Dutch girls' names

(64 Posts)
Wildwaterfalls Wed 18-Sep-13 21:32:01

Only 8 wks pg so getting ahead of myself, but DD1 has a lovely traditional Dutch name (won't disclose as will out me!). I'd quite like something along the same lines if DC2 is a girl.

So please give me your favourite Dutch girls' names! Ideally that work in English so eg not something like Loes (loose??!) or Sjoukje (sp/pn nightmare).

TIA

Lotta?

MoreThanWords Wed 18-Sep-13 21:39:53

Mariska

NotMyChashkaChai Wed 18-Sep-13 22:21:46

Saskia
Wendalina/Wendy
Beatrice

georgettemagritte Thu 19-Sep-13 01:32:36

Isa
Lente
Aafke
Sanne
Merel
Ilse
Lisanne
Elize
Lotte
Mieke

Wildwaterfalls Thu 19-Sep-13 08:51:03

Thanks all. Liking Isa and Sanne (does that work in English?)

Abra1d Thu 19-Sep-13 08:54:25

I love, love Saskia. When I was at school there was the most beautiful girl with that name. She had dark blonde hair and peachy skin and the most wonderful, graceful, posture.

Wildwaterfalls Thu 19-Sep-13 09:14:31

Can't have Saskia unfortunately as I have a good friend called that.

Have been pondering Vivian but looking for more ideas.

Leeds2 Thu 19-Sep-13 09:58:13

Isa is quite pretty, I think, but reminds me of a savings account. I would have no idea how to pronounce Sanne.

Lottie?

NooMyx Thu 19-Sep-13 10:44:55

Vivian is nice.

Drika, Else/Elise, Ida, Johanna, Louisa, Marike, Paulien, Thera?
I used to know a lovely Dutch lady called Karin.

I think Sanne would be fine, unless you'd be very bothered about some mispronounciations. (I'm assuming it's pronounced San-neh?)

Wildwaterfalls Thu 19-Sep-13 10:49:12

Oh good list Noo. A couple I love but DH has vetoed (Johanna, Marieke). Elise is lovely but too close to DD1's name. And we have a Karin in the family already. Really love all those names though.

Yes, Sanne is San-neh. Glad you like Vivian smile

itshowwedo Thu 19-Sep-13 10:50:12

Anneke?

I like Sanne too. I know a couple of (Scandinavian) Sannas. There may be a problem with pronounciation for the names with an 'e' on the end - the English won't automatically say the 'eh' sound, I reckon. Depends how much psychic pain it would cause you!

SolomanDaisy Thu 19-Sep-13 10:51:10

Puck?

smithwillsam Thu 19-Sep-13 12:52:09

Daantje
Saar
Emma
Sophie
Julia
Anna
Lisa
Isa
Eva
Lotte
Tess
Lynn
Fleur
Sara
Lieke
Noa
Fenna
Sarah
Mila
Sanne
Roos

karinmaria Thu 19-Sep-13 13:05:20

Obviously I rather like my own name ;)
In our family we have
Imelda
Coletta
Johanna
Franciska

glorious Thu 19-Sep-13 13:07:50

Marlies? (not sure I've spelt it right but it's lovely)

niffernaffer Thu 19-Sep-13 13:11:58

Lene

claraschu Thu 19-Sep-13 13:18:07

Nicolien

CairngormsClydesdale Thu 19-Sep-13 13:27:11

Mireille
Diane
Xanne
Valerie
Femke
Kim
Nicole
Benthe
Anke
Aneta
Miriam
Chantal
Maaike
Joyce
Esther
Petra
Tessa
Monique
Lidia
Bianca

gingerchick Thu 19-Sep-13 13:29:05

Maud pronounced m ow d to rhyme with shroUd, Judith ?

language Thu 19-Sep-13 13:47:59

I know a very cute Dutch little girl called Annika

Wildwaterfalls Thu 19-Sep-13 13:59:23

Ah DD's name has been mentioned smile

Thanks all. I'm adding Kim and Valerie to the list and pondering some of the others.

Also still quite like Katrine but when I've suggested it on here previously people thought of latrine hmmconfused

Owlie84 Thu 19-Sep-13 15:23:49

My lovely Dutch friend is called Marije - I've always loved that name.

Umicar Thu 19-Sep-13 15:25:39

Names in my family

Gerdina/Gerda
Thea
Wilhelmina
Johanna
Rowena
Hendrika
Maria
Mies or Mees (I don't know what this is short for I'd love to know)

Twunk Thu 19-Sep-13 15:27:26

Anouk
Romee
Solance
Ronne

My personal favourite is Anouk

Roesmarieke
Marlie
Truus
Marjolein
Lia
Niki
Leonie
Silke
Hotske
Inge
Nadia
Wieneke
Hanny

DuchessFanny Thu 19-Sep-13 15:33:48

Fleur is very popular for babies born my youngest sons year. He was born in Holland. I think it's very sweet. If my son was to be a girl we liked Hanne ( pronounced Hanee according to my MIL who had a Dutch friend with same name ) which I loved

Wildwaterfalls Thu 19-Sep-13 17:07:31

Lia has been added to the list. Also really like Fleur but unfortunately another close friend is called that (my friends have nice names apparently confused).

I love Inge but English pr issues would probably do my head in.

hooochycoo Fri 20-Sep-13 04:49:56

Juliana
Marloes

lljkk Fri 20-Sep-13 06:32:12

Dunno about traditional; I have lots of Dutch female work partners with names: Andrea, Jorien, Annemiek, Anne, Janine.

throckenholt Fri 20-Sep-13 14:19:47

One of my Dutch ancestors had the name Maria Wilhelmina Catharina smile

Other names in the family were :
Hendrika (known as Hettie)
Johanna
Sophie Anna
Jenne
Hendrina
Aleida
Berta
Jannigje (sometimes Fennigen)
Gesina (Gese)
Gerridina
Aaltje
Berendina
Margrieta

Spellings varied hugely around those as well.

FingersCrossedLegsNot Fri 20-Sep-13 14:44:19

Anoushka....don't know if this is Dutch though!

AlansCatalanCat Fri 20-Sep-13 19:20:25

Dineke

Wildwaterfalls Fri 20-Sep-13 22:14:47

Hmm, I do like a lot of these 'ke' ending names but wonder how well they'd work in English.

Had our scan today so pg beginning to seem more real! Still 30 weeks or so to agonise over names though grin

Meisje?

EstelleGetty Fri 20-Sep-13 22:17:15

I know a lovely Dutch girl called Floortje, pronounced Floar-cha.

AlansCatalanCat Fri 20-Sep-13 22:38:35

I do like a lot of these 'ke' ending names but wonder how well they'd work in English.

People may not pronounce them right if they only see them on paper, but there won't be any problem once they hear them spoken. Dineke for instance to rhyme with spinnaker. Although I knew a Dineke and no one ever had any trouble remembering how to say her name.

steppemum Fri 20-Sep-13 22:51:03

my al time favourite is marjoleine, but we decided it really was too hard to do in English, and short version may be Lisa (don't like) or Mario!

Our family names are:

Maria - Ria for short
Lusanne - can use Lucy in UK
Jozina
Miriam - can use Mirjam
Jesca
Danique

Theas18 Fri 20-Sep-13 22:55:54

A little bilingual person I know is called marianne. (pronounced marianna)

Theas18 Fri 20-Sep-13 22:57:49

Nothing with a Dutch G though, we Brits make pathetic fools of ourselves trying to say that, even those of us ŵho really try!

BlackberrySeason Fri 20-Sep-13 23:00:20

Anna
Saskia
Joaneke
Danielle
Elisabeth

BlackberrySeason Fri 20-Sep-13 23:01:23

Estelle the -tje sound on the end is a diminutive - v cute smile

BlackberrySeason Fri 20-Sep-13 23:03:15

Waves to Wild - didn't read op properly and see it was you!! Exciting times grin

MariaLuna Fri 20-Sep-13 23:09:39

Check online Dutch papers for scanning names.

A lot of old-fashioned names here.....

Juliana for instance is the present king's granny.

MariaLuna Fri 20-Sep-13 23:11:32

Meisje?

Would you call your daughter "little girl"?!

gotthemoononastick Fri 20-Sep-13 23:20:29

We know a lovely Klaradyn....pronounced claradaine.Old name not much used now.

Oh, only thought Meisje because there was a girl at ds's former primary school with that name. Thought it must be a general Dutch female name....

Wildwaterfalls Sat 21-Sep-13 06:53:03

Have added Dineke and Anouk, and Jolien which is not on this thread but has just occurred to me.

Waves at blackberry - as you can see I am getting rather ahead of myself!

MrsMaryCooper Sat 21-Sep-13 07:00:24

Cirta
Thalia
Olivia

BlackberrySeason Sat 21-Sep-13 07:46:03

I know a lovely Jolein smile

So lovely to be able to relax into planning!

EsTutMirLeid Sat 21-Sep-13 07:49:24

I know a Sanne.

EsTutMirLeid Sat 21-Sep-13 07:51:34

Posted too soon.

I know a Sanne (g) and a Janneke (g) and a Reinier (b).

I know a Camarie (g) too but I'm not sure if she's Dutch or Siuth African.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sat 21-Sep-13 07:52:44

I like Femke. "Fem-Cuh"

MoreThanWords Sat 21-Sep-13 08:47:54

I don't think there would be pron. issues with Inge. Much less than spelling issues from other suggestions!

Sanne might run in to teasing over Sanitory though.....

AlansCatalanCat Sat 21-Sep-13 14:00:58

Femke sounds/looks like some sort of womens' sanitary product. Sanitary towels or pantyliners or "Intimate deodorant" <shudder> Sorry!

bootsycollins Sat 21-Sep-13 14:13:26

Anouk is fabulous.

char1eston Sat 21-Sep-13 21:10:01

Have a friend called Marike and her daughter is Yara
Both lovely names

littlealien01 Sat 21-Sep-13 22:28:06

olga
hilde
hanneke

JacqueslePeacock Sat 21-Sep-13 22:37:58

Elselijn. Lovely name.

Botanica Sun 22-Sep-13 02:08:57

Dieuwke?

saggybaps Sun 22-Sep-13 02:33:54

Anne
Wilhelmina
Gerda
Cynthia
Non
Laura
Marianne

TheAwfulDaughter Sun 22-Sep-13 02:40:37

Marjoleine

Beautiful name

And Leine or even Layna would work well as an English nickname

ichoochoochooseyou Sun 22-Sep-13 03:46:12

Janneke
Lise
Roos

Iwaswatchingthat Sun 22-Sep-13 07:41:42

Hana

Eva

Gwen

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