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June 14th, 2014 05:20 PM #1Senior Member
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Dutch names that work in England?
So long story short, my wife is Dutch. When we got married she moved to England to be with me, so I thought a nice way of honouring her country would be to give our upcoming baby a Dutch name! I love the Dutch language and Dutch names, so I thought this would be easy, but I'm struggling, since the name obviously needs to work in England. I've looked through some lists of Dutch names, but so far the only possibility I've come across is Sanne (for a girl), and I'm not totally sure about that... the one thing I'm a real stickler about with names is that they have to be logical to pronounce (nobody could ever pronounce my name when reading it, when I was growing up, and it bugged me a lot) so a Dutch spelling of an English name isn't really appealing to me.
We don't know if the baby is a boy or a girl, either. So does anyone have any suggestions of Dutch names that wouldn't be totally cruel to give to an English kid?
June 14th, 2014 06:32 PM #3
I've made some rather long list and I hope that you can use some of them. I speak Danish (a little similar to Dutch when pronouncing words) so I might have an easier time saying some of these.
Anika // Annika
Gaia Eleanor | Aurora Melody |Proud Auntie/cousin to;
Smilla (6-5-09), Noah (29-5-10), Silke (23-8-11), Sophia (18-11-11), Victoria (13-8-13) & Alex (18-12-14)
Loved namesHenry Oliver | Laurel Maria | Ianto Lior | Bobbie Frances | Cecil Oswald |
June 14th, 2014 06:55 PM #5
One of my favourite Dutch girls names is Saskia (the wife of artist Rembrandt). I knew a Dutch woman named Marieke which would be fine too. Other names that are used in the Neitherlands and which would work well in England are Anneke, Anouk, Beatrix, Catharina, Femke, Madelief, Hanna, Hendrika, Janneke, Petra, Sofie and Marlies. For a boy, there is Bram, Willem, Floris, Adriaan, Alfons, Bastiaan, Casper, Dirk, Fabian, Frans, Frederik, Gerrit, Hugo, Ivo, Vincent, Jakob, Justus, Karel, Marius, Pieter and Stefan.All the best,
June 14th, 2014 07:23 PM #7
Hi, I'm Dutch and this is actually rather a coincidence since I opened a thread last night or so asking about which Dutch names that I like would survive elsewhere and basically it was 'no don't do that' all around, so those names I suggested there won't work.
The one name that did seem to work was a girls name:
I'm a bit wary about certain English sites with Dutch names since they do not always seem to be a genuine representation of what Dutch names we actually give or even used to give our children here.
So what I think I can suggest, for girls:
Anouk - it's supposed to be French apparently but since it really took off here since the 80s, so it's Dutch enough
Carice - the main namesake is Dutch and it is a composed name in reality so that would make this name "Dutch"
Esmée - not actually Dutch, but it has been a stable top 100 name for roughly 25 years now which means like with the name Anouk, it took off here first, also that double 'e' makes it look and sound Dutch
Fenna - this one is truly Dutch and I don't think it is even possible to mess this one up, a bit like Emma in that sense.
Noor - I've seen people suggest this on this forum, so this one should be fine?
Isabeau - both Isa and Beau are very popular here and also this combo of the two is in the top 500
If you want to make it really easy in terms of pronunciation and also truly Dutch and modern go with Fenna. I always see Saskia suggested but it's honestly dated beyond repair so I wouldn't be suprised if that's either your wife's name and that she would therefore not consider it (or totally consider it for that reason) or associate it with classmates or mothers of classmates.
Casper/Jasper - claiming
Lars/Niels - technically Scandinavian but have worked very well here so would feel very natural
Bart - Simpsons but will feel Dutch
In terms of boys names I think Floris and Willem are the easiest and most real Dutch picks.