According to the Association for German Language (GfdS), the most popular baby names in Germany in 2010 were Maximilian and Sophie/Sofie:
|Boy Names||Girl Names|
(These rankings don’t account for all German births last year, but they do account for over 50% of them.)
The GfdS also offered examples of the unusual baby names parents wanted to bestow in 2010. Some were accepted by the government, others were rejected.
Idjen (rather than Etienne)
Laslo (for a girl)
Pfefferminza (pfefferminze is “peppermint”)
Finally, my source claims German law “stat[es] that middle names, like nicknames, can be modified at will.” I wasn’t aware of this. Can anyone out there confirm/deny?