Hi, I'm writing a fairytale in German and its about a little poor innocent boy living with his grandmother and baby sister. I need to think of a good German name for a little boy that is cute, brave, worthy and innocent. Any ideas?
Oh, gosh, I really don't think Emil is a good name if you want to stay true to the qualities of "cute, brave, worthy, and innocent." That is because Emil means "to emulate or copy." We don't want your hero to copy someone else, ... we want him to be brave in his own right! So, with a tiny little change, I think your name might work. How about changing it to "Emele" which can mean "industrious" but also "admiring." Just an idea, ...
My wife's family is originally from Germany, so I will follow #7's line is suggesting male names from her family background. Gerhart is a famous German name, as is Wilhelm and Hans. Either of these names could be used. Sounds a great idea! Good luck!
I'm going to suggest my immigrant grandfather's name, Carl. It can also be spelled Karl, but I think that is more Scandinavian. Another name is August, but that seems to have more of an adversarial sound to it than Carl. My grandfather's brother was Daniel, another good standard German name. Their other brother was Henry, but that seems to have more of the feel of a pianist to me.
What about Wilheim or Johann which are William or John respectively. The name Johann especially seems to connot sincerity and goodness as John the Baptist was certainly both of these qualities. Of course, there is always Ludwig after Beethoven, but this name is a bit mercurial.
With Wilheim, remember that W is pronounced like the English V [Veelhighm] and J is like a Y [Yo hahn]
"Valdus", "Abe", and "Kaiser" are some that I thought of which sound strong...I don't know what they mean, exactly. Kaiser is a form of "Caesar" which must mean strong or prepared for battle or something similar.
You could, of course, go for "Adolph", but there are connotations to that which you may not want for your story.
Love the other posts...fun stuff! Good Luck!
My husband and I own a 1988 Volkswagen Vanagon - a camper that we absolutely love. When we bought it, my husband started searching for a name for the camper. He knew it had to be German, wanted something not too fancy because the van is functional not luxurious, said it had to be a boy's name because the van is too boxy to be feminine. He came up with Fritz, which has served the van beautifully. I would submit it as another possibility - especially if your character is going to do any traveling in the course of your story!
I was going to say Hans, because it has always been my favorite German boy name. You might want to choose a name that means strength. Here is a list. Some mean noble. I didn't know some of these were German. Here you go:
There are more on the internet. Just type in German boy name meanings.
What a cool idea! As a German language instructor and one who has lived in Germany for a time, I am saddened that few people use this grand language anymore. Ausgezeichnet!
As for solid boy German names that convey strength and bravery along with innocence...how about:
Thank you for all the suggestions! Hans is a good name, but I have one name in mind: Emil. How's that?