Wednesday, January 18

Rare Dutch Girls: Part One

Amsterdam, 1900 by janwillemsen on Flickr
My recent post on early medieval names from the Netherlands and Flanders got me interested in what modern Dutch parents are choosing for their children. A little searching around led me to the list of names used on Dutch babies for 2011 — it's a great collection (full of surprises, too — Jayden's in the top 10!) and gets particularly interesting towards the bottom. 

These names were used on only one baby in 2011, so they're as rare as it gets. The list is very long (and much longer for girls than for boys), so I've chosen ones that appealed to my taste, stood out for some reason, or that I thought might have some chance of use in English-speaking countries. Enjoy!


Améline 
Anne-Phine — there are lots of lovely "Josephine" variants 
Ariska 
Catalana — perfect for Jordan Catalano-obsessors 
Diëlla 
Everdine
Fayèn 
Fritzi
Isri-Lara 
Katoo 
Leonieke — always looking for new Leo-names 
Lucewen 
Lyris-Vera 
Majella 
Marlenthe  
Mesa 
Nadiëne
Novavie 
Pommelot 
Roseriet 
Solanche
Talieta 
Vallènce
Virtue
Yaëlla 
Zélie 

8 comments:

  1. Another good find! Rather warm to Katoo; makes a nice variation on Katie.

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  2. Fabulous! there are so many interesting finds here, it's hard to know where to start. Leonieka and Roseriet could very easily steal my heart.

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  3. I really like Ameline and Ariska! Reminds me of Aveline and Arista.

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  4. These are great. I am wondering if you know how to pronounce Roseriet? Hard to find any info on it so far. Thanks!

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    1. A friend who speaks Dutch says it's "roh-suh-reet."

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    2. Thank you so much- it sounds very sweet.

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  5. Leonieke and Vallènce are such great finds. Oh, and Lyris-Vera is so pretty. I definitely like these Dutch names you're pulling out.

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  6. From the list, I quite like Zélie and Pommelot. Novavie reminds me of the name Reverie.

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