Source: Meertens Instituut

The Meertens Institute, established in 1926, has been a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) since 1952. We study the diversity in language and culture in the Netherlands. Our focus is on contemporary research into factors that play a role in determining social identities in the Dutch society.

History of Dutch Name-Giving

How did our Dutch ancestors decide the names for their children? Why are some many of the names the same?