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Er zijn maar weinig voornamen waar je U tegen zegt = There aren't many of U around 

Er zijn maar weinig voornamen waar je U tegen zegt = There aren't many of U around  | Name News | Scoop.it
Welke voorletter komt in Nederland het minst voor? Is het de X? De Q? De Y? Nee, het is de U. Nederland telt maar 8000 inwoners – of 0,05% van de totale
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What's the least common initial in the Netherlands? Q, X, Z? No, it's U. Only 8000 people in the country have a U-name, and most of them are variants of Ursula, Ulrich, or Uilke (a Frisian diminutive...and apparently one form, Uiltje, also means "Owl" in Dutch).

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Mein seltener Name und ich: Gode = My rare name and me: Gode

Mein seltener Name und ich: Gode = My rare name and me: Gode | Name News | Scoop.it
Gode ist mit seinem seltenen Namen im Reinen und mag ihn gern. Das war nicht immer so: Als Kind hätte er manchmal gern einen Allerweltsnamen gehabt.
Clare's insight:

Like Annemarie, I wrongly assument Gode was purely a female name. In fact, it's unisex. It's a short form for names beginning with the Low Germanic "God-" element, both male (like Godric) and female (like Godith).

 

This Gode is a man, and his siblings have great names too: Bela and Elmo.

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Kindernamen van de week 7/2016 – Bruin of Stoffel?

Kindernamen van de week 7/2016 – Bruin of Stoffel? | Name News | Scoop.it
Uniek of gewoontjes, mooi of lelijk, hockey of tokkie? Geef je mening over de kindernamen van de week.
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Old-school bames from Frisia in 1915. I have no idea how they sound to modern Frisian and Dutch speakers, but I'm loving the list. There's Tjalling, Remmelt, Habel Heinze and more.

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Nicknames: Feminine diminutive suffixes in medieval German

Nicknames: Feminine diminutive suffixes in medieval German | Name News | Scoop.it
In today’s post, we take a look at an area which has an amazing diversity of diminutive suffixes used in women’s names: medieval Germanic dialects (including Dutch ones from the Low Countries, because of their close kinship with Low German suffixes).
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Befke, Dooie, Likje en Wipje: 56 Friese voornamen die je je kind maar beter niet kunt geven = 56 Frisian names you probably shouldn't give your children

Befke, Dooie, Likje en Wipje: 56 Friese voornamen die je je kind maar beter niet kunt geven = 56 Frisian names you probably shouldn't give your children | Name News | Scoop.it
Vorige week zette ik 150 originele Friese voornamen op een rijtje die best wel eens wat populairder mogen worden. Maar er bestaan ook Friese namen waar je een kind beslist geen plezier mee doet, zo...
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In brackets are their Dutch equivalents, which is interesting in itself for a bit of comparative philols.

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Kann man heute noch Hero heißen? = Can people still be called Hero nowadays?

Kann man heute noch Hero heißen? = Can people still be called Hero nowadays? | Name News | Scoop.it
Weil seltene Friesennamen, wie auch Hero einer ist, bei mir in der Regel gut angeschrieben sind, frage ich mich: Könnte man diese Kurzform noch guten Gewissens
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We know that Hero is a Greek girls' name, but it's also a Frisian boys' name. But is it still usable, given that it's an English word too? Annemarie weighs in and suggests some alternatives.

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Doutzen Kroes, plus Iris, Neelie, Rens en Wolter

Doutzen Kroes, plus Iris, Neelie, Rens en Wolter | Name News | Scoop.it
Is het jullie ooit opgevallen dat Doutzen Kroes zoveel achternaamgenoten heeft? Ik telde onder meer Iris Kroes, Rens Kroes, Neelie Kroes en Wolter Kroes.
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The surname Kroes has a high concentration in certain parts of the Netherlands and Frisia. It has several possible origins. Its most famous bearer is the model Doutzen Kroes, and here Emma takes a look at her and some other well-known Kroeses.

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Kindernamen van de week 5/2016 – Jazzleigh of Jinthe?

Kindernamen van de week 5/2016 – Jazzleigh of Jinthe? | Name News | Scoop.it
Uniek of gewoontjes, mooi of lelijk, hockey of tokkie? Geef je mening over de kindernamen van de week.
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This week's names are from a town in Friesland. The name that grabbed me here was Sybren. I've never heard it before, but further investigation (ie I googled it) suggests it's a Frisian form of names like Sigbern and Sigbrand, and is also spelled Sibren. 


I'm really taken by it! Could be a good alternative to Soren, Sixten or Simon?

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Kindernamen van de week 43/2015 – Jildou of Annalie? = Names of the week

Kindernamen van de week 43/2015 – Jildou of Annalie? = Names of the week | Name News | Scoop.it
Uniek of gewoontjes, mooi of lelijk, hockey of tokkie? Dit zijn de kindernamen van de week.
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With Dittmar, Hadewych (Hedwig, I presume?), Miroussia, and more fun findings from Frisia.


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150 originele Friese voornamen = 150 original Frisian names

150 originele Friese voornamen = 150 original Frisian names | Name News | Scoop.it
Hou je van Friese voornamen, maar vind je Fenna of Jelle te afgezaagd en Befke of Tietje te vreemd?
Clare's insight:

Ah Frisian.  It's a group of dialects closely related to Dutch and other surrounding languages by history and proximity, very much worth celebrating and keeping alive.

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