|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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