Yes they are really lovely names, and I have heard of neither Katarzyna nor Tadeusz before.
There are some lovely ï¿½old fashionedï¿½ baby names coming back into fashion here, such as Charlotte for girls and Elias for boys, but German Christian names tend towards being conventional any way.
There are fashions as there are in any country, at the moment there seem to be a great many tiny Hannahï¿½s and Maximilianï¿½s, and my youngest son has four friends named Konstantine, so that was obviously the vogue around twenty years ago.
However there is no chance for anyone to have to go through life called Gramophone, Moon Unit, Zowie or Apple here because the name has to be one of which the very strict office of vital statistics, or Standesamt, would approve, which means it has to fit to the sex of the name bearer and it should not cause distress to that child as it goes through life.
As young people that were going to have to live in various different countries my sons have names that fit just about everywhere, with the names of their father and Grandfathers as second and third names, and that is also something that happens frequently in this multicultural world of ours.
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