Why isn't the company called Deutsches Wohnen? It is das Wohnen, neutral, if I'm not mistaken.

Deutsche Wohnen (or Deutsche wohnen, but capitalized because it's a name) would mean for me "Germans live". Deutsches Wohnen would imply for me "German living (standards)".

  • Related: german.stackexchange.com/questions/25180/…
    – David Vogt
    Jun 30, 2019 at 21:43
  • @Eller That is plainly wrong. Jun 30, 2019 at 22:16
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    @Eller It is not only wrong, as Jonathan stated. It is so disturbing that I cannot find sleep any more and would like to ask you to remove that comment. Jun 30, 2019 at 22:48
  • @ChristianGeiselmann I don't see any problem with that interpretation. It could be even a verb if not capitalized.
    – Eller
    Jul 1, 2019 at 5:59
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    Rule of thumb: companies are feminime.
    – peterh
    Jul 1, 2019 at 15:29

4 Answers 4


Proper names don't have to follow grammar conventions.

Aside from that, company names often feature an implicit

die Gesellschaft – the corporation

and die Deutsche Wohnen is no exception. That's why it's feminine.

  • In other words, it is one of the many mannerisms of the real estate business. They have plenty of peculiar words or ways to use words that in a context of normal conversation are simply idiotic. Jun 30, 2019 at 21:46
  • So, it would be something akin to 'Deutsche Wohnengesellschaft', 'German housing society'? Not very expressive, but as inane as "American Apparel" Jun 30, 2019 at 23:16
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    Wie man bei Wikipedia leicht nachlesen kann, ist die Deutsche Wohnen eine Aktiengesellschaft. In der Abkürzung klingt es in der Tat schräg, aber idiotisch ist es nicht. Jul 1, 2019 at 7:47
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    I think that's because it was neuter before, before it became an AG.
    – Janka
    Jul 2, 2019 at 9:38
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    Sorry, no clue then. As I wrote, proper names do not have to follow grammar conventions.
    – Janka
    Jul 2, 2019 at 18:24

The full name is "Deutsche Wohnen AG", where AG means it is based on stocks. AG stands for Aktiengesellschaft (a feminine).

As in the stock market this is obvious, the AG is omitted.

  • What about RWE which is Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG?
    – Eller
    Jul 1, 2019 at 16:35
  • @Annatar My comment (as well as the question) is not about the article but about the adjective. How do you explain why it's "rheinisches" and not "rheinische" although it's an AG too?
    – Eller
    Jul 3, 2019 at 6:40

Actually it's pretty easy why the "Deutsche Wohnen SE" is called this way and it has nothing to do with grammar.

The Deutsche Wohnen was founded in 1998 by the Deutsche Bank.

You see, the subsidiary was named like the parent company the Deutsche Bank. Including all grammar and naming conventions.


Current other subsidiaries following this kind of CI are

Deutsche Asset Management Investment GmbH

Deutsche Australia Limited, Sydney

Deutsche Securities Inc., Tokyo

Deutsche Immobilien Leasing GmbH

Deutsche Familiy Office GmbH

  • This should be the top answer. Deutsche here is used like a brand name in line with the corporate identity of Deutsche Bank, made up by some bankers that didn't really care about the grammatical derivation. Apr 25, 2020 at 23:41
  • NB: Deutsche is not uncommonly used in the U.S., especially in the finance industry, to refer to Deutsche Bank. Mar 16, 2021 at 12:17

I'll assume (unlike other answetrs) that your question is about the gender of "Deutsche" not the gender of the name itself.

Since it's a name, it could be quite arbitrary. And yes, "Deutsche Wohnen" would mean that Germans live.

The full name is "Deutsche Wohnen AG" and in my opinion it's a play of words. One might understand deutsche "Wohnen AG" as in " a stock market oriented property company that happens to be German" or "Deutsche Wohnen" AG as in "A company named 'Deutsche Wohnen' that happens to be an 'AG'". And what is wrong with "Deutsche Wohnen"? I'd even say that "Deutsches Wohnen" would be problmatic since it might imply hostility toward strangers/foreighners and one would need to explain what is German about it and why German is inherently good etc. On the other hand one can't deny that Germans live and that a German property company is somewhat related to that.

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