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Subject: Dutch names - for Larissa, or anyone else who knows . . .
Author: Chrisell   (guest, 211.29.213.59)
Date: March 25, 2004 at 8:09:13 AM
I have family in the Netherlands, and two of my first-cousins-once-removed have names which I've heard spoken but never seen written down. The pronunciations are:

MY-ann
LYZ-beth

How would they be spelled? Would they be Marjan and Liesbeth (my guesses)?

Also, a few years ago, I met a Dutch backpacker here in Australia. The name she gave was Marjolein, but her real name was Maria Anna Josephine. She explained that Marjolein was her "called" name (the name she was called) and was her official name even though it didn't appear on her birth certificate, passport etc. Is this a common naming tradition, and can you explain it better?

Thanks!

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