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User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 838 times:

Because I'm woefully ignorant of the German language, I need some help with....a boat name!

My parents just bought a 31 foot fishing boat and they are looking for a name.

They've retired to the Florida Keys, but a few years ago they sailed all the way around the world in a 43 foot sailboat. It took them 8 full years (they stopped alot!) and the boat's name was LEBENHO , which as I understand it is a portion of a toast that in English translates "To Life!" or "The Good Life"(it might be a bastardization of a larger phrase, not sure.)

They're considering naming this new powerboat LEBENHO as well, but my dad (obviously of German heritage) thinks that name needs to be "retired with honors" as it were. So we need a cool German word or phrase to name the second boat.

What are some German translations for words like "sleek", "fast", "shark", "barracuda"...or can you recommend some ideas?


Thanks for the help!

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User currently offlineZauberfloete From Austria, joined Nov 2000, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 801 times:

As I´m from austria, my mothertongue is german.
"LEBENHO" is a word I never heard before. I don´t think it´s german. "Leben" is the german word for "Life", but Lebenho is not a word I´m afraid.
But maybe the word Lebenho exists and I never heard of it. But I doubt that.

The german translations of some words:
("english" = "german")

"Fast" = "Schnell"
"Shark" = "Hai"
"Barracuda" = "Barrakuda"(one can eventually use "Seehecht")
"sleek" = "Glatt"

Most ships with a german owner where having names of persons or landscapes, or in rare cases, mottos. For example great ships (dreadnoughts) of the austrian royal navy (an austrian navy existed till 1918) where called "SMS Prinz Eugen", "SMS Admiral Tegetthoff" and "SMS Viribus Unitis" ("viribus unitis" was the motto of the austrian emperor, and means "with united forces").
An abstract word to name a vessel is not very common I think. Names of persons are most common.

I can, however, suggest some words that are probably apropriate:
"Seeadler" that means Sea-Eagle (bird)
"Pelikan" means "Pelicane" (bird)
"Seemöwe" means "Seagull" (bird)
"Greif" means "Griffin" (a fantasy creature used in heraldic designs)
"Hecht" means "pike" (a fish)
"Albatros" (a huge sea bird)
"Kondor" (a south american vulture)
"Falke" means "falcon"
"Leopard" means leopard, a cat
"Luchs" means lynx, a cat
"Tiger" means tiger, a cat

Maybe ontherone finds some more names.

By the way:
I spent two years ago a great vacation on the florida keys, in the Cheeca Lodge, Islamorada.




User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 789 times:


I've never heard of "LEBENHO" before either. As Zauberfloete mentioned Leben means Life. Lebenho rather sounds like Spanish.

Möwe, Hecht, Kondor or Bismarck would be nice names I think.

Rgds,
B737-700


User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 785 times:

Bismarck - hmm, the average American would probably ask himself why that boat is named after the capital of one of the Dakotas...

As you mention "Lebenho" might be the bastardisation of something: Lebe hoch (as an imperative verb form) or Lebehoch (as the corresponding noun; the "Lebehoch"; a Lebehoch"; a "Lebehoch" to you etc.) come to mind. It´s usually part of a birthday toast - the actual translation would be "live high" - nothing to do with the high life or anything.

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 779 times:
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Name it "Der Zorn Gottes" -- God's Wrath, "Die Wurstchen" -- The Little Sausage, "U-666," or better yet, "Das Boot."

User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 778 times:

How about these ones:

Flinke Feder (speedy feather)
Seegleiter (sea glider)
Wasserratte (water rat)
Wellenspalter (wave splitter)
Mercedes Benz (Japanese automobile  Big grin )
Pfeil des Ozeans (arrow of the ocean)
Oktoberfest (festival of beer)
Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitaensbootchen (boat of a captain of the Danube steamboat company)
Schlaraffensegler (paradise sailboat/glider)

Anything inspiring?

Regards

Ikarus


User currently offlineHepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 775 times:

I think Lebenho was probably an attempt at Leben + Wohl (Life + Well), ie. the good life.

User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 776 times:

Thanks for the suggestions. Alas most are a tad too "overdone" for a mere fishing boat (Bismarck!? For what purpose, striking terror in the hearts of tuna!? hehehehe)

I think Daniel hit it right on the head about "Lebenho" ....an English modification of the "live high" toast. In any case it was a name that graced the stern of a boat that served my parents well....across three oceans and a sea , through storm and serenity...

Thanks again for the ideas. We're trying to come up with something cool but not tacky (like Sea You Later or some chucklehead thing like that!)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 770 times:

How about


"Prost!" (cheers! or whatever you say when drinking beer /wine /alcohol)

or

"Gesundheit!" (literally "health", but said when people sneeze)

or

"Gruessgott" (Bavarian way of saying hi - it mixes "god" and "greet" and apparently, the historic reason is an attempt to say "may god greet (=smile upon) you", but it's shortened to a mere two-syllable thingy)

or

Gerhard Schroeder (won't scare a tuna. might attract sharks, though!)

or better yet:

Joschka Fischer (German foreign minister. His name, translated, is "Joschka fisherman")

Regards

Ikarus


User currently offlineSkyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 755 times:

Though I don't speak German, after reading all of th suggestions to me the one that sounds good is "Seeadler". What do you think Heavymetal?

User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 755 times:

I thought about that too....there is (or was) an enourmous Italian-built superyacht that used to be based in FLL named Adler. I always thought it was someone's name, or a company name. Now the mist clears.

Seeadler is a cool name, but we'd probably just use the English, Sea Eagle, if we went that way. My folks have never been about giving a boat a name that's something more grandiose than what it is, though. We've seen too many chintzy cabin cruisers named 'Queen Mary' to go that route. 'Sea Eagle' would be a great speedboat name, or even a large, fast sailboat.

Somehow something involving 'schnell!' might be cool. They got the boat after all to get them out into the Gulf Stream "schnell!".

Komet is cool, but there'd be too much 'Why'd ya spell it that way!"

I'm investigating some of the local history and some boat names that have historical signifigance. For a million nonexistent dollars, anyone know who owned the PILAR?

Little quiz for ya!


User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 738 times:


You like Pan Am? What about the Clipper names of their German fleet:
Clipper Speeathen,
Clipper Flotte Motte,
Clipper Langer Lulatsch,
Clipper Dufte Biene,
Clipper Schräger Otto,
Clipper Luftikus,
Clipper Wuchtbrumme,
Clipper Düsendroschke,
Clipper Berliner Luft,
Clipper Knorke,
Clipper Sausewind,
Clipper Berliner Bär,
Clipper Berliner Weiße.

All rather unique for a plane (or a boat for that matter).

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineDragogoalie From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 1220 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 736 times:

How bout the Leberkase  Big grin Man, I would almost kill (almost) for one of those right now. I spent 6 years in Bad Aibling and would love to go back to germany..I am an American, but Bavaria feels more like my home than anywhere here, especially Minnesota.

--dragogoalie-#88--



Formerly known as Jap. Srsly. AUSTRALIA: 2 days!
User currently offlineZauberfloete From Austria, joined Nov 2000, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 726 times:

"Somehow something involving 'schnell!' might be cool. They got the boat after all to get them out into the Gulf Stream "schnell!"."

Hmm...soem Idea:
How about a greek name instead of a german one:
ARGOS
If I remember it correct, that was the vessel Iason and the ARGOnauts used in the greek saga.
You know, the guys searching for the golden fleece, Iason, Heracles, Casthor and Pollux etc...; they travelled arround the mediteranean sea with that ship.

And if I remember that right, the word ARGOS meant: "Fast Boat" or "Fast Ship"

That would be a cool name for a fast boat....you could be an "argonaut", racing with same marlins along the keys - pretty cool.

But than again, seeadler or sea eagle would also be nice.


User currently offlineFDXmech From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3251 posts, RR: 34
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 698 times:

I suggest a name with a sea faring flavor such as "The Nautical" or something rich in history like the "Sea Witch". But perhaps a compromise of both these names might strike a balance....."The Nau-Sea".......


You're only as good as your last departure.
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 669 times:

Bismark...why would anybody name their state capitol after a jelly filled doughnut?


OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineTwa902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3122 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 662 times:

Florida Keys are the best. I have been there at least 10 times for no fewer than a week at a time. one if not THE favorite spot on earth for me.

twa902



life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
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