Quick tip – That Frisian female might be male!

If you do research in Friesland, you will notice that the names there are quite different from the rest of the Netherlands. Friesland has its own language, Frisian (Fries) which comes with its own unique set of names.

Some Frisian male names look like female names to those of us who are not from Friesland. Some of these names are used as female names in other parts of the country. If you’re unsure whether the person is male or female, check the record to see what the role is (bruidegom/groom, bruid/bride, zoon/son, dochter/daughter).

Examples of Frisian male names that can be mistaken for female names are Anne, Jentje, Sjouke, Wopke, Romke and Bauke.

Man and woman in traditional clothes

A Frisian man and woman in traditional costume. Credits: L.G. Portman, Rijksmuseum (public domain)


About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She holds the Certified Genealogist credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has a post-graduate diploma in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and helps people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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