Names and names that one went by

The habit of giving a newborn child a double, triple or even quadruple name, or rather
a set of names, was not uncommon in Schleswig-Holstein in the 19th century. But in
every day use, a person would be called and referred to by only one name, two at the most,
if they were short (Hans Asmus, for example). And there was no system in chosing of all his
names the name one went by. It can certainly not be said that, as a rule, the first name in line
was the one in use. The order of the names was no ranking, and the American style of giving
names, first name followed by a middle name, cannot be compared with the ways of our ancestors.


First names that were in common use in Schleswig-Holstein in the 19th century

This list is certainly incomplete. It is meant to help you decipher old handwritten records,
and to give you an idea why a girl could be called Trienke in her baptismal record,
Catrin in her marital record, Trina in a passenger list, and Catharina in her death record.
Those names were used in all forms, equivalent. Where I added the derivation (of ....),
I am not sure if the original form was still remembered. In most cases rather not.
"Claus" would not be, on any occasion, be addressed as "Nicolaus" , although the derivation
is undoubted. But "Claus" has become a name in its own right centuries ago, like many others.

Female names

Abel
Abelone
Adelheid
Agathe
Agnes
Alwine
Amalia
Anna
Apollonia
Beek, Beck(e)
Bertha
Caecilie
Carolina
Catharina
Charlotte
Christina
Dorothea
Deesche

Eddel
Elisabeth
Elsche
Emma
Engel
Esther
Eva
Fieken
Frauke
Frieda
Friederike
Geesche(n)
Gertrude
Greth(je)
Hanna
Hed(e)wig
Heinke
Helene
Helke
Hoebke
Ida
Johanna
Judith
Juliane
Lina
Lena
Louise
Lucia
Magdalena
Margaretha
Maria
Marjen
Marlene
Martha
Metta
Rebecca
Sielke
Sophia
Stina
Tale, Taleke
Tepke
Telse
Theda
Thrien, Trin
Wieb
Wolber
Zielke

Variations, synonyms, derivations 

Abelke. Of Abellona or Abigail.
Apollonia ?
Ahlheid, Ahlheit
Agatha
Agnese, Agneta
-
-
Ann, Antje, Antge, Anke
Abellone ?
Rebecca
Berta
Cielke, Si(e)lke, Zielke
Lina
Thrien, Catrin, Trinke
Lotte
Stine, Stina
Dorthe, Doris, Thea, Dora
-
-
Elsche, Elske, Elise, Lisa, Ilse, Elli, Elsabe(a), Lisbeth
of Elisabeth
Emmi
of Angela
Ester
-
of Sophia, Viktoria
-
of Friederike and Elfriede
Rieke, Frieda
of Gesa
Gardruth, Trude
Margaretha
Johanna, Hanne, Hannchen
-
-
Helena
-
-
Id
je, Ita, Idge
Hanna, Hannchen
-
Julia
Line, of Caroline, Pauline, Eveline
of Magdalena or Helena
Luise
Lucie
Male(h)na, Lena, Len(c)ke, Mallen, Malenke
Grethje, Magreta, Greth(en)
Mari(e)cke
-
Maria Magdalena
Marta
Meta, of Mathilde
Beek(e)
Caecilia, Zielke
Fieken, Sophie
of Christina, Augustine, Ernestine, Justine
of Adelheid
Tep, Tebke
Tilse, Tilsche, Telsche
-
Catharina, Catrin
Wiebke, Wiebge
of Walburga ?
Caecilia, Sielke

Male names 

Adolf
Andreas
Arndt
Asmus
August
Bahne
Balthasar
Bartholomaeus
Bendix
Berend(t)
Boie
Carl
Carsten
Casper
Christian
Christoffer
Claus
Clemens
Conrad
Cord(t)
Delf
Detlef
Di(e)rk
Dix
Drew(e)s
Eggert
Ehler
Eike
Eilert
Elpern
Engel
Erasmus
Ernst
Evert
Fedder
Ferdinand
Fester
Fick
Franz
Fren(t)z
Fried(e)rich
Fritz
Georg
Gerrit
Goerries
Gosch(e)
Gustav
Hans
Harder
Hart(w)ig
Heinrich
Henning
Hermann
Hinrich
Immo
Ingwer
Iver
Jacob
Jasper
Jebe
Jens
Jochim
Johann(es)
Joost
Juergen
Julius
Kasper
Kay, Kai
Ketel
Konrad
Lafren(t)z
Leonhard
Lorenz
Ludwig
Lueder(t)
Martin
Marx
Matthias
Mewes
Michael
Momme
Nicolaus
Niels, Nils
Ocke
Otto
Paul
Peter
Rasmus
Ratje
Rehder
Reimer
Rickert
Rickmer
Rudolf
Schack
Siem, Siemen
Sievert
Stoffer
Suehl
Terkel
Termann
Ties
Timm
Toennies
Vester
Viet
Werner
Wessel
Wil(c)ken
Wilhard
Wilhelm
Willer
Wulf

Variations, synonyms, derivations 

Adolph
Drews, Andre(w)s, Anders
Arendt, Arnold
of Erasmus, Rasmus
-
of Urban
Baltzer, Balster
Bart(h)el, Mewes
Dix, Benedict
Behrend, Bernt
Boye, Boje, Boy
Karl
of Christian
Kaspar, Kasper
-
Christoph(er), Stoffer
Klaus, Clas, Claes
Klemenz
Konrad, Kunert
Kurt, Kort
Detlef
Detlev, Dietloff
of Dietrich
Bendix
Andreas
Eckart, Eckert
Eler, Ehlert, of Eilhard
of Egilhard, Eilhard
of Eilhard and Eilwart
Ilpern
yes, sometimes male
Rasmus, Asmus
Ernest, Arnst
of Eberhard
-
-
Vester, of Sylvester
Vick
of Franziskus
of Lafrenz
Fritz, Frerk
Friedrich
Joerg, Joergen, Juerg(en)
Gerd, Gehrt, Gerhard
Goers, of Gregorius ?
Goetz, Gotsch
-
-
-
-
Hinrich, Henneke
Henn
Harm, Harmen
Heinrich, Hinnerk
Emmo
Ingwar, Ingver
-
Jakob
Jesper
-
Jans
Joachim, Jochen
Hannes
Jobst, Johst, of Jodocus
Juern, Joern, Georg, Joerg(en)
-
Casper
Cai
Ketil
Kunert, Conrad
Fren(t)z
Lennert, Lennart
Laurenz, Lafrenz
Lotz, Lutz, Louis
Luehr, of Lothar and Ludger
Marten, Merten
Marcus, Mars
Tews, Thewes, Thies, Ties
of Bartholomaeus
Micheel, Cheel
-
Nikolaus, Niklas, Nickel, Nicolai
of Cornelius
-
Otte, Ott
-
Peer, Piet, Pidder
Erasmus
Rathje, Ratke

Reimert, Reimar, Remmert, Rembert
Richard
of Richmar
Rudolph, Roloff
of Jacques, Jacob
Simon
of Siegwart
Christoffer
Suel
-
-
of Matthias

Timke, Tymme
Toenjes, of Antonius
Fester, of Sylvester
-
-
of Werner
of Wilhelm
of Willehard

Wilm, Wilke, Willi
of Willehard
Wolf