This post has been edited to correct errors!! I will continue to do so as necessary.
Just for fun I thought I’d post the Dutch surnames that pop up in my family tree.
- Zuidweg or Zuijdweg
- DeKorn or DeKorne
- Peek or Paak
- VanLiere (this one is not a direct ancestor, but we have relatives in the United States)
- Hijman or Heijman
- Van Nek
- den Besten
- Remijinse or Remine (this name is one ancestor line, but is also more recently by marriage)
- De Jonge
- Van den Berger
- Machiels or Pieters
Only a few of these surnames are found on lists of common Dutch names.
Mulder is on every list as it means miller.
My grandmother told me that Remijinse is a name which originally came to the family from Spain.
Zuidweg, meaning south way, also might have similar origins–it’s unclear. The results of my 23andme test does show that I have Spanish ancestry, and the likely source would be the Spaniards that left Spain at the time of the Inquisition and made their way to Holland.
When I visited the Netherlands, a man told me that DeKorn meant that the first DeKorn came to the Netherlands from Switzerland.
Yvette Hoitink has another idea. This is what she wrote about the name:
Boudewijn de Corne (sr.) was called De Corne and De Kooren. “De” is the Dutch word for “The” but can also be the French word for “From.” Since “Corne” is not a Dutch word and “Kooren” (corn) would have a different article (“het” instead of “de”), a French origin is possible. One possible explanation for the name is that the family originated in a place called Corné. A village called Corné is located near Angers [on map it's located in western France]. A lot of French Huguenots came to the province of Zeeland in the period after the Edict of Nantes was revoked in 1685.
Yvette’s theory fits with the family story I heard very often that we were descended from French Huguenots.