-chen

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-chen is a High German diminutive suffix used to create diminutive forms of names.

It derives from the Germanic diminutive suffixes -ka/-ko which in Old High German changed to -cha. Then it merged with another Germanic diminutive -īn (see also -lein) and became -chīn/-chin/-chen in Middle High German and -kīn/-kin in Old Saxon (-ken in younger Low German and Frisian).

In the Nordic countries, -chen is sometimes also used as a creative spelling -ken.

A Dutch variant form is -je.

List of Names with the suffix -chen