Category: European boys’ names

10 Boys’ Names We Should Steal

European baby boy names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

In this global culture, many of the same boys’ names are popular in both Europe and the US: Noah, Jacob, and William, for instance. But there are other names that seem to flourish there while going largely ignored here. Not every European name can make it in America, but here are ten we consider ripe for appropriation:

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Dutch Boys’ Names: From Ho-Hum to Whoa!


The complete list of Dutch boys’ names from 2009 is full of surprises.

There are the short, clipped boys’ names that are popular in the U.S. and widely used in the Netherlands, too, with such ethnically discordant choices as Finn and Levi ranking especially high, and nickname names such as Joey, Jordy, Mike, Nick, and Rick also in vogue.

Then there are the names that are familiar but relatively rare in English-speaking lands, from Bart to Dion to Guido. Milan, Ruben, and Bram, among this group, are some of the top boys’ names in the Netherlands – certainly startling to an outsider.

And then there are the many boys’ names that are widely used in the Netherlands and virtually unknown outside that country. Daan, the #1 name, is a form of Dan, but ever heard of Sem? Gijs, Rens, or Timo?

Most popular Dutch names, whether seemingly adopted from 1950s American sitcoms or native to Holland, feel abbreviated, with an occasional diversion to the Latinate (Giovanni) and the plain old Latin (Floris and Adrianus).

Here, popular Dutch boys’ names.

Familiar Names Popular in the Netherlands

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