50 Dutch Baby Names

Learn the meaning and origins of popular Dutch baby names

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Though a tiny country, the Netherlands—also referred to as Holland—has certainly made itself known throughout the world. It’s famous for its wooden clogs and annual tulip festival, for its delicious cheese and chewy stroopwafels, and of course for its biking culture and stunning canals. The country has also produced some world-famous painters, including Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh, and Piet Mondrian.

Whether you’re Dutch yourself or are simply inspired by this beautiful country and want to give your child a Dutch name, peruse this list of 50 baby names.

Popular Dutch Baby Names for Girls 

 Below you'll find 25 unique Dutch baby names for girls along with their meanings, origins, and a few fun facts.

Aleid

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Noble, from a noble family
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aleidy, Adelheid, Adalheidis, Adaliz, Adelais, Adela
  • Peak Popularity: This name saw peak popularity in the U.S. in the late 1800s, but hasn't been very popular since then. Fewer than five babies were born in the U.S. with the name in 2019.

Anika

  • Origin: Dutch, Hebrew, Nordic, Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Grace, favor, sweet face
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Anna, Anniki, Anaca, Annika, Ann, Aneka, Anneke, Annie, Ane, Anouk, Anne, Anki
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress and singer Anika Noni Rose; American singer Anika Paris
  • Peak Popularity: The popularity of the name Anika was short-lived in the '70s in the U.S. It regained popularity in the '90s and '00s, reaching peak popularity in 2004. Approximately 400 baby girls were given the name in the U.S. in 2019.

Fun Fact: Anika is one of the 108 names given to the Hindi Goddess Durga.

Annelies

  • Origin: Dutch, German
  • Meaning: Grace, mercy
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Annelise, Annalise, Annaliese, Anelise, Analise, Analiese, Anne
  • Famous Namesakes: Anneliese Seubert, German-Australian model; Anneliese Louise van der Pol, Dutch-American actress
  • Peak Popularity: The name reached peak popularity in the U.S. in the 2000s.

Fun Fact: Anne Frank’s full name is Annelies Marie Frank.

Annemie

  • Origin: Dutch, German, English, Greek
  • Meaning: God has favored me, grace, mercy
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Annamay, Annamae, Annamie, Annemarie, Annamaria, Anemarie, Annmaria, Anemone, Anamaria, Anna, Anemon, Miamaya
  • Famous Namesakes: Member of the European Parliament for Flanders Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck; Belgian singer Annemie Coenen
  • Peak Popularity: This name isn’t very popular in the U.S. with fewer than five babies being so named in 2019. The name is very popular in Germany, however, and has also been a popular name in Belgium.

Arabella

  • Origin: Dutch, German, English, Latin
  • Meaning: Beautiful lion, prayerful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aarabella, Amabilia, Amabillia, Arabelle, Belle, Bella, Arabele, Arbell, Orabelle, Arbella, Orabel, Arabel, Orbella, Orabella, Arabela, Orbel, Orbelle, Arbela, Arbelle, Ara
  • Famous Namesakes: Arabella Mansfield, first female lawyer in the United States
  • Peak Popularity: The name saw a sharp increase in popularity from the early '90s through now. In 2019, 1,500 baby girls were given the name.

Beatrix

  • Origin: Dutch, English, German, French
  • Meaning: Delivers joy, blessed, traveler
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Trixie, Viatrix, Bea, Beatrice, Beata, Béatrice, Beathrice, Beatus
  • Famous Namesakes: Beatrix Potter, English author; Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, Queen of the Netherlands from 1980–2013
  • Peak Popularity: The name reached peak popularity in 1883 and is still considered a somewhat common name in the U.S. In 2019, 260 baby girls were given this name.

Betje

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: God is abundant
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Elise, Elly, Els, Else, Elsje, Ilse, Lies, Liese, Liesje, Lisa, Lize
  • Peak Popularity: This name is quite uncommon in the U.S. Fewer than five girls were given the name in 2019.

Brandy

  • Origin: Dutch, English, American
  • Meaning: Burnt wine
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Brandi, Bradys, Brandylee, Brandey, Brandie, Brandea, Brande, Brandi, Brandee, Branndea, Branndi, Branndie, Brandye
  • Famous Namesakes: Brandy Norwood; American singer, songwriter, record producer; Brandy Ledford, American actress
  • Peak Popularity: Brandy has been somewhat common in the United States since 1960. The name peaked in popularity in 1981 and has steadily declined in use since then. 

Dael

  • Origin: Dutch, English
  • Meaning: Small valley
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dale, Dahlia, Dalla, Dahl, Daela.
  • Famous Namesakes: Dael Orlandersmith, American playwright and actress
  • Peak Popularity: The name isn't very common in the U.S.; fewer than five girls were given the name in 2019.

Fun Fact: Dale is a variant of the name Dael that's given to both boys and girls. It's technically more popular as a girl's name in the United States compared to Dael.

Evi

  • Origin: Dutch, Greek, German, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Life
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Evy, Evelyn, Elvira, Eva, Eve, Efi, Chava, Evina, Evarose, Evert, Evita, Evelyne, Eveanna, Evie, Evvy 
  • Famous Namesakes: Evi Adam, Greek-Austrian fashion model; Evi Quaid, director of the movie, "The Debtors"
  • Peak Popularity: Evi is somewhat popular in the United States in its variations. This variation, however, is quite rare with only 18 baby girls being given the name in 2019. 

Famke

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Little girl
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Femke
  • Famous Namesakes: Famke Janssen, Dutch actress who starred as Jean Gray/Phoenix in the live action X-Men series
  • Peak Popularity: The name isn’t very popular. Fewer than five babies were named Famke in 2019.

Fenna

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Peace
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Faina, Fenja, Fainia, Fenne
  • Famous Namesakes: Fenna Vanhoutte, Belgian professional racing cyclist
  • Peak Popularity: The name isn’t very popular in the United States. Only five girls were given the name in 2019.

Gusta

  • Origin: Dutch, German
  • Meaning: Sublime
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gustava, Augusta, Gusti, Gustie, Gussy, Gussie, Gus, Gusty, Gussi
  • Famous Namesakes: Gusta Chrispijn-Mulder, Dutch actress
  • Peak Popularity: The name is quite uncommon in the U.S. It did see a small peak in popularity in the late 1800s, but in 2019 fewer than five girls were given the name.

Fun Fact: In Spanish, the word "gusta" means "it pleases me."

Ilse

  • Origin: Dutch, German
  • Meaning: God’s promise
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Betje, Elise, Elly, Els, Elsje, Ilse, Lies, Liese, Liesje, Lisa, Lize
  • Famous Namesakes: Ilse DeLange, Dutch singer/songwriter; Ilse Aichinger, Austrian writer; Ilse Bing, German photographer
  • Peak Popularity: In the United States, the name Ilse peaked in popularity in the mid-'90s. About 2000 girls have been given the name since 1914.

Lara

  • Origin: Dutch, Russian, German, English
  • Meaning: Laurel wreath, seagull, citadel, bright, famous, protection, graceful, cheerful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Laurentia, Laurentius, Larae, Clare, Clara, Claire, Clairette, Larina, Lorraine, Laralee, Larisa, Laura, Larissa, Laurent, Lalla, Lola, Lari, Lauraine, Analaura, Lauraelizabeth, Clarah, Clarina, Ana Clara, Larra
  • Famous Namesakes: Lara Jones, British artist children's author and illustrator; Lara Flynn Boyle, American actress and producer
  • Peak Popularity: The name Lara began to grow in popularity during the 1960s. It reached peak popularity in the U.S. in 1969 and has slowly declined in usage since then.

Marian

  • Origin: Dutch, Hebrew, French, English
  • Meaning: Drop of the sea, grace and mercy
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Marien, Mariam, Mariana, Mariane, Marion, Maryann, Maryanne
  • Famous Namesakes: Marian Ellina Stamp Dawkins, British biologist and professor of ethology at the University of Oxford; Marian Wright Edelman, American rights activist
  • Peak Popularity: The name is somewhat popular in the U.S. It saw peak popularity in the United States in 1924 and then a sharp spike in popularity in 1952. In 2019, about 200 girls were given the name.

Marit

  • Origin: Dutch, Norweigan, Swedish 
  • Meaning: Pearl
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Margaret, Margrit, Martha, Marita, Marthalee, Miriam Marisa
  • Famous Namesakes: Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby, Crown Princess of Norway; Marit Elisabeth Maij, Dutch politician
  • Peak Popularity: This name is uncommon in the U.S. In 2017, only 21 girls were given the name.

Maud

  • Origin: Dutch/English/French
  • Meaning: Strong battle maiden, powerful warrior
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Medieval form of Matilda. Madde, Maude, Madeleine, Mathilde, Macia, Matelda, Metta, Mahthilt, Mathilda, Magthilde, Maddi, Madaleno, Madelaine, Magdalena, Maciah, Mary, Miriam, Mette, Malla, Matti
  • Famous Namesakes: Maud Charlotte Mary Victoria of Wales; Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor, granddaughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and 49th in line to the British throne
  • Peak Popularity: The name Maud was most popular in the United States in the year 1886. It has been in the top 100 names in the U.S. 21 times, though its use has rapidly declined since its peak popularity. Fewer than five babies were given the name in 2019.

Noa

  • Origin: Dutch, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Movement, motion
  • Famous Namesakes: Noa Netanyahu, the daughter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Peak Popularity: Noa is a relatively uncommon in the United States. It saw a small peak in popularity in the mid-'90s. In 2019, about 535 baby girls were given the name.

Nora

  • Origin: Dutch, German, Swedish, English
  • Meaning: Light
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Noor, Noortje, Eleanor, Ellen, Nore, Nori, Nóri, Noralee
  • Famous Namesakes: Nora Ephron, American film director and producer; Norah Jones, American singer-songwriter
  • Peak Popularity: Nora has been a popular name in the U.S. since the late 1800s. In 2019, over 5000 girls were given the name.

Skylar

  • Origin: Dutch, English
  • Meaning: Scholar
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Skyler, Skylarmarie, Schuylar, Skyla, Skye, Sky, Skylena, Skyllar, Skylyr, Skyeler, Skylyn, Skyli, Skilah, Skylee, Skila, Skylynn, Schyler, Skyra, Skylor
  • Famous Namesakes: Skylar Laine (Harden), American pop singer; Skylar Star Stecker, American pop singer
  • Peak Popularity: Skylar is currently growing in popularity. It was the 56th most popular name for girls in 2019.

Sofie

  • Origin: Dutch, Greek, Scandanavian, Czech
  • Meaning: Wise
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sofieke, Soffie, Sophie, Sofia, Sophia, Sofi, Sophiemarie, Soffi, Anasofia, Sofiagrace
  • Famous Namesakes: Sofie Cappelen, Norwegian-born actress; Sofie Allsopp, British television presenter
  • Peak Popularity: Since 1880, Sofie hasn’t been very popular in the United States. In recent years it's been used a bit more. In 2019, 49 baby girls were named Sofie.

Tess

  • Origin: Dutch, English, Greek, Latin
  • Meaning: Harvester, hunter, guardian
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Teresa, Tessa, Tessie, Theresa, Thess, Tina, Tessy, Thessy, Tesza, Tessie
  • Famous Namesakes: Tess Walker, youngest daughter of Elle Walker; Tess Wiley, American singer-songwriter; Tess Holiday, plus-size model
  • Peak Popularity: Tess has been a fairly common name in the United States. It began growing in popularity in the early '80s and reached peak popularity in the '90s.

Fun Fact: Tess is a character in Brian Jaques' successful book series "Redwall."

 Verena

  • Origin: Dutch, German
  • Meaning: True, integrity
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Veryna, Verina, Vereena, Varina, Vereen, Vera, Veronica, Vara, Veralee, Virna, Virginius, Varah, Veruchka, Varena, Verene, Veruschka, Vrini
  • Famous Namesakes: Verena Mei, American model; Verena Felicien, former Saint Lucian cricketer
  • Peak Popularity: Since 1880, only 37 girls in the U.S. have been given the name, making it quite rare. The name reached peak popularity in 1898 in the U.S.

Wilma

  • Origin: Dutch, German, English
  • Meaning: Desire, resolute protection
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Wilhelma, Wilhelm, Villemo, Amilia
  • Famous Namesakes: Wilma Glodean Rudolph, American Olympic sprinter; (Wilma) Jeanne Cooper, American actress
  • Peak Popularity: The name reached peak popularity in the U.S in 1925, but has declined in popularity since then. Only 35 girls were given the name in 2019. Interestingly, the name has been to the top 100 baby names in America 29 times since 1880, so maybe it'll top the charts again.

 

Popular Dutch Baby Names for Boys 

Below you'll find 25 unique Dutch baby names for boys along with their meanings, origins, and a few fun facts.

Aart

  • Origin: Dutch 
  • Meaning: Like an eagle
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Arthur, Artus, Art 
  • Famous Namesakes: Aart Kemink, Dutch-Canadian painter; Art Linkletter, U.S. TV host
  • Peak Popularity: This is not a common name in the United States. In 2019, fewer than five boys were given the name. 

Barend

  • Origin: Dutch, German
  • Meaning: Bear
  • Famous Namesakes: Barend Biesheuvel, Dutch politician
  • Peak Popularity: This name is quite rare. There isn’t enough information to determine when it achieved its peak popularity. 

Bartel 

  • Origin: Dutch, German, Aramaic
  • Meaning: From the barley farm, farmer’s son
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bartil, Bart, Bert, Barte, Barth, Bartolomeus, Bertel, Bartholemeus, Berthold, Bertil, Bertilo, Bartholomew
  • Famous Namesakes: Bartel J. Jonkman, U.S. politician
  • Peak Popularity: Bartel hasn’t been commonly used in the U.S. or Belgium since 1942. Fewer that five boys were given the name in the U.S. in 2019.

Bram

  • Origin: Dutch, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Raven, Father of multitudes
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Abraham, Braham, Braam, Bran, Brann, Braam
  • Famous Namesakes: Bram Evans, Dutch athlete; Bram van der Stock, WWII Flying Ace and fighter pilot
  • Peak Popularity: This name is far more popular in the Netherlands. However, it's still a familiar name in the U.S. where it reached its peak popularity in 2006. 

Fun Fact: Bram is a shorthand version of the Biblical name, Abraham.

Cas

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Imperial, treasurer 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cass, Caz
  • Famous Namesakes: Cas M. Robinson, American politician; Cas Walker, businessman and politician
  • Peak Popularity: Cas is a very rare name in the United States. Only seven babies were named Cas in 2019.

Diederik

  • Origin: Dutch, German
  • Meaning: The people’s ruler
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Diderik, Derek, Dietrich, Derrick, Darick, Ricky, Dieter, Tiede, Dedrick, Theodorich, Deidric, Diether, Dedric, Rick, Derick, Dareck, Rickyy, Richart, Richeard, Rieke, Aric, Roderick, Ulrich, Diet, Didier, Deadrick, Daedric, Tyrick
  • Famous Namesakes: Diederik Durven, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies; Diederik Rudolf Simon, Dutch Olympic rower
  • Peak Popularity: This name is uncommon in the U.S; fewer than five baby boys were given the name during 2019. Though uncommon stateside, this name is actually quite popular in both the Netherlands and South Africa.

Dirk

  • Origin: Dutch, German
  • Meaning: The people’s ruler
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dierich, Dieric, Dierk, Dierck
  • Famous Namesakes: Dirk Nowitzki, former NBA player
  • Peak Popularity: Dirk saw its peak popularity in the U.S. during 1954, and then usage declined significantly after 1988.

Fun Fact: A dirk is the name of a small sword.

Elmo

  • Origin: Dutch, German
  • Meaning: Famous, protector
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Moe, Almar, Elmowe, Ermo, Anselm, Elmer, Elmar, Helmer, Aylmar, Ellmar
  • Famous Namesakes: Elmo Langley, NASCAR driver and owner; Elmo Lincoln, U.S. actor
  • Peak Popularity: Elmo used to be a common name in the U.S. Since 1880, over 10,000 babies have been given the name. It reached its peak popularity in 1920. 

Fun Fact: Saint Elmo was a Christian saint and martyr who died in 303. He was the patron saint of sailors, and books, restaurants, and even towns have been named after him.

Espen

  • Origin: Dutch, Scandanavian
  • Meaning: Bear of God, deity
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aspen, Asbjørn, Esben, Ásbiǫrn, Esbern, Esbjørn
  • Famous Namesakes: Espen Eckbo, Norweigian actor, writer, and comedian
  • Peak Popularity: The name is rare in the United States, though it did see a small peak in popularity in the mid-2000s.

Floris

  • Origin: Dutch 
  • Meaning: Blossoming flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Florentius, Florentinus, Florenze  
  • Famous Namesakes: Floris IV, Count of Holland from 1210-1234; Floris Adriaan van Hall, Dutch nobleman and statesman
  • Peak Popularity: Floris is a very rare name in the United States. Fewer than five babies were given the name in 2019.

Gerrit

  • Origin: Dutch, German
  • Meaning: Brave, ruler with a spear
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Garrett, Garret, Gerald, Ganen, Garet, Garald, Gerard, Gannon, Harold
  • Famous Namesakes: Gerrit Alan Cole, American baseball player; Gerrit Zalm, Dutch politician
  • Peak Popularity: Gerrit is a rare name in the United States. It reached its peak popularity in 1881. 

Hans

  • Origin: Dutch, German
  • Meaning: Gracious God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hanz, Hanzel, Hansel, Hanns, Hannes, Hanss
  • Famous Namesakes: Hans Christian Andersen, Danish children's writer; Hans Albrecht Bethe, German and American nuclear physicist and Nobel Prize winner
  • Peak Popularity: Hans was a common name at one point in the United States. The peak of the names usage was in 1885 but it has slowly declined since. 

Hendrick 

  • Origin: Dutch, Scandanivian
  • Meaning: Homeland
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Heinz, Hank, Henry, Henri, Heinrich, Enric, Henrik, Harry, Hary, Heinrick, Heimric, Haginric, Harald, Henke, Hale, Harri, Hendrik
  • Famous Namesakes: Hendrick Cornelisz Vroom, Dutch Golden Age painter and founder of Dutch marine art
  • Peak Popularity: Hendrick is a relatively uncommon name in the United States. About 80 boys were given the name in 2019.

Issac

  • Origin: Dutch, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Full of laughter
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Issak, Issack, Isaac, Ike, Issacc, Aizik, Izaac
  • Famous Namesakes: Isaac Newton, English mathemetician, physisist, astronomer, and theologian; Isaac Mizrahi, U.S. clothing designer
  • Peak Popularity: This name has remained somewhat popular in the U.S. since 1880, achieving peak popularity in 2008. In 2019, 435 boys were given the name.

Jaap

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Holder of the heel
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Iacobus, Iacomus, Iakobos, Yaakov, Jim, James, Jimi, Jacob
  • Famous Namesakes: Jaap Boot, Dutch athlete; Jaap Goudsmit, Dutch scientist
  • Peak Popularity: The name is unique in both the Netherlands and the United States. It has become increasingly popular, however, reaching its peak popularity in 2018. 

Johan

  • Origin: Dutch 
  • Meaning: Gift from God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: John, Johon, Johathon, Johanan, Johathan, Joahan, Johanthan, Johannan, Johahn, Joannes, Johane, Johaun
  • Famous Namesakes: Johan Franzen, Swedish hockey player; Johan Vaaler, Norwegian patent clerk and inventor
  • Peak Popularity: Over the past 100 years, more than 11,000 babies have been named Johan in the United States. It’s been in the top 50 baby names six times and reached peak popularity in 1996. 

Joost

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Just
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Justinus, Justus, Jost, Jodocus, Josse, Jodokus, Josce, Justice, Justian, Justin
  • Famous Namesakes: Joost Bankert, Dutch Vice-Admiral; Joost de Blank, Archbishop of Cape Town
  • Peak Popularity: The name has always been quite rare in the United States. Fewer than five boys were given the name in 2019. 

Fun Fact: The name Joost is derived from the name Jodocus, which can be traced back to St. Judoc, a 7th century Breton saint.

Kees

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Calm, strong willed
  • Famous Namesakes: Kees van Baaren, Dutch composer and teacher; Kees Boeke, Dutch reformist educator
  • Peak Popularity: This name isn’t very popular in the United States; fewer than five baby boys were given the name in 2019. 

Fun Fact: This name is a shorthand variation of Cornelius.

Kerstan

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Anointed, follower of Christ
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Christian, Christianus, Chrestian, Christo, Chrisline, Christé, Christiandaniel, Krestian, Christopher
  • Peak Popularity: This name isn’t very popular in the United States; only six babies were given the name in 2019.

Lars 

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Crowned with laurel, victorious
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Larry, Lawrence, Larsen, Larson, Larss, Larz
  • Famous Namesakes: Lars Christensen, Norwegian shipowner; Lars Von Trier, television director and producer
  • Peak Popularity: Lars was a somewhat common name in the U.S. from 1960 to 1980, reaching its peak popularity in 1961. Since 1980, however, the name has seen a sharp decrease in popularity. 

Ruben

  • Origin: Dutch, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Behold, a son
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rueben, Reuban
  • Famous Namesakes: Ruben Santiago-Hudson, American actor; Ruben Studdard, a U.S. singer
  • Peak Popularity: Ruben is a somewhat common name in the United States. It has increased in popularity since 1920, reaching peak popularity in the '90s. In 2019, over 700 boys were given the name.

Fun Fact: The painter Sir Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish artist from the Netherlands.

Sander

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Defending men
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Xander, Zander, Sanders, Sandor, Saunders, Saunder, Alexander
  • Famous Namesakes: Sander Vanocur, Journalist and broadcaster
  • Peak Popularity: This is a popular name in the Netherlands and other parts of Europe, but remains uncommon in the U.S. Only 28 baby boys were named Sander in 2019. 

Schyler

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Scholar, protected
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Skylor, Skyller, Skylar, Skyelar, Skuyler, Skielor, Skielar, Schylar, Schuylar, Skyler.
  • Famous Namesakes: Schyler Tillett, actor, director, and writer
  • Peak Popularity: Schyler is not a common name used in the United States. It saw a small peak as a boy's name in 1996, but fewer than five boys were given the name in 2019. It's more common as the girl's variation, Skylar.

Timo

  • Origin: Dutch, German, Greek
  • Meaning: Honoring God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tim, Timothy, Thiemo, Timotheus, Timotheos, Timon, Timm, Thimon
  • Famous Namesakes: Timo Glock, German Racing Driver; Timo Pérez, former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Peak Popularity: Timo isn’t a very popular name in the U.S. Only 12 boys given the name in 2019. 

Van

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Forest
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Vahn, Vaughn, Donovan, Vander, Vane, Vann, Vanno, Von, Vonn
  • Famous Namesakes: Van Tiffin, American NFL player; Ralph Vaughn Williams, English composer
  • Peak Popularity: The name Van saw its peak popularity in the United States in 1946.

Fun Fact: The name Van gained some popularity after National Lampoon’s movie titled, “Van Wilder” was released in 2002.

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