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Dutch Baby Names for Boys

Dutch Baby Names for Boys
Dutch boy names are uncommon in the US, where we’re mainly familiar with them via notable bearers of Dutch names such as Willem Dafoe and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. So far, these figures have done little to inspire American parents in the way of baby names — only a small number of boys are given their names each year.

Along with Willem, the most common Dutch names for boys in the US include Bram, Sander, and Gerrit. The most popular Dutch boy names in the Netherlands include Daan, Sem, Luuk, and Noud.

Also include on this list are names such as Hugo, Olivier, Xavi, and Boris, which have origins outside of the Netherlands yet rank among the country’s Top 100 baby names. Browse our collection of stylish Dutch baby names for boys, below.

Dutch Boy Names

HugoHeart

  • Origin:

    Latinized form of Hugh
  • Meaning:

    "mind, intellect"
  • Description:

    Hugo, the Latin form of Hugh, has more heft and energy than the original -- and of course we love names that end (or begin, for that matter) with an o. This one is especially appealing because it's backed up by lots of solid history and European style.

LucaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Luke and Lucas
  • Meaning:

    "man from Lucania"
  • Description:

    If there was once a bias against this charming and venerable Italian name for possibly sounding too feminine, consider it gone. Since Luca entered the boys’ names U.S. popularity list in 2000, it has shot up in popularity. It's one of the top Italian baby names in the US and a popular choice throughout Europe as well.

CasperHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch form of Jasper, Persian
  • Meaning:

    "bringer of treasure"
  • Description:

    This ancient name, also spelled Caspar, is finally shedding its ghostly image and moving into the 21st century. Popular in the Netherlands and Scandinavia, where it's sometimes shortened to Cas, Casper could ride the style coattails of cousin Jasper. Casper was one of the Three Magi who brought gifts to the infant Jesus along with Melchior and Balthasar.

AbelHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "breath"
  • Description:

    Abel, the name of Adam and Eve's unfortunate younger son, compensates with positive connotations: capable, competent, ready and willing.

DionHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "child of heaven and earth"
  • Description:

    In ancient Greece, a student of Plato; in modern America, a cool guy.

LarsHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian from Latin Laurentius
  • Meaning:

    "crowned with laurel"
  • Description:

    Lars is a perfect candidate for a cross-cultural passport: it has been heard often enough here to sound familiar and friendly, yet retains the charisma of a charming foreigner.

FlorianHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "flowering"
  • Description:

    If Flora and Florence have returned full force, Florian, with its trendy Latinate ending, could also have a chance. Popular in Germany, Austria and Switzerland -- he was the venerated patron saint of those in danger from water and of firefighters -- might sound a tad feminine and floral to English speakers. But as a middle name, Florian could be a great way to honor grandma Florence (or any other flower name).

BoazHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "swiftness"
  • Description:

    Now that such Old Testament patriarchs as Elijah and Moses fill the playground, Boaz seems downright baby-friendly, having more pizzazz than many of the others, perhaps as a successor to Noah.

BramHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch variation of Abraham
  • Meaning:

    "father of multitudes"
  • Description:

    Bram has an unusual measure of character and charm for a one-syllable name; it started as a hipper-than-Abe diminutive of the biblical Abraham, but is also an independent Irish and Dutch name, made famous by Irish-born Dracula creator Bram (nee Abraham) Stoker. Bram is currently Number 16 in the Netherlands; Bram Howard was a character on The West Wing.

FabianHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin clan name
  • Meaning:

    "bean grower"
  • Description:

    Fabian is the ancient name of a saint and pope that also has Shakespearean cred as Olivia's servant in Twelfth Night and more recently made an appearance in Harry Potter. In the U.S. Fabian became best known via the 1960s teen idol/singer who went solely by his first name.

RoanHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Rowan
  • Meaning:

    "little redhead"
  • Description:

    Warm-hued spelling spin on Rowan that was chosen by Sharon Stone for one of her three young sons.

RubenHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "behold, a son"
  • Description:

    International variant of Reuben that is actually much more popular than the original in the US.

CoenHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch diminutive of Coenraad
  • Meaning:

    "bold advisor"
  • Description:

    Like many short forms now popular as full names in the Netherlands, Coen—also spelled Koen—originated as the diminutive of the more old-fashioned Coenraad, the Dutch Conrad. May be confused in the US with Cohen, which stems from the Jewish surname designating a priest.

StormHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Windswept and dramatic, but perhaps asking for trouble. Quite popular in Denmark and Sweden, where it derives from Stromr, which is a fairly common surname. Storm Thorgerson is a famous bearer of the name - he designed iconic album covers for Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, the Cranberries, Anthrax, and Pink Floyd.

JobHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "persecuted"
  • Description:

    If you focus on the patience of the biblical Job, rather than his trials, the name becomes more usable. He was, after all, the Old Testament hero of the Book of Job, whose faith was severely tested by God but remained faithful. The name was was used by Puritans and Christian fundamentalists and can be found in the novels of Dickens, George Eliot and Robert Louis Stevenson..

SvenHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian
  • Meaning:

    "youth"
  • Description:

    Especially for parents of Scandinavian descent, Sven is an accessible and attractive name with an appealing mix of strength and swagger. It comes from the ancient Swedish tribe, the Sviars, who gave their name to Svealand, which later morphed into Sweden.

MilanHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian place name or Slavic
  • Meaning:

    "gracious, dear"
  • Description:

    As Mila rises for girls, so Milan is becoming a more popular option for boys, especially after singer Shakira chose it for her son. After a 55-year hiatus, it reentered the Top 1000 in 2013 and is heading dramatically upward.

LexHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Alexander
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    Cool short form of Alexander, fresher than Alex and less trendy than Xander... for now.

MaximHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Maximus
  • Meaning:

    "greatest"
  • Description:

    Although often connected to the men's magazine title, Maxim is a chic and powerful name for a little boy. It's proving moderately popular too, having been in the Top 1000 in the US since the year 2000.

JoahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "brother of God"
  • Description:

    Joah is a simple but obscure Biblical name, the name of four men in the Old Testament. Joah could be the perfect way to honor Grandpa Joe, or might be seen as a streamlined alternative to Josiah. Joah has so much basic appeal, in fact, that it just might be the next Noah.

JohannesHeart

  • Origin:

    German, Dutch, Scandinavian, and Estonian variation of John
  • Meaning:

    "God is gracious"
  • Description:

    An Old World name that might have a chance to rise again with other ancient and worldly forms. Be sure to say yo-HAHN-es.

OlivierHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "olive tree"
  • Description:

    More and more frequently heard as the Gallic version of Oliver, Olivier could be seen as a tribute to the great British actor, Sir Laurence O.

WillemHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch variation of William
  • Meaning:

    "resolute protector"
  • Description:

    Common in Holland, the appealing Willem (as in de Kooning and Dafoe) makes William fresh and distinctive.

FlorisHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch variation of Florence, Latin
  • Meaning:

    "flowering"
  • Description:

    This Dutch favorite was the name of five Counts of Holland and many notable Renaissance artists, including still life painter Floris van Dijck. It is a variation of Florence, which was historically a unisex name.

CasHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Casper, Persian
  • Meaning:

    "Imperial"
  • Description:

    This short-but-strong name is popular for boys in The Netherlands. While Cass is usually a female name in the U.S., it feels just as right for boys.

LucHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "man from Lucania"
  • Description:

    Luc is the sleeker Gallic cousin of Luke, and if you want to know the difference between their pronunciations, just watch Kevin Kline's hilarious description in the film French Kiss. Peter Gabriel and Sean Patrick Thomas picked this version for their sons.

RayanHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "land that is lush and rich in water"
  • Description:

    Popular Arabic name for boys and sometimes girls too, that's also a term of authority in India.

TimoHeart

  • Origin:

    Norwegian, Finnish, German, and Dutch variation of Timothy
  • Meaning:

    "honoring God"
  • Description:

    Popular in its own right in Germany and definitely makes a more intriguing and grownup short form of the classic Timothy than Timmy or even Tim.

SanderHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch and Scandinavian, diminutive of Alexander
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    Sander is a more conventional form of Zander or Xander, heard frequently on its own in Europe. It is now a Top 20 name in Norway, and is also popular in Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands.

BorisHeart

  • Origin:

    Slavic
  • Meaning:

    "to fight"
  • Description:

    Boris is one of the old Russian names being revived by chic Europeans; it hasn't quite made a comeback yet in the U.S., but it does have potential.

PimHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch diminutive of Willem or William
  • Meaning:

    "resolute protection"
  • Description:

    The short, cute Pim is a Top 100 boys' name in The Netherlands though little-known outside that country. But in a family overrun with Williams, Pim could make an original nickname setting a modern child apart from father Will and grandpa Bill.

XaviHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Xavier, Basque or Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "new house or bright"
  • Description:

    This nickname is given often enough as a standalone to land it in the Top 1000.

TygoHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch form of Tycho
  • Description:

    This Dutch form of the ancient Greek saints' name Tycho is in the Top 100 in The Netherlands. While largely unknown in the English-speaking world, it's got a cool sound and ancient roots, which equals a winning choice.

BartHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Bartholomew, Hebrew, "son of the earth"
  • Meaning:

    "son of the earth"
  • Description:

    Permanent property of that devilish little Simpson kid.

KajHeart

  • Origin:

    Danish
  • Meaning:

    "earth"
  • Description:

    Kaj is a name that looks great on paper, but while it's pronounced with to rhyme with rye, it is sure to be pronounced by most people to rhyme with "raj" or, much worse, "Madge".

TeunHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch diminutive of Anthony
  • Description:

    Teun, pronounced like something between ton and tune in English, is one of the most popular boys' names in The Netherlands, consistent with that country's preference for short, simple names. The equivalent of the English Tony, it doesn't travel quite as well as Dutch favorites Sem and Bas do.

VigoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian surname
  • Meaning:

    "settlement"
  • Description:

    Vigo is both an Italian and Spanish surname and a Scandinavian first name. As a place name, it's found in Spain, Italy, England – and Indiana.

JensHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian variation of Johannes or John
  • Description:

    Short but substantial Nordic name that travels well -- although it runs the risk of being confused with all the feminine Jen names.

RafHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Rafael, Spanish variation of Raphael
  • Description:

    Raf is a raffish short form that many a cool boy would love to call his own.

JanHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch variation of John
  • Description:

    Properly pronounced yahn, most Americans will still equate it with the Brady Bunchesque girls' name Jan.

BasHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch, diminutive of Bastiaan and Sebastian
  • Meaning:

    "person from the city of Sebastia"
  • Description:

    Bas is a fashionable name in its own right in the Netherlands, where it's been in the Top 10. Used throughout Europe, it may have a future here as a straightforward-but-charming nickname name. Baz is another, similar and more appealing possibility.

KoenHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch diminutive of Coenraad
  • Meaning:

    "bold advisor"
  • Description:

    A short form popular in the Netherlands, though in the U.S. Koen and Coen are easily confused with Cohen, the Jewish surname meaning "priest" which has recently gained currency as a first name. The Dutch pronunciation is more like "coon."

PuckHeart

  • Origin:

    Literary name
  • Description:

    Puck was Shakespeare's mischievous pixie whose only known real-life incarnation was the insufferable neohippie on an early season of MTV's "Real World." Now, though, the attractive bad boy character on "GLEE" is giving Puck new possibilities, at least as a nickname.

ThijsHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch short form of Matthijs
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Pronounced to rhyme with nice, Thijs is a popular Dutch name short for that country's form of Matthew. Matt Lauer's half-Dutch son is called Thijs.

SemHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch form of Shem, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "name"
  • Description:

    Popular name in the Netherlands that's arguably more attractive than the original Shem, who was one of the biblical sons of Noah. A Sam alternative, though you'll forever be explaining it.

MichaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Micah
  • Description:

    The many names connected more by letter and sound than by root -- Micha, Micah, Mica, Misha, Mischa, Michal, and of course Michael -- can get very confusion, and this variation is sure to cause pronunciation problems in the US. Hard or soft ch? Long or short i? Better stick with Micah, Misha...or Michael.

KeesHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch diminutive of Cornelius
  • Description:

    Has a lot of charm, giving the sense of opening the door to life, and has a creative connection to Dutch artist Kees van Dongen.

LasseHeart

  • Description:

    Lasse is a Top 100 name in Germany and is well used throughout Scandinavia and The Netherlands, but English speakers will have problems with the pronunciation, which is LAH-say. Neither lass nor Lassie would be acceptable manglings.

JariHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Jalmari, Finnish
  • Meaning:

    "helmet protector"
  • Description:

    Sleek modern short form of a classic Scandinavian name.

NielsHeart

  • Origin:

    Danish variation of Nicholas; Dutch diminutive of Cornelius
  • Description:

    Gives middle-aged Neil a new lease on life.
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