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PRONOUNCED: AH-rent (Dutch), AR-ehnt (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish)
OTHER FORMS: Aarend, Aarendt, Aarent, Aerend, Aerendt, Aerendth, Aerent, Aerenth, Arendt
CONTRIBUTOR: Tove on 10/5/2006
Meaning & History
Medieval Dutch and East Frisian form of Arnold
as well as a Scandinavian variant of Arend
. As for the Netherlands: this given name is still in use there today, but it is not as common there as its modern form Arend
Known bearers of this given name include the Danish-Norwegian topographical author Arent Berntsen (1610-1680), the Dutch Golden Age landscape painter Arent Arentsz (1585-1631) and Arent van Curler (1620-1667; later known as Arent van Corlaer), the Dutch founder of what is now the American city of Schenectady (located in the state of New York).