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Naming the Dutch Children


The Dutch were known to name their children after relatives. The following naming system was the most commonly used through the mid-1800's. This system is useful in putting Dutch families together with the correct parentage.

Several exceptions should be noted:
(1) When a child died young, the next child born would assume the name of the deceased child.
(2) Often children were baptized by the name of their sponsor, which breaks the naming system, but then resumes on the birth of the next child.
Sons:
1st son named for the son's grandfather on his father's side.

2nd son named for the son's grandfather on his mother's side.

3rd son named for the son's great-grandfather on his father's side.

4th son named for the son's great-grandfather on his mother's side.

and so on....


Daughters:
1st daughter named for the daughter's grandmother on her mother's side.

2nd daughter named for the daughter's grandmother on her father's side.

3rd daughter named for the daughter's great-grandmother on her mother's side.

4th daughter named for the daughter's great-grandmother on her father's side.

etc., etc.







Dutch Genealogy Research, Charles M. Franklin, (c)1982, p 43.







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