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Hello Janina.
I've seen the boy's name Albert also spelt Albrecht, is Albrecht an old way of spelling it or is it still in use today?
Also is it Rudolf or Rudolph and Carl or Karl?


Hello Mark,

thank you for your question.

Albrecht and Albert are both names that have a common origin in the ancient name Adalbert. So, they are not really different ways of spelling the same name, but rather two different names with a common ancestor. They are also pronounced differently.

On the other hand, Rudolf and Rudolph as well as Carl and Karl are just different ways of spelling the same name. However, I'd say that the varieties Rudolf and Karl would be more common today. This doesn't mean that the other varieties are wrong, just uncommon.

I'd also like to point out that Albrecht, Albert, and Rudolf (Rudolph) have become a bit "out of fashion". Mostly elderly people would have these names.

I hope this helps.

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