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

November 30, 2010 Pamela Redmond

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

Exotic Names More Popular There

Wow, Did You Ever Hear That One?

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show of the same name.

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