Common German Names and Nicknames
10/23/2013
Your ancestor may appear in genealogical records by his given or middle name, or a shortened form of the name. Here are some common German names and nicknames.
 Full Name
 Nickname
Dietrich Dieter
 Johann or Johannes Hans
 Friedrich Fritz
 Heinrich Heinz
 Wilhelm Willy
Josef
Sepp
Nicolaus
Klaus
 Anna, Ann
 Nancy, Nan
Catharina
Trina
Elisabeth(a)
Lisa, Betty
Margaretha
Gretl, Greta
Dorothea
Dora
Carolina
Lina
Magdalena
Lena, Helena, Molly
Johanna
Hanna
 
From the September 2012 Family Tree Magazine