Names in Germany

Illegal names in Germany for babies

The is a list of illegal names in Germany. The refused names names are chosen by the parents but not accepted in German courts.

In Germany there are rules for everything! Naming your child is not an exception. However, parents in Germany are generally unrestricted in their name choice.

The right of the parents to choose a given name is only limited if it affects the welfare of the child. So the state has a right and a duty to protect the child from an irresponsible name choice. German courts refuse those names, so those are illegal names in Germany.

But what would be an irresponsible name choice?

Main rules for naming a child in Germany

The rules explain why some names originally thought by the parent are refused in German civil courts:

1. The gender should be considered. Meaning that male children may only have male names, and female children only female names. But there is an exception for “Maria”, which might be used as as a second name for a male child.

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2. A given name may not be offensive or mean that the child is or will be bullied.

3. A given name shouldn’t also be something that is essentially not a human given name, like an object or a plant.

4. Family names are also prohibited as given names, except if there is a regional practice to the contrary.

German registrars might refuse names

But what happens if the registrar refuses a name chosen by the parents? Parents would need to go to the court! They will have to file a suit in civil court and request their name choice to be honored.

Names that were refused by registrars PLUS not honored in German courts

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Let’s check here some refused names in Germany. These names appeared in the German registrar, were refused by them. Then parents decided to file a suit in civil court. In the end, names were refused in courts.

REFUSED NAMES IN GERMANY (alphabetic order):

  • Adolf Hitler
  • AGFA
  • Atomfried
  • Bandito
  • Batman
  • Bierstübl
  • Borrussia
  • Chaotica
  • Dracula
  • Eisenstein
  • Ferrari
  • Graf
  • Grammophon
  • Großherzog
  • Gucci
  • Holgerson
  • Hummer
  • Judas
  • Junge
  • Jürgenson
  • Kaiser
  • Knirpsi
  • König
  • Lenin
  • Lord
  • Lucifer
  • Mc Donalds
  • Mechipchamueh
  • Megwanipiu
  • Mickilauda
  • Möwe
  • Nelkenheini
  • Ohlove
  • Osana Bin Laden
  • Pain
  • Peanut
  • Pfefferminze
  • Pillula
  • Pinocchio
  • Popcorn
  • Puppe
  • Rosenherz
  • Rumpelsilzchen
  • Satan
  • Schmitz
  • Schröeder
  • Shaggy
  • Sonne
  • Stone
  • Superman
  • Thanatos
  • TJ
  • TomTom
  • Urmel
  • Verleihnix
  • Vespa
  • vom Meer
  • Waldmeister
  • Westend
  • Whisky
  • Wildchild
What is your opinion?

Now that you got a sense of what people are trying to name their children in Germany, do you think that these rules are justified?

Or, concerning that there are so many foreign families living in Germany, and different words have different meaning in other cultures and languages. Could these rules and the perceptions of the decision making individuals be unfair in some cases?

Let me know on the comments!

Check the the video

Check here my YouTube video about refused names in Germany for babies. On this video I explain the main rules and comment on some of those refused names.


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