Dutch Names

Male Names
  • Alexander (Greek) - Defending men [Dutch, English, German, Hungarian and Slovak speaking countries]

    Anglicised version of the Greek name Alexandros.

    Alexander appears in the Bible as the one who helps Jesus bear the cross on the journey to Calvary.

    Alexander the Great was an ancient Macedon king. Greece was unified by his

  • Anders (Greek) - Man, warrior [Danish, Dutch, English, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    Variant of Andreas used in Scandanavia, in Frisian and in some Dutch dialects.

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen is the current Prime Minister of Denmark, and Anders Celsius was a Swedish astronomer after whom the Celsius temperature scale is named.

  • Andre (Greek) - Man, warrior [Dutch, English, French, German and Portuguese speaking countries]

    André is the French and Portuguese form of Andrew.

    André was the 2nd most popular boy's name in France in the 1910s, 20s and early 30s, and has since declined in popularity. André is currently particularly popular in Norway as a middle name

  • Anton (Latin) - N/A [Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, English, German, Romanian and Russian speaking countries]

    This is the Russian form of Antony.

    The name has been borne by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov and Austrian composer Anton Webern.

  • Arnold (Germanic) - Powerful eagle [Dutch, English and German speaking countries]

    From the Germanic elements 'arn' (eagle) and 'wald' (power, strength).

    Saint Arnold is said to have been a zither player and a member of the court of Charlemagne.

  • Bernard (Germanic) - Bear brave; brave like a bear [Dutch, English, German and Polish speaking countries]

    There have been various saints named Bernard. The St Bernard dogs are named for St Bernard of Menthon who established a hospice on what is now known as the St Bernard Pass. This is the pass over the Pennine Alps of Switzerland and Italy. The dogs were use

  • Coen (Germanic) - Experienced advisor [English speaking countries]

    Coen (more frequently spelled Koen) is used as a independant given name as well.

  • Daniel (Hebrew) - God is my judge [Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Armenian speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Daniel was a Hebrew prophet and the Book of Daniel contains prophecies concerning the future. Daniel was among the Jews who were taken captive in Babylon. He rose to a high position in the Babylonian government by interpreting the ki

  • Eloy (Latin) - Selection [English and Spanish speaking countries]

    Spanish form of late Latin name Eligius.

  • Erwin (Germanic) - Uncertain, possibly friend of the army [Dutch, English and German speaking countries]

    There are several different etymologies concerning the name Erwin. It is often seen as an evolution of the Old High German Herwin (friend of the army), which is a compounding of the elements heri (army) and wine (friend).
    It could also be a form o

  • Hans (Hebrew) - God is gracious [English speaking countries]
  • Herman (Germanic) - Man in the army [English speaking countries]
  • Hubert (Germanic) - Bright mind; intelligent [English and Polish speaking countries]

    St. Hubert is the patron saint of hunters.

  • Hugo (Germanic) - Mind, heart or spirit [English, French, Spanish and Swedish speaking countries]

    Victor Hugo was a French novelist and poet, famous for 'Les Misérables' and 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'.

    The current President of Venezuela is Hugo Chávez and Hugo Banzer is a former Bolivian president.

    Hugo Grotius, who

  • Lucas (Greek) - Man from Lucania [Dutch, English, French, Persian and Spanish speaking countries]
  • Nico (Greek) - Victory of the people [Dutch and English speaking countries]
  • Paul (Latin) - Small; humble [Dutch, English, French and German speaking countries]

    St Paul was an early Christian missionary. Originally a persecutor of Christians named Saul, who witnessed the stoning of Stephen, he was converted whilst on the road to Damascus, prompting a name change. Paul travelled throughout the Mediterranean teachi

  • Peter (Greek) - Stone [Dutch, English, German and Hungarian speaking countries]

    St Peter was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, and became the first pope of the Church. Peter's original name was Simon, but it was changed by Jesus to the Aramaic name Cephas (rock). Peter is the Greek equivalent of Cephas.

    The first R

  • Richard (French) - Strong power; hardy power [Czech, Dutch, English, French and German speaking countries]

    Richard has always been a very popular name throughout the English-speaking world. It was first imported to England by the Normans, though it is derived from the Germanic elements "ric" (power) and "hard" (strong, hardy). The original form was probably

  • Roosevelt (Dutch) - Field of Roses [English speaking countries]

    Transferred use of the surname; often given in honour of American presidents Theodore Roosevelt or Franklin D. Roosevelt.

  • Ruben (Hebrew) - Behold, a son [Dutch, English, French and Spanish speaking countries]
  • Rudolph (Germanic) - Famous wolf; wolf fame [English speaking countries]

    Although ironic in light of its meaning, very well known in respect to the Christmas tale "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer".

    Famous bearers include movie star Rudolph Valentino (known as "The World Greatest Lover"), politician and former may

  • Ryker (Danish) - Strong power; hardy power [English speaking countries]

    Transferred used from the surname Ryker.

    As a Danish surname, it is the surname form of Richard sometimes used as a given name.

    As a Dutch surname, it is originally a nickname from an agent derivative of Middle Dutch riken (t

  • Schuyler (Dutch) - Guarded; scholar [English speaking countries]

    This name is commonly anglicized as Skyler.

  • Stefan (Greek) - Crown [English speaking countries]
  • Thomas (Aramaic) - Twin [Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    Thomas has been very popular in the UK for several years, staying at second place in 2007. In the US it ranked 51st. St Thomas was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. He is often known as 'doubting Thomas' as he requires proof of the resurrection of Jes

  • Vincent (Latin) - Conquering [Danish, Dutch, English, French and Swedish speaking countries]

    St Vincent of Saragossa is the patron saint of Lisbon.

    St Vincent and the Grenadines is an island chain in the Lesser Antilles, with St Vincent being the largest island.

    Famous bearers include artist Vincent van Gogh and ac

  • Willem (Germanic) - Will, desire + helmet, protection [Dutch, English and Swedish speaking countries]
Female Names
  • Alexandra (Greek) - Defending men [Czech, Dutch, English, German, Greek, Hungarian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak and Russian speaking countries]

    There have been various Alexandras in royalty: Alexandra of Hesse was the wife of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia, Alexandra of Denmark was the wife of British King Edward VIII and Princess Alexandra is a cousin of British Queen Elizabeth II.

  • Annemarie (German) - Fuse of Anna and Maria [Dutch, English and German speaking countries]

    A fuse of Anna and Maria, which gained popularity in German and Dutch speaking countries in the 18th century. This was due to the fact that both Anna and Maria were quite popular and were sometimes given in pairs; so Anna Maria and Maria Anna. This eventu

  • Annika (Hebrew) - Grace; favour [Dutch, English, Finnish and Swedish speaking countries]

    Annika Sörenstam is a successful Swedish professional golfer.

  • Antonia (Latin) - N/A [Dutch, English, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish speaking countries]

    Antonia is the name of the main character in WIlla Cather's landmark American novel, "My Antonia."

  • Astrid (Norse) - God + fair, beautiful [Dutch, English, German, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    Compound name, from the elements 'as', which relates to the Aesir [a group of gods formed around Odin] and 'trud', 'fair' or 'beautiful'. It was the name of one of the Valkyries.

  • Carla (German) - Man [English speaking countries]
  • Carolina (German) - Free man [English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries]

    Feminine form of the Latin Carolus, from the name Charles.
    It is now the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese cognate of the name.

    The states of North and South Carolina in the USA were named after King Charles I of England.

  • Caroline (German) - Free man [Danish, English and French speaking countries]

    French cognate of Carolina. It was borne by Caroline Brunswick, queen consort to King George IV, Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach, queen consort to King George II and by Lady Caroline Lamb, mistress of the poet Lord Byron. "Sweet Caroline" is the name of

  • Celina (Greek) - Moon [English, Italian and Polish speaking countries]

    Polish form of Selene.

    It is also a variant of the French Céline; as well as a diminutive form of the Italian Celia.

  • Clarissa (Latin) - Clear; bright; famous [English speaking countries]
  • Corina (Greek) - Maiden [English speaking countries]
  • Corrie (Greek) - Maiden [Dutch and English speaking countries]

    Diminuative for any feminine name starting with 'Cor' such as Corrine, Coral, Corabel, Cordelia, etc.

  • Diana (Latin) - N/A [Dutch, English, Estonian, German, Spanish and Armenian speaking countries]

    Diana is derived from either an Indo-European root meaning "divine," or from the Latin "diviana," though neither theory is particularly well-sourced.

    Diana was the Roman goddess of the moon who eventually took on the huntress identity of th

  • Elisabeth (Hebrew) - My God is a vow [Dutch, English, French and German speaking countries]

    Usual form of Elizabeth in European languages. It occurs commonly in English-speaking countries.

  • Elise (Hebrew) - My God is a vow [Dutch, English, French, German and Norwegian speaking countries]

    French diminutive of Elisabeth or feminine form of Elisée. Introduced to English-speaking countries in the later half of the 19th century.

    The Lotus Elise is a sports car. Für Elise is a solo piano piece by Ludwig van Beethoven, it is not o

  • Elsie (Hebrew) - My God is a vow [English speaking countries]

    A pet form of Elizabeth.

  • Georgina (Greek) - Earth worker [Dutch, English, German, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries]
  • Hanna (Hebrew) - Grace; favour [African and English speaking countries]

    Hanna is a form of the name Hannah, as well as a name from the Hausa language meaning "joy."

  • Ida (Germanic) - Work [Dutch, English, German, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    Ida is derived from the Greek root "id," meaning "work."

    In Sanskrit it means 'insight' and at the same time refers to planet earth as primary caregiver of all that lives.

  • Isabella (Hebrew) - My God is a vow [Dutch, English, Italian and Spanish speaking countries]

    There have been various queens named Isabella. Isabella of Castile laid the foundations for the unification of Spain, with her husband Ferdinand of Aragon. They reconquered Granada, and patronised Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to America. She w

  • Johanna (Hebrew) - God is gracious [Dutch, English, French, German and Swahili speaking countries]
  • Juliana (Latin) - Down-bearded youth [Dutch and English speaking countries]

    St Juliana of Nicodemia was a Christian martyr of the 4th century, a patron saint of childbirth and sickness, particularly popular in the Netherlands.

    Juliana was also the name of the Queen of the Netherlands from 1948 until her abdication

  • Karin (Greek) - Pure [Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Japanese and Swedish speaking countries]

    As a Japanese name, Karin may be written with the characters for "summer" (ka) and "forest" or "bell" for 'rin' - among other possibilities.

  • Louise (Germanic) - Fame and war [Dutch, English and French speaking countries]

    Louise is a popular feminine form of the name Louis; it is used in all English-speaking and French-speaking countries, and is commonly found across Europe. Louise is a common name in European royal families. Saint Louise de Marillac was born in France i

  • Maria (Hebrew) - Bitter [Catalan, Dutch, English, Estonian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish and Armenian speaking countries]

    Latin form of Mary.
    It arose as a back-formation from the early Christian Greek name Mariam, which was taken as a Latin accusative case, and is ultimately derived from Hebrew Miryam.

    In the English-speaking world, Maria was the writ

  • Nicole (Greek) - Victory of the people [English speaking countries]

    Nicole is a feminine form of Nicholas. Bearers include actress Nicole Kidman, socialite Nicole Richie and singer Nicole Appleton.

  • Odelia (Germanic) - Wealth [Dutch, English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    Odelia can either be a variant of Odila, or a Hebrew name variant of Odeleya, meaning "I will praise God".

  • Rosa (Latin) - Rose [Dutch, English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries]

    Rosa is the Latin name and the name of the genus of the rose plant.

    Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights leader, who famously refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. This sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, wh

  • Rosalinda (Germanic) - Weak, tender or soft horse [Dutch, English and German speaking countries]
  • Sandra (Greek) - Defending men [English and Estonian speaking countries]
  • Susanna (Hebrew) - Lily; rose [English speaking countries]

    From the Greek form of the Hebrew name Shoshanah, traditionally translated as "lily" or occasionally as "rose".

  • Wilhelmine (Germanic) - Will, desire + helmet, protection [Dutch, English and German speaking countries]
Gender Neutral Names
  • Anika (Hebrew) - Grace; favour [Dutch, English, Finnish, Hindi and Swedish speaking countries]

    As a female name the name has origins in Hebrew, Latin and Japanese. In this form it is used in Dutch, Finnish and Swedish. As a male name however, it is Sanskrit in origin and is pronounced slightly different [see second given pronunciation].

  • Anna (Hebrew) - Grace; favour [Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Slovak and Armenian speaking countries]

    In a greater part of the world seen as a Latinate form of Hannah and used on females.

    On the Indian subcontinent it is considered masculine and derived from the Sanskrit, meaning 'grain'. There was also a king of East Anglia named Anna.

  • Jan (Hebrew) - God is gracious [Czech, Dutch, English, German and Polish speaking countries]

    Jan is used as a short form of John in several different languages and is only seen as a unisex name in English.

  • Jordi (Greek) - Earth worker [Catalan, Dutch, English and German speaking countries]

    Jordi can also be a nickname for names such as Jordan or Jordana.