Dutch Submitted Names
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AAIKEf & mDutch
Diminutive of names beginning with Agi
ACHIELmDutch (Rare), Flemish (Rare)
Dutch form of Achilles
via its French form Achille
. Known bearers of this name include Belgian politician and prime minister Achiel Van Acker (1898-1975), Belgian painter Achiel Van Sassenbrouck (1886-1979) and Belgian cyclist Achiel Buysse (1918-1984).
Literary origin. From the story 'Saïdja and Adinda' in the book 'Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company (Dutch: Max Havelaar, of de koffij-veilingen der Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij' by Multatuli (the pen name of Eduard Douwes Dekker).
AELTJEfDutch (Rare, Archaic)
Obsolescent variant of Aaltje
which had its heyday in the 1600s, resurfaced briefly between the 1930s and the 1960s and is now all but gone.
Generally the Dutch form of Albinus
, but in some instances it can be derived from Albuin
as well. A bearer of this name was the Flemish painter Albijn Van den Abeele (1835-1918).
ALDEm & fDutch (Rare)
Dutch short form of Germanic given names that begin with the element ald
meaning "old" as well as (via metathesis) the element adal
meaning "noble". Also compare Aldo
Diminutive form of Alie
, seeing as the name contains the Dutch diminutive suffix -ke
Dutch form of Aliette
. However, it should be noted that in the Netherlands, there may also be cases where this name is a combination of the Dutch feminine given name Alie
with the French diminutive suffix -ette
ALTOmSpanish, Portuguese, English, Italian, German, Dutch
Means "loud, tall, high" in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Means "old, older" in German. From Latin altus
'high, deep, profound'. Possibly influenced by the Portuguese surname that originated as a nickname for a 'big man', or from the English word referring to 'the musical part or section', or the German saint Alto of Altomünster, or as a diminutive or variant of Alton
AMALASWINTHAfAncient Germanic, Dutch, History
Derived from the Germanic elements amal
"work" and Gothic svinths
in Old High German) "strength." This name was borne by a daughter of Theodoric the Great, who became queen of the Ostrogoths after his death in 526 AD.
AMASJAm & fDutch (Rare)
Dutch form of Amaziah
. This name has always been extremely rare in the Netherlands and was also an exclusively masculine name until around the '60s of the 20th century. Around that time, the name also began to be used on females, due to the fact that the name's appearance and pronunciation is quite similar to that of Slavic feminine names like Anja
, all of which were commonly used in the Netherlands at the time.... [more]
AMPLONIAfMedieval Dutch, Dutch (Rare)
Medieval Dutch variant form of Apollonia
. This name has survived to modern times, but barely so, as it is quite rare in the Netherlands these days: in 2014, there were less than 10 living bearers (of all ages) in the entire country... [more]
Name mostly used in the northern region of the Netherlands.
Combination of the names Anne
. Known Dutch bearers of this name include the former field hockey player Anneloes Nieuwenhuizen (b. 1963) and the competitive sailor Anneloes van Veen (b. 1990).
Combination of Anne
with a given name ending in -phine
, such as Josephine
. Also compare Annefien
, which is a different spelling of this name but the more prevalent of the two (even though they are both rare in the Netherlands).
ANTIENfMedieval Dutch, Dutch (Rare)
This given name originated in medieval times as a variant spelling (or even a misspelling) of Antjen
, as the letter 'j' was regularly written as an 'i' in medieval records. The name Antien has since gone on to become a name of its own, in that this particular spelling took hold and also became pronounced just as it was written (i.e. the 'j' was no longer an 'i' in just writing, but also in pronunciation), thus truly making it independent from Antjen
ANTJENfMedieval Dutch, Dutch (Rare)
This name is a variant of Anna
, where the diminutive suffix -tjen
has been added to the name. Since -tjen
is a diminutive suffix that was primarily used in the Middle Ages and has since been replaced by the more modern -tje
, we can actually say that Antjen is the medieval Dutch form of Antje
This name is often a short form of Arnoud
(and other names containing the Germanic element aran
meaning "eagle", such as Arend
) and Eduard
. However, it can also be a short form of Adriaan
, as it is in the case of the Dutch politician and minister Ard van der Steur (b... [more]
Short form of given names containing the Germanic element aran
meaning "eagle", such as Arnolda
. In that respect, one could basically consider it to be the feminine equivalent of Ard
Short form of Ardinus
. In some cases, the name can also be an elaboration of Ard
, which itself is a short form of Arnoud
(and other names containing the Germanic element aran
meaning "eagle") as well as of Eduard
Variant form of Ardina
, of which the spelling and pronunciation was inspired or influenced by French feminine names. However, there are also (rare) cases where it is a Dutch short form of actual French given names, such as Bernardine
ARENDJEm & fDutch
When borne by a female person, this name is a good example of how one can turn a very masculine name (Arend
) into a feminine name by simply adding the diminutive suffix -je
to the original name... [more]
Variant form of Ariaan
. This form ultimately led to the form Arjan
, which since steadily outgrew Arian in popularity and is nowadays by far the most common of the two.
Variant form of Arian
, which may possibly have been inspired by the French name Adrien
in its spelling. This form ultimately led to the form Arjen
, which since steadily outgrew Ariën in popularity and is nowadays by far the most common of the two... [more]
Variant form of Ariën
. The latter was the most popular of the two for many decades, until Arjen
began to rise in popularity in the late 1950s. Arjen eventually eclipsed Ariën and has been the most popular of the two ever since... [more]
Dutch and German variant form of Irmgard
. This is one of the middle names of Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands (b. 1938), who was given this name in honour of her paternal grandmother.
ARNAfMedieval German, Ancient Scandinavian, Old Swedish, German (Rare), Dutch (Rare), Norwegian (Rare), Swedish (Rare), Danish (Rare), Icelandic, Faroese (Rare)
Medieval feminine form of masculine names that begin with either the Old High German element arn-
or the Old Norse elements ari
, all of which are ultimately derived from Proto-Germanic *arnu-
Dutch and German form of Answin
. A known bearer of this name is Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands (b. 1969), who carries the name Aschwin as a middle name, in honour of his maternal grandfather's only brother, Aschwin zur Lippe-Biesterfeld (1914-1988).
Dutch form of Ahasuerus
. One bearer was Willem Anne Assueer Jacob Schimmelpenninck van der Oye (1834-1889), a Dutch baron and politician who was president of the senate of the Netherlands from 1888 to his death.
Derived from Latin auxiliatrix
, which refers to a helper, aide or assistant of the female sex (the masculine equivalent is auxiliator
). The word is ultimately derived from the Latin noun auxilium
meaning "help, aid, assistance"... [more]
AVEmDutch, West Frisian
The origin of this Frisian name is uncertain; it is such a shortened and transformed form of certain names that it is very difficult to tell what the original name(s) must have been. Ave is usually said to be a short form of names that contained the Old Norse element âlfr
in Old High German) "elf" - but this cannot be said with certainty... [more]