Dutch Names: What’s new in the Netherlands
By Linda Rosenkrantz
The list of popular Dutch baby names is certainly a fascinating mix. In addition to names that are currently well-liked around the globe, like Liam and Noah, and Emma and Ella, there are the Dutch versions of classic names (Roos for Rose and Saar for Sarah), plus a few names that wouldn’t go over well elsewhere (girl names Pip and Puck). But what distinguishes the Dutch list most of all is the preponderance of one-syllable nickname names that are unique to their nomenclature.
Here are some of the most interesting names for girls and boys that are popular in the Netherlands.
AYA—#790 in the US, 89 in Spain, multi-cultural
EVI—#11 in the Netherlands in 2015
LIV—means ‘life’, associated with Liv Tyler (named for Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann), used by Julianne Moore and Bar Rafaeli for their daughters, character in ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and “iZombie’, #675 in the US, #16 in the Netherlands, 375 on NB
MARIT—means ‘pearl’, #305 in Germany
MEREL—means ‘blackbird’, a Top 100 name in the Netherlands
VEERLE–#68 in the Netherlands, Veerie is also popular
DAAN—The Number 1 boy name in the Netherlands in 2016
FLORIS—A royal boy name in the Netherlands, where it ranks at #42
JORIS—A Top 100 name in both the Netherlands and Germany
MILAN—A place name now ranked at #463 in the US, it is much further up in the Netherlands, where it’s #5. A notable bearer is Czech writer Milan Kundera, author of ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’, while another writer, Salman Rushdie,chose it for his son, as did singer Shakira and footballer Gerard Pique.
STIJN—another short form of longer names—Constantijn and Augustijn—ranks at #12 in the Netherlands
Any of these Dutch names appeal to you?
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on August 21st, 2018 at 12:55 pm
I have a soft spot for nickname names for girls, and quite like many of these! Evi, Fenna, Isa, Liv, Marit, Sanne and Senna.
on August 21st, 2018 at 4:45 pm
Aya, Veerie, Baz, and Jorgen are far from popular in the Netherlands. My husband (who is Dutch) had never even heard of Djonno until now. Sounds like a lower-class made-up name, but it is not at all well-known or used in the Netherlands.
on August 22nd, 2018 at 12:26 pm
What TDay says is so true! I am Dutch, and I haven’t heard of Djonno either.
on August 24th, 2018 at 10:08 pm
So weird seeing my name on a list but I am loving it!
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