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200+ German Dog Names (With Meanings)

James Livingood has been a dog sitter for several years. He has written numerous articles and a book about the topic because he loves dogs.

Since so many dogs have their roots tied to Germany, why not honor it by giving it a Germanic name? Here is a resource of 200+ German names fit for your new furry canine.

Since so many dogs have their roots tied to Germany, why not honor it by giving it a Germanic name? Here is a resource of 200+ German names fit for your new furry canine.

Honoring Your Dog With Germanic Roots

So many different dog breeds have their roots in Germany. Why not honor that lineage with a Germanic name? This list includes hundreds of potential dog names along with their origins. The hope is that this list will give you an excellent resource for your new canine. In addition to these names, I've included a bit of information about five German dog breeds. Whatever name you decide on, these dogs make excellent additions to your family!

German Dog Names A-C



Originally a short form of Germanic names such as Adelaide or Adelina that begin with the element adal meaning "noble". This name was borne by Augusta Ada King (1815-1852), the Countess of Lovelace (known as Ada Lovelace), a daughter of Lord Byron. She was an assistant to Charles Babbage, the inventor of an early mechanical computer.


a female given name, form of Adeline.


Austrian psychiatrist and psychologist.


From the Gothic name Alareiks, which meant "ruler of all", derived from the Germanic element ala "all" combined with ric "ruler". This was the name of a king of the Visigoths who sacked Rome in the 5th century.


From the Germanic name Adalbert meaning "noble and bright", composed of the elements adal "noble" and beraht "bright". This name was common among medieval German royalty. The Normans introduced it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate elberht. Though it became rare in England by the 17th century, it was repopularized in the 19th century by the German-born Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria.This name was borne by two 20th-century kings of Belgium. Other famous bearers include the German physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955), creator of the theory of relativity, and Albert Camus (1913-1960), a French-Algerian writer and philosopher.


German cognate of Albert.


any shrub or tree belonging to the genus Alnus, of the birch family, growing in moist places in northern temperate or colder regions and having toothed, simple leaves and flowers in catkins.


Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element ald "old", and possibly also with adal "noble".


Means "elf counsel", derived from the Old English name lfrd, composed of the elements lf "elf" and rd "counsel". Alfred the Great was a 9th-century king of Wessex who fought unceasingly against the Danes living in northeast England. He was also a scholar, and he translated many Latin books into Old English. His fame helped to ensure the usage of this name even after the Norman Conquest, when most Old English names were replaced by Norman ones. It became rare by the end of the Middle Ages, but was revived in the 18th century.Famous bearers include the British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), the Swedish inventor and Nobel Prize founder Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), and the British-American film director Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980).


From a surname that was derived from the given name Algar.


a male given name: from Germanic words meaning noble and ready.


From a medieval form of any of the Old English names lfwine, elwine or Ealdwine. It was revived in the 19th century, in part from a surname that was derived from the Old English names. As a Scandinavian name it is derived from Alfvin, an Old Norse cognate of lfwine.


Variant of Amalia, though it is sometimes confused with Emilia, which has a different origin. The name became popular in England after the German House of Hanover came to the British throne in the 18th century - it was borne by daughters of both George II and George III. The author Henry Fielding used it for the title character in his novel Amelia (1751). Another famous bearer was Amelia Earhart (1897-1937), the first woman to make a solo flight over the Atlantic Ocean.This name experienced a rise in popularity at the end of the 20th century. It was the most popular name for girls in England and Wales from 2011 to 2015.


Diminutive of Anna.


a female given name, form of Anne.


Swedish diminutive of Anna.


Meaning uncertain. It was perhaps inspired by the fictional place name Arlo Hill from the poem The Faerie Queene (1590) by Edmund Spenser. Spenser probably got Arlo by altering the real Irish place name Aherlow, which is Gaelic meaning "between two highlands".


From a Germanic name meaning "eagle power", derived from the elements arn "eagle" and wald "power". The Normans brought it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Earnweald. It died out as an English name after the Middle Ages, but it was revived in the 19th century.Saints bearing the name include an 8th-century musician in the court of Charlemagne and an 11th-century French bishop who is the patron saint of brewers. It was also borne by Arnold of Brescia, a 12th-century Augustinian monk who rebelled against the church and was eventually hanged. Famous modern bearers include American golfer Arnold Palmer (1929-2016) and Austrian-American actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947-).


City in California, United States


a female given name: from Scandinavian, meaning divine strength.


Automotive manufacturing subsidiary of Volkswagen Group


German, Polish, Scandinavian and Catalan form of Augustus. This was the name of three Polish kings.As an English name it can also derive from the month of August, which was named for the Roman emperor Augustus.


of all; at all.


a jump performed by a skater leaping from the front outer edge of one skate into the air to make 1 1/2 rotations of the body and landing on the back outer edge of the other skate.


18th-century German composer


Means "bold friend", derived from the Germanic elements bald "bold, brave" and win "friend". In the Middle Ages this was a popular name in Flanders and among the Normans, who brought it to Britain. It was borne by one of the leaders of the First Crusade, an 11th-century nobleman from Flanders. After the crusaders conquered Jerusalem, he was crowned as the king of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.


From a surname probably meaning "strife" in Middle English, originally given to a quarrelsome person.


a state in SE Germany: formerly a kingdom. 27,239 sq. mi. (70,550 sq. km). Capital: Munich.


Probably from Viatrix, a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator meaning "voyager, traveller". It was a common name amongst early Christians, and the spelling was altered by association with Latin beatus "blessed, happy". Viatrix or Beatrix was a 4th-century saint who was strangled to death during the persecutions of Diocletian.In England the name became rare after the Middle Ages, but it was revived in the 19th century, more commonly in the spelling Beatrice. Famous bearers include the British author and illustrator Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), the creator of Peter Rabbit, and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (1938-).


German composer.


German automotive engineer and manufacturer.


Capital and largest city of Germany


French feminine form of Bernard. Saint Bernadette was a young woman from Lourdes in France who claimed to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary.


Derived from the Germanic element bern "bear" combined with hard "brave, hardy". The Normans brought it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Beornheard. This was the name of several saints, including Saint Bernard of Menthon who built hospices in the Swiss Alps in the 10th century, and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a 12th-century theologian and Doctor of the Church. Other famous bearers include the Irish playwright and essayist George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) and the British World War II field marshal Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976).


Form of Bertha in several languages.


German statesman: first chancellor of modern German Empire 1871-90.


Weather phenomenon involving electrostatic discharge


strong lager


Baked pastry shaped into a knot


Scandinavian short form of Birgitta.


Newer German form of Brnhild.


Derived from the Germanic element brun "armour, protection" or brun "brown". Saint Bruno of Cologne was a German monk of the 11th century who founded the Carthusian Order. The surname has belonged to Giordano Bruno, a philosopher burned at the stake by the Inquisition.


of or relating to Charles, especially Charles I and Charles II of England or their times.


Variant of Caden.


the absence of any cause of events that can be predicted, understood, or controlled: often personified or treated as a positive agency: Chance governs all.


Feminine form of Claudius. It is mentioned briefly in the New Testament. As a Christian name it was very rare until the 16th century.


Danish-British socialite


Shortened form of Clodovicus, a Latinized form of Chlodovech (see Ludwig). Clovis was a Frankish king who united France under his rule in the 5th century.


City in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


Polish astronomer who promulgated the now accepted theory that the earth and the other planets move around the sun (the Copernican System ).

Black German Shepard Puppy

Black German Shepard Puppy

German Dog Names D-H



Greek meaning "to tame


a river in central and SE Europe, flowing E from southern Germany to the Black Sea. 1,725 miles (2,775 km) long.


From a surname that was derived from the given name Diederik.


West Germanic language


Means "warrior of the people", derived from the Germanic elements theud "people" and hari "army".


German form of Theodoric.


Italian film producer


Thrusting dagger


the capital of Saxony in E Germany, on the Elbe River.


a port in and the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, in W Germany, on the Rhine.


a female given name: derived from Edwin.


German physicist, U.S. citizen from 1940: formulator of the theory of relativity; Nobel Prize 1921.


a river in central Europe, flowing from the W Czech Republic NW through Germany to the North Sea. 725 miles (1,165 km) long.


a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning all.


Norman form of Emmerich. The Normans introduced it to England, and though it was never popular, it survived until the end of the Middle Ages. As a modern given name, now typically feminine, it is likely inspired by the surname Emery, which was itself derived from the medieval given name. It can also be given in reference to the hard black substance called emery.


Originally a short form of Germanic names that began with the element ermen meaning "whole" or "universal". It was introduced to England by Emma of Normandy, who was the wife both of King Ethelred II (and by him the mother of Edward the Confessor) and later of King Canute. It was also borne by an 11th-century Austrian saint, who is sometimes called Hemma.After the Norman Conquest this name became common in England. It was revived in the 18th century, perhaps in part due to Matthew Prior's 1709 poem Henry and Emma [2]. It was also used by Jane Austen for the central character, the matchmaker Emma Woodhouse, in her novel Emma (1816).In the United States, it was third in rank in 1880 (behind only the ubiquitous Mary and Anna). It declined steadily over the next century, beginning another rise in the 1980s and eventually becoming the most popular name for girls in 2008. At this time it also experienced similar levels of popularity elsewhere, including the United Kingdom (where it began rising a decade earlier), Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.


Variant of Emmett. It is used in Ireland in honour of the nationalist and rebel Robert Emmet (1778-1803).


From an English surname that was derived from a diminutive of the feminine given name Emma.


a male given name, form of Ernest.


Means "falcon" in German.


From a Roman cognomen meaning "lucky, successful" in Latin. It was acquired as an agnomen, or nickname, by the 1st-century BC Roman general Sulla. It also appears in the New Testament belonging to the governor of Judea who imprisoned Saint Paul.Due to its favourable meaning, this name was popular among early Christians, being borne by many early saints and four popes. It has been used in England since the Middle Ages, though it has been more popular in continental Europe. A notable bearer was the German composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847).


From Ferdinando, the old Spanish form of a Germanic name composed of the elements fardi "journey" and nand "daring, brave". The Visigoths brought the name to the Iberian Peninsula, where it entered into the royal families of Spain and Portugal. From there it became common among the Habsburg royal family of the Holy Roman Empire and Austria, starting with the Spanish-born Ferdinand I in the 16th century. A notable bearer was Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521), called Fernão de Magalhães in Portuguese, who was the leader of the first expedition to sail around the earth.


Swiss pianist.


French feminine form of Florian.


Largest city in Hesse, Germany


German form of Franciscus (see Francis). This name was borne by the influential writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924), author of The Trial and The Castle among other works. It was also the name of rulers of Austria and the Holy Roman Empire.


a married woman; a wife.


English form of a Germanic name meaning "peaceful ruler", derived from frid "peace" and ric "ruler, mighty". This name has long been common in continental Germanic-speaking regions, being borne by rulers of the Holy Roman Empire, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia, and Prussia. Notables among these rulers include the 12th-century Holy Roman emperor and crusader Frederick I Barbarossa, the 13th-century emperor and patron of the arts Frederick II, and the 18th-century Frederick II of Prussia, known as Frederick the Great.The Normans brought the name to England in the 11th century but it quickly died out. It was reintroduced by the German House of Hanover when they inherited the British throne in the 18th century. A famous bearer was Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), an American ex-slave who became a leading advocate of abolition.


Danish and Dutch form of Frederick. This was the name of nine kings of Denmark over the past 500 years, alternating each generation with the name Christian.


Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis


Variant of Frida.


German diminutive of Friedrich.


German diminutive of Friederike.


talkative; garrulous.


a stew of beef or veal and vegetables, with paprika and other seasoning.


Short form of Margareta. A famous bearer of this name was the Swedish actress Greta Garbo (1905-1990).


German diminutive of Margareta.


Diminutive of Grete. It is well-known as a character from an 1812 Brothers Grimm fairy tale who is captured, with her brother Hansel, by a witch. The Grimm's story was based on earlier European folk tales.


U.S. lawyer and educator: dean of Harvard University Law School 1950-67.


Semi-legendary king of Burgundy of the early 5th century


City and state in Germany


U.S. political leader: vice president of the U.S. 1861-65.


German short form of Johannes, now used independently. This name has been very common in German-speaking areas of Europe since the late Middle Ages. From an early period it was transmitted to the Low Countries and Scandinavia. Two famous bearers were Hans Holbein (1497-1543), a German portrait painter, and Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), a Danish writer of fairy tales.


German fairy tale


From the Breton given name Haerviu, which meant "battle worthy", from haer "battle" and viu "worthy". This was the name of a 6th-century Breton hermit who is the patron saint of the blind. Settlers from Brittany introduced it to England after the Norman Conquest. During the later Middle Ages it became rare, but it was revived in the 19th century.


River in Germany


German diminutive of Adelheid. This is the name of the title character in the children's novel Heidi (1880) by the Swiss author Johanna Spyri. The name began to be used in the English-speaking world shortly after the 1937 release of the movie adaptation, which starred Shirley Temple.


German form of Henry. This was the name of several German kings.


Diminutive of Heinrich.


a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning holy.


Dutch and Estonian cognate of Heinrich (see Henry).


the conventional German title of respect and term of address for a man, corresponding to Mr. or in direct address to sir.


the standard unit of frequency in the International System of Units (SI), equal to one cycle per second. Abbreviation: Hz


State in Germany


a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning maid of battle.


Latinized form of Hugh. As a surname it has belonged to the French author Victor Hugo (1802-1885), the writer of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Les Misérables.


hundred; hundreds.

Dog with stick and puppy

Dog with stick and puppy

German Dog Names I-O



Derived from the Germanic element id meaning "work, labour". The Normans brought this name to England, though it eventually died out there in the Middle Ages. It was strongly revived in the 19th century, in part due to the heroine in Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem The Princess (1847), which was later adapted into the play Princess Ida (1884) by Gilbert and Sullivan.Though the etymology is unrelated, this is the name of a mountain on the island of Crete where, according to Greek myth, the god Zeus was born.


a revised and simplified form of Esperanto, introduced in 1907.


Hungarian form of Emmerich. This was the name of an 11th-century Hungarian saint, the son of Saint Istvan. He is also known as Emeric.


Italian, Slovene and Croatian form of Inés.


French form of Iacobus, the New Testament Latin form of James.


any of several rapacious seabirds of the family Stercorariidae that pursue weaker birds to make them drop their prey.


From a surname that was derived from the given name Gervais.


German form of the Roman title Caesar (see Caesar). It is not used as a given name in Germany itself.


Dutch and Scandinavian form of Jasper.


a city in SW New Hampshire.


Form of Clara in various languages.


From a French and English surname, originally from a place name in Normandy, which was derived from Old French la mare meaning "the pool".


Derived from the Germanic elements landa "land" and beraht "bright". Saint Lambert of Maastricht was a 7th-century bishop who was martyred after denouncing Pepin II for adultery.


From the Germanic name Lanzo, originally a short form of names that began with the element landa meaning "land". During the Middle Ages it became associated with Old French lance "spear, lance". A famous bearer is American cyclist Lance Armstrong (1971-).


Italian form of Lanzo (see Lance).


State of Venezuela


Short form of names ending in lena, such as Helena, Magdalena or Yelena.


Feminine form of Leon.


Means "brave lion", derived from the Germanic elements lewo "lion" (of Latin origin) and hard "brave, hardy". This was the name of a 5th-century Frankish saint from Noblac who is the patron of prisoners and horses. The Normans brought this name to England, where it was used steadily through the Middle Ages, becoming even more common in the 20th century.


Derived from the Germanic elements leud "people" and bald "bold". The spelling was altered due to association with Latin leo "lion". This name was common among German royalty, first with the Babenbergs and then the Habsburgs. Saint Leopold was a 12th-century Babenberg margrave of Austria, who is now considered the patron of that country. It was also borne by two Habsburg Holy Roman emperors, as well as three kings of Belgium. Since the 19th century this name has been occasionally used in England, originally in honour of Queen Victoria's uncle, a king of Belgium, after whom she named one of her sons. It was later used by James Joyce for the main character, Leopold Bloom, in his novel Ulysses (1922).


German anatomist and inventor of plastination


West Germanic language


German diminutive of Elisabeth.


a female given name, form of Charlotte or Dolores.


From the Germanic name Chlodochar meaning "famous army", derived from the elements hlud "famous" and hari "army". This was the name of a 9th-century Frankish king, the son of Louis I, who ruled the region called Lorraine. It was also borne by medieval kings of France, Italy and the Holy Roman Empire.


German theologian and author: leader, in Germany, of the Protestant Reformation.


Derived from the Germanic elements magan "strength" and frid "peace". This is the name of the main character in Lord Byron's drama Manfred (1817). This name was also borne by Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918), the German pilot in World War I who was known as the Red Baron.


Form of Martha used in various languages.


From the Germanic name Mahthildis meaning "strength in battle", from the elements maht "might, strength" and hild "battle". Saint Matilda was the wife of the 10th-century German king Henry I the Fowler. The name was common in many branches of European royalty in the Middle Ages. It was brought to England by the Normans, being borne by the wife of William the Conqueror himself. Another notable royal by this name was a 12th-century daughter of Henry I of England, known as the Empress Matilda because of her first marriage to the Holy Roman emperor Henry V. She later invaded England, laying the foundations for the reign of her son Henry II.The name was very popular until the 15th century in England, usually in the vernacular form Maud. Both forms were revived by the 19th century. This name appears in the popular Australian folk song Waltzing Matilda, written in 1895.


1991 graphic novel




Means "mercies" (that is, the plural of mercy), from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary, Mara de las Mercedes, meaning "Mary of Mercies". It is ultimately from the Latin word merces meaning "wages, reward", which in Vulgar Latin acquired the meaning "favour, pity" [1].


U.S. psychiatrist, born in Switzerland.


From the Germanic name Milo, introduced by the Normans to England in the form Miles. The meaning is not known for certain. It is possibly connected to the Slavic name element milu meaning "gracious". From an early date it was associated with Latin miles "soldier".In Scotland this name was historically used as an Anglicized form of Maoilios.


Diminutive of Mildred, Millicent and other names containing the same sound.


Old Germanic form of Miles, as well as the Latinized form. This form of the name was used in official documents during the Middle Ages, and it has been used independently since the 19th century [2].


Austrian composer.


a city in and the capital of Bavaria, in SW Germany.


National Intelligence Authority.


Figures in Germanic folklore


Derived from the Germanic elements nord meaning "north" and beraht meaning "bright". This was the name of an 11th-century German saint who made many reforms within the church.


Variant of Audo (see Otto).


a traditional festival held each October in Munich, Germany.


a city in NE Brazil, N suburb of Recife, on the Atlantic coast: beach resort.


Scandinavian, German, Polish and Slovene form of Oscar. A famous bearer was Oskar Schindler (1908-1974), who is credited for saved over 1,000 Polish Jews during World War II.


From an English surname that was derived from the medieval given name Ode, a cognate of Otto. In America it has been used in honour of the revolutionary James Otis (1725-1783).


Later German form of Audo or Odo, originally a short form of various names beginning with the Germanic element aud meaning "wealth, fortune". This was the name of four kings of Germany, starting in the 10th century with Otto I, the first Holy Roman emperor, who was known as Otto the Great. This name was also borne by a 19th-century king of Greece who was originally from Bavaria. Another notable bearer was the German chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898).


Variant of Ozzie.

German Longhaired Pointer Dog

German Longhaired Pointer Dog

German Dog Names P-Z



(especially in the German army) armored: a panzer unit.


German brewery


Feminine form of Peter. This was also the name of an ancient city in the region that is now Jordan.


a pale, light lager beer.


From the name of the German car company, which was founded by Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1951). His surname is derived from the given name Boris.


Son of a prince, king, queen, emperor or empress, or other high-ranking person (such as a grand duke)


French racing driver


From a surname that was derived (via the place name Cuinchy) from the personal name Quintus. A famous bearer was John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), sixth president of the United States, who was born in the town of Quincy, Massachusetts. Both the town and the president were named after his maternal great-grandfather John Quincy (1689-1767).


German fairy tale


From the Germanic name Raginmund, composed of the elements ragin "advice" and mund "protector". The Normans introduced this name to England in the form Reimund. It was borne by several medieval (mostly Spanish) saints, including Saint Raymond Nonnatus, the patron of midwives and expectant mothers, and Saint Raymond of Peñafort, the patron of canonists.


River in Western Europe


American fantasy author (born 1976)


Short form of Ricardo, Enrico and other names ending in rico.


Title of nobility in German-speaking areas


From the Germanic elements hrod meaning "fame" and landa meaning "land", though some theories hold that the second element was originally nand meaning "brave". Roland was a semi-legendary French hero whose story is told in the medieval epic La Chanson de Roland, in which he is a nephew of Charlemagne killed in battle with the Saracens. The Normans introduced this name to England.


From the Germanic name Hrolf (or its Old Norse cognate Hrlfr), a contracted form of Hrodulf (see Rudolf). The Normans introduced this name to England but it soon became rare. In the modern era it has occasionally been used in the English-speaking world as a German import.


U.S. novelist and short-story writer.


Medieval variant of Roland.


Diminutive of Rudolf.


From the Germanic name Hrodulf, which was derived from the elements hrod "fame" and wulf "wolf". It was borne by three kings of Burgundy, as well as several Habsburg rulers of the Holy Roman Empire and Austria. Anthony Hope used this name for the hero in his popular novel The Prisoner of Zenda (1894).


Diminutive of Rudolf.


a city in W Austria: the birthplace of Mozart.


cabbage cut fine, salted, and allowed to ferment until sour.


a member of a Germanic people in ancient times dwelling near the mouth of the Elbe, a portion of whom invaded and occupied parts of Britain in the 5th and 6th centuries.


sweetheart; darling.


Several types of flavored distilled alcoholic beverages


Breaded, fried flat piece of meat


1989 German film directed by Percy Adlon


U.S. poet, short-story writer, and critic.


a city in central Alabama, on the Alabama River.


Derived from the Germanic elements sigu "victory" and frid "peace". Siegfried was a hero from Germanic legend, chief character in the Nibelungenlied. He secretly helped the Burgundian king Gnther overcome the challenges set out by the Icelandic queen Brnhild so that Gnther might win her hand. In exchange, Gnther consented to the marriage of Siegfried and his sister Kriemhild. Years later, after a dispute between Brnhild and Kriemhild, Siegfried was murdered by Hagen with Gnther's consent. He was stabbed in his one vulnerable spot on the small of his back, which had been covered by a leaf while he bathed in dragon's blood. He is a parallel to the Norse hero Sigurd. The story was later adapted by Richard Wagner to form part of his opera The Ring of the Nibelung (1876).


Derived from the Germanic elements sigu "victory" and mund "protector" (or in the case of the Scandinavian cognate, from the Old Norse elements sigr "victory" and mundr "protector"). In the Norse Völsungasaga this is the name of the hero Sigurd's father, the bearer of the powerful sword Gram. A notable bearer was the Austrian psychologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the creator of the revolutionary theory of psychoanalysis.


Form of Sophie in several languages.


a mug, usually earthenware, especially for beer.


Capital and largest city of Baden-Wrttemberg, Germany


From an English surname that was probably derived from the Norman French nickname tirel "to pull", referring to a stubborn person. It may sometimes be given in honour of civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954).


Short form of Dorothea, Theodora, Theresa and other names with a similar sound.


English author.


German general in the Thirty Years War.


a female given name, form of Gertrude.


a plant, Aralia cordata, of the ginseng family, cultivated, especially in Japan and China, for its edible shoots.


Italian form of Hugh.


From the Old Norse byname lfr meaning "wolf".


Means "little bear", derived from a diminutive form of the Latin word ursa "she-bear". Saint Ursula was a legendary virgin princess of the 4th century who was martyred by the Huns while returning from a pilgrimage. In England the saint was popular during the Middle Ages, and the name came into general use at that time.


Scandinavian form of Werner.


a port in and the capital of Austria, in the NE part, on the Danube.


Scandinavian and Finnish form of William.


Originally a short form of Germanic names containing the element wald meaning "rule". In the Middle Ages this name became the basis for a surname. Its present use in the English-speaking world is usually in honour of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), an American poet and author who wrote on transcendentalism [2]. He was (probably) named after the 12th-century Christian radical Peter Waldo, who was from Lyons in France. Though Waldo and his followers, called the Waldensians, were declared heretics at the time, they were later admired by Protestants.


From an English surname that referred to the medieval occupational of a walker, also known as a fuller. Walkers would tread on wet, unprocessed wool in order to clean and thicken it. The word ultimately derives from Old English wealcan "to walk".


From a Germanic name meaning "ruler of the army", composed of the elements wald "rule" and hari "army". The Normans brought it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Wealdhere. A famous bearer of the name was the English courtier, poet and explorer Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618). It was also borne by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), a Scottish novelist who wrote Ivanhoe and other notable works.


a ballroom dance, in moderately fast triple meter, in which the dancers revolve in perpetual circles, taking one step to each beat.


Possibly from a Germanic name meaning "a Wend", referring to the Slavic people who inhabited eastern Germany. In Polish legends this was the name of the daughter of King Krak, the legendary founder of Krakow. It was introduced to the English-speaking world by the author Ouida, who used it for the heroine in her novel Wanda (1883).


Means "desiring peace" from Old English wil "will, desire" and friþ "peace". Saint Wilfrid was a 7th-century Anglo-Saxon bishop. The name was rarely used after the Norman Conquest, but it was revived in the 19th century.


Derived from the Germanic elements wulf meaning "wolf" and gang meaning "path". Two famous bearers of this name were Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and German novelist and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832).




Place in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


a female given name, form of Griselda.


Means "blessed, happy" in Yiddish, a vernacular form of Asher.

Three dogs sitting together

Three dogs sitting together

Five of the Best Breeds of German Dogs

It's easy to underestimate the amount of wonderful dog breeds that have their roots planted in Germany. To take a moment to appreciate these contributions, here are five different breeds that came out of Germany. This is list is far from complete, but it will help serve as an initial basis.

Breed 1: German Shepard

When most people think of dogs that originated in Germany, this is the dog they think about. This breed of dog is extremely smart and trainable. In addition, they are extremely loyal and have a strong herding instinct. Many police and military units rely on this dog breed everyday.

Breed 2: Miniature Schnauzer

This breed was first created when breeding Poodles and Affenpinschers. They focus of this breed was primary to decrease the vermin in an area. They are smart and eager to please, but can be known to bark excessively.

Breed 3: Doberman Pinscher

This dog was initially bred to be a guard dog. However, because of their energy and loyalty, they quickly gained other jobs. Soon they were used in search and rescue missions, police duties, and citizen service dogs. They are loyal and have a lot of energy.

Breed 4: Dachshund

If you translate the name of this breed to English, you would get "badger dog". That is because they were originally bred to hunt down and root out badgers from their dens. They have a strong hunting instinct and love to dig.

Breed 5: Great Dane

People often make the mistake of thinking this large dog breed originated in Denmark. However, it was actually Germans who bred this dog to help hunt wild boars. This breed is often known as gentle giants and are wonderful with children. However, their food and medical costs can get fairly high.

These are just a few of many different dog breeds that trace their roots to Germany. As you can see, each one was bred for a specific purpose, but have often outgrown those purposes. Today, we choose these different dog breeds based on temperament and our individual situation. Whatever type of Germanic dog you decide on, they will hopefully make a great addition to your family.

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