Quick Tip – Is that Dutch Name Male or Female?

If you’re not Dutch, you may wonder if a first name is male or female. You can consult the First Name Database to search for the name. It will give you statistics on how many men (“m”) and women (“v”) had that name in the past 100 years. You can see a graph that shows the popularity of the name over time. You can even click “verspreiding” to see the provinces where the name is most popular.

Yvette is predominantly a female name, which was the most popular in the 1970s.

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® 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 certificate 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.

Comments

  1. When a name ends with “je” or “ie” it’s female. For example: Jan (male) – Jannigje / Jannetje (female). Pieter (male) – Pietje (female). Teunis (male) – Teuntje (female). Willem (male) – Willempje (female).
    Ending with an ‘a’ can be a clue, too. For example: Cornelis (male) – Cornelia / Neeltje (female). Anthonie / Anthonis (male) – Anthonia (female). Wilhelmus (male) – Willemina / Willemijntje (female). Gerrit (male) – Gerdina (female). Adrianus / Adriaan / Arie (male) – Adriana / Adriaantje (female). Hendrik (male) – Hendrika / Hendrina (female).

  2. Marion Vosburg says

    I have reason to believe my ancestry is Dutch, due to the spelling of older members names,
    Original name spelled Vosburgh, the h was dropped around 1900. The farthest back we have records of is 1761 birth of great grandfather Isaac Vosburgh in New York, US. Served in Revolutionary war.
    Thanks,
    Marion

  3. Just wondering if anyone can confirm if the name Marnius is male?

    Many thanks,
    Kim

  4. Jan Arrington says

    Is Doodgeboren a male or female name.

  5. Can someone please help me to know if this name is male or female?

    Levenloos geboren kind Jansen Hendriks

    Thank you!

  6. Male Yvette says

    Hi,

    Is there a male version of the name Yvette? My name is very difficult to read and pronounce as a foreigner but it’s actually quite close to how Yvette is pronounced. So I wanted to say that in some awkward situations that I can’t always explain my name and it’s getting really tiring to do so each and every day to every single person I meet. Why I don’t actually prefer Yvette I’d because I’m male and Yvette is dominantly a female name, I believe.

    Thank you.

  7. Gwen Kersten says

    Will you please tell me if Kunne Boenink is a male or female name? Thank you!

  8. Beverly Lackenbauer says

    Thank you for having so much information on Dutch names. I had 5 Dutch uncles so grew up in a Dutch community in Ontario, Canada. I’ve been trying to work on these uncles genealogies. Your site has been a big help for me with names for these relatives. There is still a few I haven’t found but I’ll keep looking. One is Tine de Jong. I’m wondering if it should be Teine and I’m thinking this person is a female? Your help would be appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Beverly Peer Lackenbauer
    PS My Peer line came from Nederlanden (Holland) also. It was spelled Pier pre American Revolutionary War.

  9. I have found personal names of an apparently married couple from a genealogy search. These names are from the 1500’s, so they were “not found” in this more recent database. The spelling may have been translated incorrectly over the years also. Here they are…

    Geryt

    Gysbertgen

    Which is male and which, female?

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