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The table below contains the most popular German names and names of Germanic origin that have been given to baby girls in the USA during the last hundred years (1905 through 2004).  The rank and count values are based on U.S. Social Security Administration counts for the one thousand most popular names given to baby girls in each of these years.  This list and other similar tables on this site can help you find and research the history, derivation, and meaning of many popular and unusual ethnic names for your baby girl!
German Girl Name Meanings and Popularity
Name Derivation or Meaning Rank Usage
Emma is a variation of Erma. 1 333,079
Kristen is an alternate form of Christina. 2 210,538
Bertha means bright. 3 148,833
Ella means all or total. 4 140,681
Ida means youth. 5 133,299
Gertrude means spear strength. 6 133,186
Heidi is a diminutive form of Adelaide. 7 129,040
Amelia means hard working. 8 81,257
Bridget means strength. 9 79,295
Krista is an alternate form of Kristina. 10 70,066
Irma means complete. 11 65,764
Gretchen is a diminutive form of Margaret. 12 49,580
Erma is a variation of Irma. 13 49,035
Henrietta is a feminine form of Henry. 14 40,101
Stefanie is a variation of Stephanie. 15 33,907
Christa is a diminutive form of Christina. 16 30,445
Adele means noble. 17 29,146
Elva means elf. 18 24,105
Selma is a feminine diminutive form of Anselm. 19 18,721
Adelaide means of noble rank. 20 10,076
Alina is a diminutive form of Adeline. 21 9,819
Millicent means born to power. 22 6,516
Theodora means gift of God. 23 5,864
Brigitte is a variation of Bridget. 24 4,443
Lorelei is derived from the name of an area in Germany. 25 2,030
Hildegarde means battle enclosure. 26 1,248
Hildegard means battle enclosure. 27 515
Actual usage of German names shown on this page may be slightly higher than the indicated usage values.  Of course these names are widely used for girls in Germany as well!  See the Social Security card applications information for qualifiers about this data.


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