50 Dutch Baby Names

Learn the meaning and origins of popular Dutch baby names

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Though a tiny country, the Netherlands 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 also has 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 hasn't been on the list of the top 1,000 U.S. names since prior to 1900.

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 when it rose to No. 479 on the list of top U.S. names.

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: While the name Annelies hasn't made the top-1,000 U.S. list since at least 1900, one of its offshoots, Anne, spent more than 60 years in the top 100, peaking at No. 52 in 1915. It hasn't cracked the top 500 since 2008.

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: The name Annemie isn’t very popular in the U.S., though one of its offshoots, Anna, is exceptionally popular. Anna peaked as the No. 3 name from 1900-1904, and has primarily remained in the top 100 ever since, landing at No, 68 in 2020.

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 Arabella has seen an increase in popularity in recent years, peaking at No. 157 in the U.S. in 2015, while a shortened version, Bella, has become even more popular, remaining in the top 100 since 2009 and climbing to as high as No, 48 in 2010 and 2018.

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 Beatrice spent years as one of the most popular in the U.S., remaining in the top 100 through 1934 and peaking at No. 36 in 1910. It has since lost some of its luster, falling out of the top 100 in the late '90s and early '00s, and ranked No. 550 in 2020.

Betje

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: God is abundant
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Elise, Elly, Els, Else, Elsje, Ilse, Lies, Liese, Liesje, Lisa, Lize
  • Peak Popularity: Though Betje is quite uncommon in the U.S., offshoots like Elise and Lisa have been quite popular. Elise peaked at No. 151 in 2012, and Lisa was the nation's most popular name from 1962-1969, before slipping out of the top 1,000 in 2020.

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: The name Brandy was quite popular in the U.S. in the 1970s and '80s, peaking at No. 37 in 1978 and remaining in the top 100 for 15 years. But that popularity has waned, with the name falling out of the top 1,000 in 2008.

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 Dael isn't very common in the U.S. but an alternate spelling, Dale, was somewhat popular from the 1930s to the 1960s, peaking at No. 236 in 1952. For boys. Dale, remained in the top 100 from 1921 to 1969, peaking at No. 46 in 1958.

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, itself, is somewhat rare in the U.S., but one of its variations, Eva, is quite popular. Eva was a mainstay in the top 100 through the early 1930s, and has seen a recent resurgence, re-entering the top 100 in 2009 and peaking at No. 73 in 2017.

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 in the U.S., and hasn't made the top 1,000 list since at least 1900.

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 U.S., and hasn't made the top-1,000 list since at least 1900.

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., though a couple of its variations were once in vogue. Augusta peaked at No. 185 in 1901 and Gussie at No. 203 in 1900. Neither has made the top 1,000 since the 1940s.

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: The name Ilse hasn't cracked the U.S. top-1,000 since at least 1900, derivations like Elise and Lisa have been quite popular. Elise peaked at No. 151 in 2012, and Lisa was the nation's most popular name from 1962-1969, before slipping out of the top 1,000 in 2020.

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 at No. 223 in the U.S. in 1969 and has since declined in usage, finishing 2020 at No. 706. Laura, meanwhile, spent several decades at or near the top 100, peaking at No. 10 in 1969 before falling back into the 300s.

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: Marian was a top-100 name in the U.S. from 1912 to 1934, but has since seen its popularity wane. Its most recent appearance in the top-1,000 was in 2000.

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: Though the name Marit is uncommon in the U.S., some of its offshoots have been immensely popular. Margaret peaked at No. 3 in the early 1900s and stood at No. 126 in 2020; Martha was a top-50 name from 1900 to 1954 before losing its steam; and Marisa peaked at No. 147 in 1995, but fell out of the top-1,000 in 2013.

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 early 1900s, peaking at No. 186, and an alternative spelling, Maude, peaked at No. 77 in 1901. The real winner here, however, was the name Mary, a variation that ranked No. 1 or 2 in the U.S. from 1900 to 1965, and currently stands at No. 124.

Noa

  • Origin: Dutch, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Movement, motion
  • Famous Namesakes: Noa Netanyahu, the daughter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Peak Popularity: Noa has gained some popularity in the United States in recent years, cracking the top 1,000 in 2014 and rising to No. 466 by 2020.

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 was a popular name in the U.S. in the early 1900s. After falling out of favor for several decades, it has seen a strong resurgence, cracking the top 100 in 2013 and hitting a peak at No. 28 in 2017.

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 a name that has grown in popularity, debuting in the U.S. top-1,000 in 1990 and ascending to No. 42 in 2015 and 2016, It stood at No. 63 in 2020.

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: Though the name Sofie hasn’t been very popular in the United States, three alternative spelling, Sophia, Sofia, and Sophie, have been quite popular. Sophia was the No. 1 U.S. name from 2011 to 2013, sitting at No. 5 in 2020; Sofia rose to No. 12 in 2014 and now sits at No. 17; and Sophie made it to No. 51 in 2011, and now ranked at No. 75.

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 saw the height of its popularity in 1992, rising to No. 467 in the U.S. before falling out of the top 1,000 in 2013. A derivation, Theresa, rose as high as No. 32 in 1956 before falling out of the rankings in 2011, and Tina was a top-100 name from 1956 to 1982.

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: While the name Verena hasn't been popular in the U.S. since 1900, Vera was a top-100 name until 1930, peaking at No. 65 in 1919. Another offshoot, Veronica, peaked at No. 68 in 1983.

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 Wilma was quite popular from the 1910s through the 1930s, remaining in the U.S. top 100 until 1941. It hasn't cracked the top 1,000 since 1973. 

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: While the name Aart is not a common name in the United States, a derivation, Arthur was a top-1000 name in the U.S. from 1900 to 1969, peaking at No. 14 in 1901. It stood at No. 162 in 2020.

Barend

  • Origin: Dutch, German
  • Meaning: Bear
  • Famous Namesakes: Barend Biesheuvel, Dutch politician
  • Peak Popularity: This name is quite rare, and hasn't appeared in the U.S. top 1,000 since at least 1900.

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., though two derivations have been used quite often. Bart peaked at No. 249 in 1959, and Bert at No. 133 in 1901.

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 hasn't cracked the U.S. top 1,000 since at least 1900, but an offshoot, Abraham, ranked No. 124 in 1911 and sits at No. 201 as of 2020.

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. An alternative spelling, Cass, reached No. 982 in the U.S. in 1904.

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: Though the name Diederik is uncommon in the U.S; some of its derivations have been quite popular. Derek peaked at No. 50 in 1980, the same year an alternate spelling, Derrick, hit No 74. Richard was a top-10 name from 1920 to 1970, and currently sits at No. 208.

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 was most popular in the U.S. during the 1950s and '60s, rising to No. 341 in 1954. The name fell out of the top 1,000 in 1990.

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 was a somewhat popular name from 1900 through the 1930s, reaching its peak in the U.S. at No. 247 in 1909. It has not appeared in the top 1,000 since 1959.

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, and hasn't cracked the top 1,000 since at least 1900.

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, and has not cracked the top 1,000 since at least 1900.

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, but an alternative spelling, Garrett, was a top-100 name from 1990 to 2002. Two derivations, Gerald and Harold, have been even more popular, with the former peaking at No. 19 in 1939 and the latter at No. 12 in 1931.

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 somewhat common name at one point in the United States, peaking at No. 464 in 1967. It fell out of the top 1,000 in 2000.

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, but Several derivations have been more popular. A perennial favorite, Henry, peaked at No. 9 in 2020, and Harry remained in the top 100 through 1956, peaking at No. 13 several times in the early 1900s.

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 1900, peaking at No. 376 in 2008.

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: Though the name Jaap hasn't broken into the U.S. top 1,000 since 1900, one of its derivations, James, has been a perennial favorite. The name was No. 1 in the U.S. from 1940 to 1952, and ranked No. 6 in 2020.

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: Johan peaked at No. 451 in the U.S. in 2008, but one of its offshoots, John, hasn't left the top 30 since at least 1900. It was the top name in the U.S. from 1900 to 1923, and ranked No. 27 in 2020.

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: While the name Joost always has been quite rare in the United States, one of its offshoots, Justin, remained in the top 20 from 1980 to 2000. It ranked No. 168 in 2020.

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, and hasn't broken into the top-1,000 names since at least 1900.

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: While Kerstan isn’t very popular in the United States, a derivation, Christopher, has been quite popular. Christopher was a top-three name in the U.S. from 1972 to 1995, and ranked No. 47 in 2020.

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 hit its peak in the U.S. in 1961, with the name ranking No, 737. A derivation, Lawrence, remained in the top 100 from 1900 to 1957, peaking at No. 30 in 1945. An alternative version, Larry, reached No. 10 in 1949, but currently sits at No. 842.

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 1980, ranking No. 165. By 2020, the name had fallen to No. 465.

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: While Sander isn't a particularly popular name in the U.S., one of its offshoots, Alexander, has been a perennial favorite. Alexander has remained in the top 100 since 1977, and held the No. 10-ranking as of 2020.

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, though an alternate spelling, Skyler, peaked at No. 250 in 2000. Another derivation, Skylar, has been more popular as a girls name, but did reach No. 356 on the boys list in 2000.

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., but its offshoot, Timothy, has been quite popular. Timothy ranked in the top 100 from 1943 to 2007, and stood at No. 193 as of 2020.

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, reaching No., 265 in the top 1,000. An offshoot, Vaughn, ascended to No. 348 in 1949, and Donovan reached No. 176 in 2003.

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

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