Traditional Dutch first names for girls
In yesterday's post we discussed male Dutch names, so let's have a look now at female Dutch names. Popularity of names has changed drastically in the last 50 years, even more for Dutch girls names than for Dutch boys names. Especially the shorter forms that have always been popular, like Bep, Mien, Marietje or Griet, have completely disappeared. A surprising exception is Anna, a name that has maintained its position in the top ten of popular names.
Anna. From the Hebrew Hanna. Biblical name, and the name of a Saint. Short forms: An, Annie, Ansje. English equivalents: Anna, Ann.
Catharina. Probably Greek. The name of several Saints. Short forms: Trijntje, Cato, To, Kaatje, Tinie, and many others. English equivalent: Catherine.
Elisabeth, Elizabeth. From the Hebrew Elisjeba. Biblical name (Luke 1:5), the name of several Saints, the name of two reigning queens of England. Short forms: Lijsje, Lies, Bep.
Margaretha, Grietje. From the Greek word margarité, pearl. The name of several Saints. Short forms: Griet, Greet, Margreet. English equivalent: Margaret.
Maria. From the Hebrew Mirjam. Biblical name, the name of Jesus' mother, the name of several Saints, the name of several reigning English and Scottish queens. Short forms: Ria, Rie, Marie, Marietje. English equivalent: Mary. The name Maria is also popular as the second or third (but never first) given name for boys in the Catholic parts of The Netherlands.
Related article: Dutch given names.
This is the third article in a series of four about Dutch given names. The other articles are:
- Traditional Dutch first names for boys
- Popular Dutch first names for boys
- Popular Dutch first names for girls
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