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Subject: Re: Dutch names - for Larissa, or anyone else who knows . . .
Author: Mirjam   (guest, 195.241.97.104)
Date: March 26, 2004 at 10:56:39 AM
Reply to: Dutch names - for Larissa, or anyone else who knows . . . by Chrisell
I'm from Holland, so you'd think that I should know... but I don't.
Liesbeth and Marjan are pronounced LEES-bet and MAR-yahn, and I have never heard names pronounced LYZ-beth and MY-ann.

Also, about the "called name"-thing. It is true that it it quite common in Holland (though less so than it used to be) to have a "called name" that is different from your birth names. Sometimes it doesn't even look like it at all. You often see BAs like this (especially among more "tradional" people):

Johannes Petrus Hendrikus

We call him Niels.

I am not a fan of this...

I'd like to add that most people in Holland do NOT have 3 of 4 "christian" names, most people have 2 names, just like most people in America. I believe that catholic people generally get more names than protestant or non-religious people, but I might be wrong about that. Most people in Holland are not christian at all, so it would be strange for them to have "christian" names...

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