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Dutch/Freisian name - Yttje - does anyone know the English equivalent?

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radstar Wed 10-Jun-09 22:24:22

Hi, does anyone know the meaning of this Dutch/Freisian name or know of an English equivalent to it?

Tinker Wed 10-Jun-09 22:25:18

How is it pronounced??

radstar Wed 10-Jun-09 22:27:26

It's pronounced Eat ya as far as I know. I think there may be alternative spellings, cant remember them at the moment though, possibly yttse

skihorse Fri 12-Jun-09 22:05:03

Yvette? Of course we don't really have that "tje" (cha) in English.

kalo12 Fri 12-Jun-09 22:07:19


CarGirl Fri 12-Jun-09 22:09:23

the "je" literally means little, so nintje means "little bunny" there are lots of Dutch names that don't have english equivalents.

Something like Evie perhaps?

hester Fri 12-Jun-09 22:09:43

Etta? Ettie? Hester grin ?

kalo12 Fri 12-Jun-09 22:10:54


PootleTheFlump Fri 12-Jun-09 22:27:46

I immediately thought of Etta, (it was the name of one of the friends of an Apprentice candidate that they interviewed and I thought it was a really nice name at the time, unusual but not wierd! Not sure of meaning though.

hester Fri 12-Jun-09 22:44:48

I think Etta is a very pretty name.

radstar Sat 13-Jun-09 09:30:37

thanks - didn't know about the je meaning little that is useful. We haven't anyone to ask but the name is important for family reasons, may just stick with original. xx

ps I LOVE Evie but Dp hates it, got a while to worry about it though we ended up with a ds! but I thought I would ask seeing as lots of people go on here

CarGirl Sat 13-Jun-09 11:52:40

I'll ask DutchOma for you , think I have her email addy. I know an elderly Etta, her proper name is Henrietta!

DutchOma Sat 13-Jun-09 13:13:58

I was quite perplexed by Cargirl's e.mail. Friesian names are quite an entity on their own and I have never heard the name Yttje, let alone being able to suggest an English alternative, so sorry.
I had a friend who was called Ietje, but I can't remember what her full name was. Dutch people do that:- they give their children beautiful long names and then call them something totally different: my niece has twins called Rozemarijn Francien and Helena Hendrika and they are called Renske and Lonneke.

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