Germanic Background

The history of Germanic peoples, sometimes called Teutonic or Gothic, goes as far back as 1700 BC, an era called Nordic Bronze Age. Settling mainly in Northern Europe and speaking Germanic languages, these tribal groups were considered less civilized and more physically hardened than their rivals – Celtic Gauls, and described as fierce combatants without effective combat strategy. Nowadays, modern Germanic peoples include Scandinavians, Germans, Alemannic Swiss, Lichtensteiners, Luxembourgers, the Dutch, Flemings, Afrikaners, Frisians and the English. As a part of the Indo-European language family, the most widely spoken Germanic languages in present are German and English – 300-400 million speakers. Others include Dutch, Afrikaans, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic and Faroese. With such variety of language potential, Germanic ancestry gives parents all over the world the chance to choose a child’s name of profound etymology, linguistically established through time, and currently used in the most widely spoken languages around the world.