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Subject: Re: Nienke
Author: Anneza   (Authenticated as Anneza)
Date: May 2, 2007 at 2:19:14 AM
Reply to: Nienke by Evey
It's from the Dutch province of Friesland, in the north. The pronunciation is more like neen-ke, with the ie indicating a high, short i sound as in lip.

To my knowledge it's a short form of Catherina: Rina -> Nina -> Nienke. The -ke ending is a diminutive or affectionate form, like the -kin in lambkin.

Hope that helps!

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