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Is it der, die oder das Familienname?


The correct article in German of Familienname is der. So it is der Familienname! (nominative case)

The word Familienname is masculine, therefore the correct article is der.

Finding the right gender of a noun

German articles are used similarly to the English articles,a and the. However, they are declined differently (change) according to the number, gender and case of their nouns.

In the German language, the gender and therefore article is fixed for each noun.

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The most difficult part of learning the German language is the articles (der, die, das) or rather the gender of each noun. The gender of each noun in German has no simple rule. In fact, it can even seem illogical. For example das Mädchen, a young girl is neutral while der Junge, a young boy is male.

It is a good idea to learn the correct article for each new word together - even if it means a lot of work. For example learning "der Hund" (the dog) rather than just Hund by itself. Fortunately, there are some rules about gender in German that make things a little easier. It might be even nicer if these rules didn't have exceptions - but you can't have everything! The best way to learn them is with the App - Der-Die-Das Train! (available for iOS and Android)

German nouns belong either to the gender masculine (male, standard gender) with the definite article der, to the feminine (feminine) with the definite article die, or to the neuter (neuter) with the definite article das.

  • for masculine: points of the compass, weather (Osten, Monsun, Sturm; however it is: das Gewitter), liquor/spirits (Wodka, Wein, Kognak), minerals, rocks (Marmor, Quarz, Granit, Diamant);

  • for feminine: ships and airplanes (die Deutschland, die Boeing; however it is: der Airbus), cigarette brands (Camel, Marlboro), many tree and plant species (Eiche, Pappel, Kiefer; aber: der Flieder), numbers (Eins, Million; however it is: das Dutzend), most inland rivers (Elbe, Oder, Donau; aber: der Rhein);

  • for neutrals: cafes, hotels, cinemas (das Mariott, das Cinemaxx), chemical elements (Helium, Arsen; however it is: der Schwefel, masculine elements have the suffix -stoff), letters, notes, languages and colors (das Orange, das A, das Englische), certain brand names for detergents and cleaning products (Ariel, Persil), continents, countries (die artikellosen: (das alte) Europa; however exceptions include: der Libanon, die Schweiz …).

German declension of Familienname?

How does the declension of Familienname work in the nominative, accusative, dative and genitive cases? Here you can find all forms in the singular as well as in the plural:

1 Singular Plural
Nominative der Familienname die Familiennamen
Genitive des Familiennamens der Familiennamen
Dative dem Familiennamen den Familiennamen
Akkusative den Familiennamen die Familiennamen

What is the meaning of Familienname in German?

Familienname is defined as:

[1] of the members of a family part of the (full) name

[1] der den Mitgliedern einer Familie gemeinsame Teil des (vollständigen) Namens

How to use Familienname in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Familienname with translations in English.

[1] In der westlichen Kultur steht der Familienname meist hinter dem Vornamen.

[1] In western culture, the family name is mostly behind the first name

[1] „Auf dem Gebiet der Anthroponyme dominieren mit großem Abstand die Untersuchungen zu den Personennamen und den Familiennamen.“

[1] "In the field of anthroponyms, the studies on the personal names and the family name" dominate at a great distance "

[1] „Ihm fiel auf, dass manche Gäste seinen Familiennamen nicht mit der französischen Endbetonung aussprachen, sondern mit der schlichten angelsächsischen.“

[1] "He noticed that some guests did not speak his family name with the French final emphasis, but with the simple Anglo -Saxon people"

[1] „Wie groß der Druck auf die Familien in Groß Döbern gewesen ist, den Familiennamen zu ändern, lässt sich heute nicht mehr rekonstruieren.“

[1] "How big the pressure on the families in Groß Döbern was to change the family name can no longer be reconstructed today"

[1] „Wollte sie mich beschimpfen, nannte sie mich beim Familiennamen meines Vaters.“

[1] "She wanted to insult me, she called me to my father's family name"

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