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The Dutch are known for their creativity, even in names. Famous Dutch include artist Vincent van Gogh, performer-cum-female spy Mata Hari (born Margaretha Geertruida and made famous by Greta Garbo), and celebrity James Van Der Beek.

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Aleta

Dutch: Dutch form of Adelheid

English: Little winged one

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Anika

Dutch: Dutch form of Anne

Hebrew: Grace

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Anki

Dutch: Dutch form of Anne

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Annemie

Dutch: Bitter grace

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Arabella

If you love the name Isabella but can't bear to have your daughter in a class with five other kids with the same name, try...

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Barend

Dutch: Bear

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Betje

Dutch: Devoted to God

Hebrew: Devoted to God

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Bonifacius

Dutch: Does good

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Bram

Dutch Origin

English Origin

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Dael

Dutch: Small valley

English: Lives in the valley

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Dirck

Dutch: Dutch forms of Theodoric

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Dirk

Try hard not to associate this name with the character of Dirk Diggler from Boogie Nights, because it's a name fit for nobility...

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Ede

Dutch Origin

English Origin

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Elmo

Dutch Origin

Italian: Helmet, protection; Saint Elmo is the common name for Saint Erasmus, the patron saint of sailors. Saint Elmo''s fire is said...

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Espen

Dutch: Bear of God

Scandinavian: Bear god

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Francisca

Dutch Origin

Spanish Origin

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Gerritt

Dutch: Variant of Gerald rules by the spear.

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Gust

Dutch: Feminine form of Gustaaf

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Hans

Dutch Origin

German: God has been gracious; variant of John

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Harm

Harm is the Dutch short form of Herman, and it's still pretty popular. Much like Hans, it's short and to the point, but most...

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Haven

Haven is truly a contemporary name—it didn’t start showing up on baby names lists until 1990s. It was barely a blip on...

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Hendrik

Dutch Origin

Swedish: Swedish form of Henry rules the home

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Issac

A spelling variation of the oh-so-popular Isaac, Issac with two S's is really catching on among parents. In the Old Testament...

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Jaap

Dutch: Familiar form

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Jan

Dutch Origin

Polish Origin

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Johan

Johan combines Old Europe charm with modern maturity. It's the Nordic variation of John, and it's about as popular in Sweden...

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Karel

Czech Origin

Dutch: Strong, manly. Variant of Karl.

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Karianne

Dutch: Blend of Katharina and Johanna

Scandinavian: Pure; abbreviation of Katherine

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Kerstan

Dutch Origin

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Lars

This charmingly foreign-sounding name comes the Scandinavian translation of the Latin word "Laurentius," which means, literally...

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