Truly unique names in Germany
Unique baby names
Parents in Germany have become a lot more imaginative when it comes to naming their newborn babies. Every year, a million completely original names are given to babies born in Germany. “We have just under 10 million individual names in our database, and a good million new names are added every year,” said Frauke Rüdebusch, a naming expert from the German Language Society (GfDs) in Wiesbaden, Hesse.
In Germany, parents must have new names approved by the registry office (Standesamt). An important requirement for original names is that they must convey the gender of the child. As such, newly created names in 2020 included names like Bennimilia, Jisildis, Laurelie or Sonek. “They sound like names, and you can also usually tell if it’s a name for a girl or a boy,” said Rüdebusch.
Any new name must be accepted and recognised by the local Standesamt, and if there is any doubt over a specific name the office will ask researchers at the GfDs for advice. According to Rüdebusch, Germany’s registry offices reject around 5 to 10 percent of submissions. Kiddo, Maybee, Berate and Churasko are all examples of names that have been rejected. “Lamborghini, we rejected. As well as Corvette, Borussia and Lucifer. Or names like King, Count or Prince,” Rüdebusch said.
Overall, a compromise is reached with parents in about half of the cases where a name is rejected. On average only 5 percent of names given in a year are unique.