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Surname Traditions in Holland?

Surname Traditions in Holland?

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 3:23AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: van Cortenbosch, van Swaenswijck
Several of my early ancestors (14th to 17th centuries) hail from Holland, especially Noord-Brabant and Wijck in Gelderland. In two cases, I've found that someone's surname contained a city name in it: 'van SwaensWIJCK' (Wijck) and 'van CortenBOSCH' ('s-Hertogenbosch, often called simply Den Bosch or Bosch). Does this mean anything? How was a surname typically picked in Holland?
Thanks! xx

Re: Surname Traditions in Holland?

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 12:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
The names you refer to just happen to have a city name in them and it certainly doesn't mean the person hails from Wijck or 's Hertogenbosch. Bosch also means forest (amongst others). Surnames were not just picked and different surnames have different origines. Surnames can come from the place a person hailed from, from the old patronimical system (Jansen = Jan's son), from nicknames, from the profession a person had (Visser = Fisher). In 1811 the surname a person had was officialy registred, but due to a lack of spelling rules you will find different spelling of a surnames within a family even after the registration.

Re: Surname Traditions in Holland?

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 10:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you :)

Re: Surname Traditions in Holland?

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 11:02PM GMT
Classification: Lookup
Have a look at http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/nfb/ for dutch surnames and their history for Zwaanswijk and Kortebos.
Names with "van" are usually an indication about the village or farmname where thwy come from.
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