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10 Oldest Dutch Names Inspired by the Monarchs of Frisia, Holland, Zeeland, and Netherlands

10 Oldest Dutch Names

We have created for you a list of 10 oldest Dutch names Inspired by the Monarchs of Frisia, Holland, Zeeland, and Netherlands.

 

Jan

Name meaning: Blessed by God, graced by God. Can also mean ‘angel’ or ‘spirit’.

Historical reference: Jan I, Count of Holland (1296-1299).

Name variations: John, Jaan, Ioan, Johan, Evan, Jinn, Yonas.

 

Joanna

Name meaning: Graced by God, angel, or spirit.

Historical reference: Joanna of Valois, Countess Consort of Holland and Zeeland (1305-1337).

Name variations: Joan, Johanna, Jeanne, Joanne, Ioanna.

 

Willem

Name meaning: Strong desire to protect, boisterous defender, frenetic protector.

Historical reference: Willem I, Count of Holland (1203-1222).

Name variations: William, Bill, Billem, Liam, Wilhelm, Guildhelm.

 

Dirk

Name meaning: Ruler of the people, true ruler, world ruler. Can also mean ‘to darken’ or ‘dagger’.

Historical reference: Dirk (or Durk) I, Count of West Frisia (896-939).

Name variations: Diederik, Theodoric, Teodor, Durk, Diderik, Dietrich.

 

Floris

Name meaning: Prosperous, flourishing. Can also mean ‘the best part of something’.

Historical reference: Floris I, Count of Holland (1049-1061).

Name variations: Flori, Florentius, Florent, Florenz.

 

Margaretha

Name meaning: Pearl.

Historical reference: Margaretha I of Avesnes, Countess of Holland and Zeeland (1345-1356).

Name variations: Margaret, Greta, Grietje, Margot, Margriet.

 

Pieter

Name meaning: Steady as a rock, hard as a rock.

Historical reference: Pieter of Holland, son of Count Floris I (11th century).

Name variations: Peter, Piet, Pier, Piter.

 

Bertha

Name meaning: Shining, sparkling, bright.

Historical reference: Bertha of Holland, daughter of Count Floris I of Holland, Queen Consort of France (1072-1092).

Name variations: Berta, Bertrada, Berthe.

 

Catharina

Name meaning: Pristine, unspoilt, pure.

Historical reference: Catharina of Holland, daughter of Count Floris V of Holland (13th century).

Name variations: Catherina, Katherine, Carine, Catelijne, Katrina, Kate, Nienke.

 

Witte

Name meaning: Bright, fair, white, light.

Historical reference: Witte of Haemstede, Lord of Haamstede Castle in Zeeland (1282-1321), son of Count Floris V of Holland.

Name variations: Witto, Witt, Dewitte, Witter, Wittek, Vitte.

 

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