You might know about the city of Amsterdam and the artist Vincent Van Gogh, but how many Dutch baby names have you heard on the playground?
Many names from the Netherlands are connected to flowers, strength, and nobility, and they span everything from the simple (like Lisa) to the rare (like Anouk).
Here’s our list of our favorite Dutch names and their meanings.
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- What are common Dutch names?
- Dutch baby girl names
- What are some Dutch boy names?
What are common Dutch names?
These are the most popular dutch names for girls born in the Netherlands:
- Frederika: Meaning peaceful ruler.
- Lieke: The Dutch version of Angelique, which means angelic.
- Maud: Meaning powerful warrior, mighty in battle.
- Isa: Meaning strong-willed.
And if you’re expecting a boy, these are the top Dutch first names for boys:
- Diederik: The Dutch variant of Theodoric, meaning ruler of people.
- Fabian: It is originally Latin and means bean grower.
- Noah: Of Hebrew origin, meaning comfort.
- Timo: A short form of Timothy which translates to honoring God.
Does anything catch your eye?
If you’re looking for a unique or unusual name for your little one, there are plenty of other cute Dutch baby names to consider.
From names that are as traditional as a Dutch lace cap to names with an edgier, modern feel, you’ll find dozens more in our list for girls and boys.
Dutch baby girl names
- Adrie: Meaning ‘from the Adriatic’.
- Aleid: A Dutch short form of Adelaide, meaning ‘graceful’ and ‘noble’.
- Aleta: The Dutch form of Adelheid.
- Amalia: A European name meaning ‘work’. The heir to the throne of the Netherlands is Princess Catharina Amalia.
- Anneke: The Dutch version of the classic name Anna, which means ‘grace’.
- Anneliese: A combination of the Dutch names Anna and Liese.
- Anouk: Another variation on Anna.
- Arabella: A common version of Isabella in the Netherlands and the UK.
- Beatrix: Not a Dutch name, but widely loved across the Netherlands.
- Bente: The feminine form of Benedict, which means ‘brave’.
- Brandy: This Dutch name was popular in the 1970s and 80s.
- Brechtje: The feminine version of Brecht, which means ‘bringer of joy’.
- Cornelia: The feminine version of the name Cornelius.
- Dael: A variation on Dale.
- Daffodil: This is one of the most popular floral names in the Netherlands.
- Doortje: This is the Dutch version of Dorothea and means ‘gift of God’.
- Doutzen: Made famous by the Dutch supermodel, Doutzen Kroes.
- Eline: The Dutch variation of Eliane.
- Elsje: The Dutch variation of Elsa, meaning ‘pledged to God’.
- Evi: A short, unique Dutch name.
- Famke: The Dutch actress Famke Janssen introduced us to this name.
- Fay, Faye: Morgan le Fay was a mighty sorcerer in the Arthurian legends, which are popular in some parts of the Netherlands.
- Fleur: A flower name with Harry Potter connections which is also commonly used in France.
- Grietje: The Dutch form of Greta, which is a nickname of Margaret and means ‘pearl’.
- Gwen: Meaning ‘white circle’.
- Hannie: The Dutch version of Johanna, which means ‘compassionate’.
- Haven: A Dutch name meaning ‘port’.
- Ilse: The Dutch variation of the English name Ilsa.
- Jade: Historically a Spanish term for the beautiful green stone, this name is popular in the Netherlands.
- Lara: The Russian-inspired name is very popular with Dutch parents and means ‘citadel’.
- Liv: An old Dutch baby girl name meaning ‘life’.
- Luna: The second Harry Potter name on this list. Luna is originally a Roman name that honored the goddess of the moon.
- Malou: A combination of Mary and Lou. It means ‘bitter’ but is still a sweet Dutch name.
- Marit: A regal name.
- Noa: A Dutch name familiar in lots of other countries.
- Sanne: A popular baby girl name in the Netherlands, this is the Dutch take on Susanne.
- Skylar: Traditionally a baby boy name, but it is used more as a female name in the Netherlands.
- Tess: The Dutch nickname for Theresa.
- Tulip: A floral name inspired by the beautiful tulip gardens of the Netherlands.
- Yara: Meaning ‘small butterfly’.
What are some Dutch boy names?
- Aart: An artistic Dutch name, short for Arnold.
- Abbe: Meaning ‘nobleman’ and used widely in the Netherlands.
- Abel: A Hebrew name popular with the Dutch. It has several connotations - ‘capable’, ‘willing’, ‘competent’, and ‘ready’.
- Adrianus: The Dutch variant of the name Adrian comes from the Latin name Hadrianus.
- Aldert: The Dutch form of the name Adelhard, meaning ‘noble’ or ‘resolute’.
- Ambroos: The Dutch variation of the popular name Ambrose, which means ‘immortal’.
- Andries: The Dutch version of Andrew, meaning ‘man’.
- Arnoud: Another Dutch variant of the name Arnold.
- Aya: Meaning ‘bird’.
- Bartel: The Dutch short form of the Biblical name Bartholomew, meaning ‘having many furrows’.
- Bas: A nickname for Sebastian.
- Berend: A Dutch a variation of Bernard, which means ‘brave’.
- Boudewijn: This is how you spell Baldwin in the Netherlands.
- Bram: A form of Abraham, which means ‘father of multitudes’.
- Cas: This is the short form of Casper, which means ‘imperial’.
- Christoffel: Dutch for Christopher, the patron saint of travelers.
- Coen: This is the short version of the name Coenrad, the Dutch for Conrad, meaning ‘bold advisor’.
- Danique: A version of Daniel, which means ‘morning star’.
- Dirk: This name was given to several Counts of Netherlands and means ‘ruler of the people’.
- Elmo: A popular Dutch name inspired by Saint Erasmus, the patron saint of the sailors.
- Espen: A cool Dutch name meaning ‘bear of God’.
- Floris: The Dutch male version of Florence. It sounds flowery, but it actually means ‘prosperous’.
- Gerrit: A variation of Gerhard. Several of the Dutch old master painters bore this name.
- Hiddie: Meaning ‘battle’.
- Isaak: The Dutch spelling of Isaac.
- Jacobus: The Dutch variation of the name Jacob, meaning ‘protector’.
- Jelle: The Dutch form of the name William, meaning ‘sacrifice’.
- Joost: A unique and original Dutch baby boy name.
- Kees: The Dutch version of Cornelius, which means ‘calm’.
- Lars: The Dutch male version of the name Lara.
- Markus: Linked to the Roman god of fertility, Mars.
- Meese: The Dutch take on Bartholomew, one of the 12 disciples in the Bible.
- Pim: Meaning ‘resolute protection’.
- Ruben: Meaning ‘behold, a son’.
- Sander: Sander is the Dutch version of the name Alexander, meaning ‘defender of mankind’.
- Sem: A take on Shem, one of the sons of Noah.
- Stijn: The Dutch short form of the popular European names Constantin and Augustin.
- Sven: The name comes from the ancient Swedish tribe, the Saviars, who gave the name to Svealand, which later turned into Sweden.
- Thijs: The Dutch short form of Matthew.
- Van: One of the most famous Dutch baby names for boys.
A baby’s name can be a great way to honor your heritage or remember a special time in your life.
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