Quick tip – New URL for Database of Surnames in the Netherlands

Map of the Netherlands

Distribution of the Jansen name in 2007

The database of surnames in the Netherlands has a new home. It is now maintained by the Central Bureau for Genealogy and available at cbgfamilienamen.nl.

In the database, you can look up a name to see how popular it was in 1947 and 2007, and where those people lived. In many cases, there will be a description of the origin of the name and literature references to publications about the name.

Visit the Database of Surnames in the Netherlands

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.


  1. Johan Thorlmohlen (spelling on passenger list) & wife Marie migrated to Australia (Queensland) from Hamburg on the ship Lammershagen and arrived 7.9.1871.

    The family believe he was Dutch. His first name is? keeping in mind the bavarian Kingdom rule around this time.

    Please advise as I am writing a book for the family.

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