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List of Given Names 

Sometimes, deciphering a given name in an old handwritten document is not as easy as one might suppose. This could be due to the widespread use of abbreviations or to the difficulty in reading the handwriting. Use the list below to assist you in interpreting the names mentioned in the documents. 

Also keep in mind that there are a lot of variations on the traditional names. You can have variation in sound (Dirk instead of Derk), the name  can be an abbreviation (Cor instead of Cornelis),  you can have a suffix (Hubertus instead of Hubert, Greetje instead of Greet), you can have variation in spelling (Teofiel instead of Theophiel), or the name can be a compilation of two names (Willem Johannes becomes Wiljo).  A lot of names are derived from a traditional name (Frits or Freek is derived from Fredericus), or from the masculine form of a name (Christian for a male becomes Christien for a female).  

Male

A

Aart  

Abe  

Abel

Abraham  

Ad  

Adam  

Adelbert 

Adelfons  

Adelfried  

Adelheid  

Adelwin  

Adolf 

Adriaan

Adrianus 

Adze  

Aike  

Ailke  

Albert(us)  

Aldert  

Alex  

Alexander 

Alfard  

Alfons  

Alfred 

Allard  

Alwin 

Ambroos  

Alje 

Andreas  

Andre  

Andries  

Anno  

Anton  

Antonie  

Ant(h)onius 

Antoon  

Arend 

Ari 

Aris 

Aries  

Arjan  

Armand 

Arno  

Arnold  

Arnoud  

Arnout  

Arthur  

Augurt  

August(inus) 

Augustijn 

B

Balder  

Barend  

Bart  

Bartel  

Balthazar 

Bartholomeus  

Bas  

Bastiaan  

Beau 

Basile 

Beenda  

Ben  

Benedictus  

Benjamin  

Beno 

Ber  

Berend  

Bernder  

Bert  

Bertus 

Bernard  

Bernardus  

Bernhard  

Bert   

Betto 

Blasius  

Bob   

Boele   

Bonifatius  

Bonifaas  

Bonne  

Boudewijn  

Bram  

Braam   

Brecht  

Broos   

Brian 

Bruino 




Female

A

Aafke  

Aalke  

Aaltje  

Aattje  

Adèle  

Adelgonde  

Adelheid   

Adeline  

Adeltrude 

 Adriana  

Adwina  

Afien  

Agatha  

Agnes  

Akke  

Alberdina  

Albertina   

Albertine 

 Albertje  

Aldegonda  

Aleid   

Aleida   

Alex   

Alexandra   

Alice  

Alida  

Alie 

 Aline  

Alphonsina  

Alma   

Amalia  

Amanda   

Amber   

Amelia   

Andrea  

Angela  

 Angèle  

Angelien  

Angelina   

Angelique   

Anje  

Anika   

Anita   

Anja   

Anke  

 Ankje  

Anna  

Annabel   

Anne  

Anneke   

Annelien   

Annelies   

Anneliese  

Annemarie  

Annemiek   

Annemieke   

Annet   

Annette  

Annie  

Annika   

Anouk   

Ans   

Ansje   

 Anthonie  

Antje  

Antonia   

Ariane   

Appolonia  

Attje  

Augusta  

Aukje  

Autje 

List of Names Extracted From Behind the Name  

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