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Dutch/Frisian Names with English Translations

Dutch and Frisian are two completely different languages, so the given names will often be completely different, as will the surnames. If you can determine that your ancestor had a Frisian name, you have narrowed your search to the province of Friesland--or if you can determine that it is Dutch, you have probably eliminated the province of Friesland. Example: My Grandfather was from Friesland. His name was Jenneke; this translated to John. But if he had come from one of the other provinces of the Netherlands his name would have been Johannes or Jan and translated to John. Surname endings are often big clues. Examples: If a name ends with "ma", such as Douwma, or "stra", such as Leenstra, it is probably Frisian. If you aren't sure what part of the Netherlands your ancestors came from, I recommend that you do some study on Dutch and Frisian names. It may help you to narrow your search.

Below you will find a list of Dutch/Frisian given names and their English translations. I have used two lists compiled by others and some additions from my own research to come up with this list. I am not an expert on Dutch/Frisian names so there could be errors. The Dutch/Frisian translations include full names as well as nicknames. In some cases I have mixed the masculine and feminine forms. There are, of course, lots of Dutch/Frisian names that don't seem to have any English translation.

English Translation -- Dutch/Frisian

  • Abel -- Abel
  • Abigail, Abigal -- Abeltje (fem. of Abel)
  • Abraham -- Abraham, Bram
  • Adam -- Adam, Daam
  • Adeline -- Letje
  • Adolph/Adolphus -- Dolf
  • Adrian/Hadrian/Adrienne -- Adriaen, Arien, Adriaantje, Ariaan, Ariaantje, Arie, Adriana, Adriance
  • Agatha -- Aaghie, Aahie, Aagt, Agt,Aechtie
  • Agnes -- Agnietje, Angeniete, Agneta, Anghe, Eike, Ikee, Oetje, Oeycke, Outie, Yke
  • Albert/Albertina -- Aldert, Albertus, Bertus, Tietje, Tientje, Tiletje,Tit
  • Alban -- Albinus
  • Alexander -- Sander
  • Alice -- Aaltje, Aeltje, Aeltie, Adda, Alerta, Daatje
  • Alida -- Alta
  • Ambrose -- Ambrosius, Abros
  • Andrew -- Andreas, Andries, Dries
  • Angelica/Angel/Angelina -- Engel, Engelina, Engeltje Ann, Anna, Annie, Anna, Anneken, Annetje, Tanneken, Tanna,
  • Annachet, Antie, En, Entje, Eyntje
  • Anthony -- Antheunis, Anthonis, Antonius,Theunis, Teunis, Tonjes, Tonnes, Tool, Toon
  • Antoinette/Antonia -- Toontje, Teuntje
  • Arabella -- Beletje
  • Arnold -- Arnoldus, Arent, Arendt, Nol, Aernoudt
  • Arthur -- Aart, Aert, Arte
  • Audrey -- Ethilrede
  • Augustine/Austin -- Augustyn
  • Baldwin -- Boldwijn, Boudeweyn, Boudje, Boele, Bauduyn
  • Balthazar -- Balt, Baltje, Balthazar, Baltrus
  • Barbara -- Barber, Bartje, Berber, Barbel, Barbara
  • Barent -- Barent
  • Bartholomew -- Bartholomeus, Bart, Bartel, Bartelmus, Maas, Meewes
  • Beatrice -- Badeloch, Beatrice
  • Benjamin -- Benjamin
  • Bernard -- Barend, Bernd, Barendt
  • Bernardina -- Dientje, Dina
  • Bertha -- Baertie, Beartie
  • Beverly -- Baefje
  • Boniface -- Bonifaas
  • Bridget -- Brigje, Brecktje, Brechtie, Bregitta
  • Caesar -- Caesar, Casar
  • Casper -- Caspar, Casparus
  • Catherine/Katherine -- Catrijn, Kaat, Katrijn, Tryntje, Trijn, Catharina, Catharyn, Catalyn, Cataline, Catalina,
  • Catalyntie
  • Cecilia/Celia -- Celetje, Celitje, Celia, Seletje, Selie
  • Charity -- Sierrity, Tjaatje, Zjarritjen
  • Charles/Carl/Karl -- Carel, Ceerles, Cheerelz, Karel, Kareltje
  • Charlotte -- Lotje, Tjarels, Sjarel
  • Christian -- Christiaen , Kersten, Korsten, Kris, Krischan, Kruschen, Shaan, Tsassen, Tzisso
  • Christina/Christine -- Christina, Christine, Christyntie, Christyn, Chrescyntie, Styntje, Styntie, Stijntje, Krisje, Kristel,
  • Kristijntje
  • Christopher -- Christoffel, Stoffel, Toff, Toffels
  • Clara/Claire -- Klaar, Klaartje, Clara, Claertje, Claertie
  • Claud/Claude -- Claude
  • Conrad -- Coenraedt, Coenraet, Coenradus, Coenraadt, Coenraad
  • Constance -- Stans
  • Cornelia -- Cheiltje, Kee, Keetje, Neeltje, Cornelia
  • Cornelius -- Case, Cornellis, Cornelis, Kees, Keesje, Koris, Krelis, Krelius, Kors
  • Crispin -- Crispijn
  • Curt -- Coert
  • Cynthia -- Seytie, Sitske, Sytje
  • Daniel -- Daniel
  • David -- David, Daaf, Douwe
  • Debora/Deborah -- Diewertje, Divertje, Dievertje, Diever, Diver
  • Dennis -- Denys
  • Dirk/Derek -- Dirck
  • Dominic -- Dominicus
  • Dora -- Dortchen
  • Dorothy -- Door, Doortje, Dort, Dorothea, Dorathee, Dorothe
  • Edward -- Eduart, Eduwart, Eeltje
  • Egbert -- Egbert, Epje
  • Elbert -- Elbert
  • Eleanor -- Eleanoor, Lenoor
  • Elise -- Lezart
  • Elizabeth -- Elisabeth, Lysbeth, Lysbethje, Beth, Betje
  • Elsie -- Elsje, Uilkje, Oeke
  • Emily/Emma -- Emmmetje, Emmetie
  • Emmanuel -- Emmanuel
  • Enoch -- Enoch
  • Ephraim -- Frem
  • Eustace -- Staats
  • Eva/Eva -- Aetje, Aefje, Eefje, Ifje
  • Ezekiel -- Ezechiel
  • Fernando -- Fernande
  • Florentina -- Floortje, Florentijntje
  • Florian -- Floris
  • Frances/Fanny/Francine -- Femmetje, Francijntje, Fransje, Francina,
  • Francis -- Frans, France, Francois, Francoys, Frnaciscus, Francyntie
  • Frederic/Frederick -- Fritz, Freek, Frerk, Friko, Fredrick
  • Gabriel -- Gabriel
  • George -- Goris, Joris, Jurgen, Jurian, Jurn
  • Geral -- Geurt
  • Geraldine -- Geert, Gerritje
  • Gerard/Gerarda/Gerardina -- Garret, Geert, Gerrit, Geesje, Desin
  • Gertrude -- Geertie, Geertje, Geertrui, Geertruida, Geertruyd, Trul, Truitje
  • Gilbert -- Bert, Gijs, Gijsbertus, Gysbert, Byslbert
  • Giles -- Geleyn, Gellis, Gelles
  • Godfrey -- Godfried
  • Goeffrey/Jeffrey -- Govert
  • Gustave -- Gustavus
  • Guy -- Guido
  • Hannah -- Hanna
  • Harry -- Haricken, Harrick
  • Helen/Helena -- Eelet, Heyltje, Helena
  • Henriette/Henrietta/Harriet -- Hendrickje, Hendrica, Hentje, Jetje
  • Henry -- Enrik, Hein, Hientje, Hendrick, Hendricus, Hentrick
  • Hercules -- Herkel, Herck, Harck, Henk
  • Herman -- Harman, Harmen, Manus, Harmanus
  • Hester -- Hester
  • Hezekiah -- Hiskia, Smiaa
  • Hilda -- Hilletje, Hilligond
  • Hubert -- Huybert
  • Hugo/Hugh -- Huigen, Huyck, Huyge, Huyg
  • Ida -- Eytic, Ydtje, Ida
  • Isaac -- Yzaak, Isaac, Isacq, Isac
  • Isabella/Isobel -- Isabel, Ibel, Bell, Bella
  • Jacob/James/Jim -- Jacob, Jacobus, Jaap, Jaapie, Jacobje, Jaepje, Jobje, Japic, Joaptie, Jacoba, Koosje, Koba,
  • Chime (includes feminine forms which do not exist for this name in English.)
  • Jacques -- Jacques
  • Jacqueline -- Jacomyntje, Jacomyntie
  • Janet, Jane -- Jaantje, Janneken, Jannetje, Janotje, Jansje, Jantina
  • Jasper -- Casper
  • Jemima -- Jacomyntje
  • Jenny -- Justje, Jenne
  • Jeremiah -- Jeremias
  • Jerome -- Hieronimus, Jeronimus
  • Joachim -- Jochem
  • Joan/Johanna/Joanne -- Hansje, Johanne
  • Job -- Job
  • John/Jack/Johnny -- Jan, Joannes, Johannes, Hans, Hannes, Jenneke
  • Jonas/Jonah -- Jonas
  • Joseph -- Joost, Joseph
  • Josephine -- Josyntje, Josyntie
  • Judith -- Judith, Judick
  • Juliana -- Juliaantje
  • Julia -- Jeltje
  • Julius -- Jelke
  • Jurgen -- Jorgen
  • Justin -- Justin
  • Kathleen, Kate, Kitty -- Katryntje, Kaatje, Kesia, Kaatje
  • Lambert -- Lambert, Lambrecht
  • Lawrence/Laurence -- Urens, Louw
  • Lenore -- Leonora
  • Leo -- Lieve
  • Leonard -- Leen, Leendert
  • Leticia --Tietje, Tytie
  • Lewis/Louis/Ludwig -- Lodewijk, Loures, Ludovicus, Lolle, Liewe, Lieuwe
  • Lisa -- Lijsje, Lysje
  • Lisbeth -- Lijsbert, Lys, Lysbet
  • Lucretia -- Lucretie
  • Lucy -- Lucia, Lucie
  • Luke/Lucas -- Lukas, Luytje, Luycas
  • Lydia -- Lydia, Lydea, Lidia
  • Madge -- Griet
  • Magdalena/Madelaine -- Magdaleentje, Leentje, Lena, Marregante
  • Marcus/Mark -- Marcus
  • Margaret/ Meg/Peg/Peggy -- Margit, Margriet, Margrietje, Griet, Grietje, Margarietje, Margarietie
  • Maria/Mary/Marie -- Maria, Marye, Marijken, Maritie, Mayken, Marritje, Maritje, Marij, Maybe, Marytje
  • Martha -- Metjen, Marttha
  • Martin -- Maarten, Martijn, Marten, Martinus
  • Martina -- Maartje, Martijntje
  • Mathilda/Matilda -- Machteld, Magtelt
  • Matthew/Matthias -- Mattheus, Matthys, Teeuw, Teeuwis, Thys, Mathias, Tijs
  • Maurice/Morris -- Morice, Marritius
  • Michael -- Giel, Machiel, Micheltjen, Michiel
  • Mimi -- Mijntje, Wimpje, Wyntje
  • Monica -- Monika
  • Nancy -- Na
  • Nicholas/Nick -- Claes, Klaas, Klaasje, Nicolas, Nicolaas
  • Nicole -- Claesje
  • Obadiah -- Obadja
  • Oliver -- Olivier
  • Paul -- Pouw, Powles, Paulus
  • Paulina -- Paultje, Paylyntie,
  • Peter -- Pier, Piet, Pieter, Petrus, Pieetr
  • Petronella -- Petronella, Pietje, Pieternelly, Nelly
  • Phillip -- Phlip, Philip
  • Phillipa -- Philippe
  • Rachel -- Gepje, Rachel
  • Ralph/Rolph -- Roelof, Rolfe
  • Randall -- Randolph
  • Raymond -- Reimond
  • Rebecca -- Rebecca
  • Regina -- Regina
  • Resolved -- Resolveert
  • Reuben -- Ruben
  • Reynold -- Reindert, Reinier, Reinoud
  • Richard -- Rijkaard, Rijkerd, Ritsert, Rutsjert, Rykaa, Ritsgert
  • Robert -- Robbert
  • Roger -- Rutger, Rutgert, Rut
  • Rosamund -- Rozemond
  • Rosetta -- Roosje
  • Rosina -- Resyntje
  • Rowland/Roland -- Roeland
  • Rudolph/Rudy -- Roedolf, Rudolphus, Ruudt, Ruud
  • Rupert -- Rip
  • Sabastian -- Sebastiaen
  • Samson -- Simson
  • Samuel -- Saam, Samuel
  • Sarah/Sally -- Saartje, Seer, Sasze, Taatje, Selitje
  • Simeon/Simon -- Simon, Simen, Sijmen
  • Solomon -- Saal, Salomon
  • Sophia/Sophie -- Fick, Fletje, Futje, Sefia, Sophie, Fytie
  • Stephen/Steven -- Stephen, Stephanus
  • Susan/Susanna -- Zanneke, Sanna, Sanneke, Sannertje, Santje
  • Theobold -- Tiebout
  • Theodore/Theodoric -- Dorus, Derick, Dierderick, Dirk, Dirkje
  • Theodosia -- Doostie
  • Theresa -- Tressje, Tjitske
  • Thomas -- Thomas
  • Timothy -- Goverd, Tijmen, Tomatius, Tymen, Timotheus
  • Titus -- Titus
  • Toby -- Tobias
  • Tracy -- Tressje (see Theresa)
  • Ursula -- Orselina, Urseltje
  • Valentine -- Valentijn, Veltje
  • Victor -- Victoor
  • Victoria -- Victorie
  • Walter -- Wout, Wouter
  • Wilhelmina -- Mijntje, Mimmi, Wyntje, Willemintje, Wellemtje, Willemyn, Wimpje, Willemke, Wim
  • William/Willy -- Willem, Wim, Willempje, Wiebe
  • Winifred -- Wiepkje, Wyntie

From: Dan Burrows

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