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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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. DionHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "child of heaven and earth"
    • Description:

      In ancient Greece, a student of Plato; in modern America, a cool guy.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. RubenHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "behold, a son"
    • Description:

      International variant of Reuben that is actually much more popular than the original in the US.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. XaviHeart
    • Origin:

      Catalan diminutive of Xavier, Basque or Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "new house or bright"
    • Description:

      This nickname was given often enough as a standalone to land it in the Top 1000 from 2010—2013.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.