the early 1900’s.


9. Leefke

This is a child that everybody should love: “the lovely one”. This name originates from the north German word “Leavje” which means “to like” or “to love”. From all the names in this list, this sounds like the most ridiculously old German name that could sound really modern.


10. Hermine

Yup, one of our beloved main characters out of the Harry Potter series has a ridiculously old German name. The meaning of this name fits to her character quite well: “the fighter” or “the warrior”.



Once again, this post is not meant for mobbing purposes nor to make fun. I hope that you were able to chuckle or grin at one or the other ridiculously old German name. Do you have a German friend whose name is on this list? Please share this post with them ASAP!

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