Locations Groningen - Friesland - Drenthe - Overijssel - Flevoland - Gelderland - Utrecht - Noord-Holland - Zuid-Holland - Zeeland - Noord-Brabant - Limburg - Amsterdam - Rotterdam - Den Haag - Netherlands Antilles - Surinam - Australia - Canada - Germany - Ghana - Taiwan - USA
Topics Baptists - Dates and times - Dutch food - Dutch history - Dutch language - Dutch names - Emigration - Early Dutch settlers - Ellis Island - Holland America Line - New to Dutch genealogy - Newsletter - Online genealogy - Pitfalls - Sources - Wilhelminakade - Wie was wie

Names of months

Dutch names of months will not present any difficulties for English readers: Januari, Februari, Maart, April, Mei, Juni, Juli, Augustus, September, Oktober (in older documents usually October), November, December. Slight spelling changes do exist in older documents (in particular, the final -i of some months is often replaced by -ij or -y), but the months will still be recognizable, even if you don't speak Dutch. But there is a catch. Just as in English, the names of the last four months are based on a Latin numeral: septem (7), okto or octo (8), novem (9) and decem (10) - the numbers 7 to 10, for the 9th to 12th month. Sometimes september, october, november and december are abbreviated to 7ber, 8ber, 9ber and 10ber, or VIIber, VIIIber, IXber and Xber. Watch out: 7 and VII mean July, 7ber and VIIber (or the genitive 7bris and VIIbris) mean September! (And the -ber suffix is sometimes barely readable.)

Labels: ,

Subscribe to feed


Post a Comment

<< Home