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Common German names

When you ask a German for his/her name, it might happen that their names sound new to you. Other names seem very similar to English names. Here is a list of the most common German names (female and male):

Male names (männliche Namen)Female names (weibliche Namen)
AlbertAlfonsAndreaAnette
AntonBernhardAngelaAngelica
BurkhardDieterAnneBarbara
DirkFranzClaudiaElfriede
HansJoachimEsterEva
JörgJörnGabiGisela
JürgenKlausHeleneInes
MaikManfredIngridIsabel
MichaelOliverJuliaKatharina
PeterRalfKatjaKirsten
RichardRobertKristinManuela
RolfSebastianMargretMaria
StephanSvenMarleneMarta
TheodorThorstenMonicaNicole
TobiasWilfriedSabineSandra
WolfgangZachariasSylvia

Double names such as Hans-Joachim are not very frequent in German. Yet, just as in English, nicknames or 'Spitznamen' are common in German. For instance, someone named Thomas could be called Thommy by his family and friends. Similarly Annegreth might be called Anne. Sabine would be called Biene and Manfred would also be known as Manni.

A common way to form a nickname in German is to add 'i' or 'y' to the end of the name:
Jörn => Jörni
Claudia => Claudi
Klaus => Klausi
Hans => Hansi


Exercise
Spell the names of the following Germans:

Example:
lake
noun => upper case

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Adreas
?
Kirsten
?

Exercise
Applying what you already know about German pronunciation, try to pronounce correctly the following German names:

Example:
Frank


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Claudia
Walter
Marlene



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