Dutch name: Ten Hoeve

Dutch Names is a new series of videos on Dutch Genealogy, where you can learn how to pronounce a Dutch name and learn about the origins of that name. The first episode features the name Ten Hoeve. Do you want me to feature your Dutch name in a future episode? Please leave a comment.

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Yvette Hoitink is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for 20 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. Great idea! I wouldn’t mind related ones on how to pronounce professions or genealogical terminology.

  2. Kris Denaway-Reilly says:

    Today the Denaway family FINALLY learned our Dutch name is Dunweg. This has been a mystery for many years! Could you please enlighten us about the name?

  3. I would like to know about the name van den Boom. Thank you.

  4. Ruth Donnelly says:

    Hi Yvette,

    Great idea. There are so many names I can’t pronounce. As you know, there are so many women with Jannetje, Jacomijntje, Pietertje, etc. I would love to know how to pronounce them–to start! Then, the town of Ouddorp & Goedereede on Overflakkee. Thanks so much, Ruth

  5. Yvette,

    I have a couple of names from my wife’s side that would be of interest – DeVries, Pluger, Boonstra for starters. Might also be interesting to include if/how those names changed when folks moved to the US.


  6. Yvette,
    In the U.S. we have very different pronunciations of Schreurs. I would like to know how it is said in Dutch. Also, the origin of the name Freers is mysterious to me. Thanks!

  7. Thank you for doing a series like this. It will be very useful I think. My paternal grandmother was Kathryn VanAuken. Her ancestors date back in the US to the early 1700′s with Marinus VanAkin or Van Aken. who was born in the Netherlands. I am just new at Dutch genealogy and welcome all the advise I can get.

  8. Brenda Leyndyke says:

    As you can see my last name has undergone quite a change. I would love to know about the surname Luijendijk . Thank you. I think this is a great idea and enjoy watching the video.

  9. Adrienne says:

    I would love to know the origin of the family name Voermans.

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