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  5. How many German children have been named Adolf since WWII?
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  17. 21 votes by Bob Toorenaar, Andrew Warinner, Anon User, (more)
  18. Not many, obviously. Hard to get by precise numbers for such a specific question, there is no register or statistics provided by the state on first name popularity.
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  20. See this German non-state source, however [1]: I think you can interpret the figures without Google's translation ('Platz' = place in the ranking).
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  25. The popularity dropped - unsurprisingly - in 1942 and basically vanished from the statistics by 1951. As a more concrete number, there was one child in 2006 (out of a statistical sample of 27,700) which was named Adolf and as a middle name only which is rather unusual to be mentioned in Germany. Germany has between 600,000 and 700,000 new-born children overall per year.
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  27. While the name itself is not banned, there is actually a comparably restrictive law on first names in Germany: [2] 'In order to protect the child, the name must not be absurd or degrading in any way.' Any civil registry office hearing that you want to name your child Adolf would strongly encourage you to rethink and ponder what you would to to your child. However, in the end, they will accept it as it is a valid and legal name.
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  29. On a side note, the German telephone book of 1998 had ca. 75,000 persons named Adolf listed. Should be way fewer by now, I would wager.
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  31. [1] http://www.beliebte-vornamen.de/... (German)
  32. [2] http://www.firstnamesgermany.com...
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