The story behind weird Dutch last names

In 1811, the Netherlands were being controlled by Napoleon’s French Empire. Napoleon then officially ordered all Dutch people to declare a last name. Many thought this was a temporary measure and therefore did not take it seriously.

This resulted in last names such as Uiekruier (Onion-crier), Naaktgeboren (Born naked), Poepjes (Little shit), Zeldenthuis (Rarely at home), Zondervan (without a surname), Piest (to urinate) and Kaasenbrood (Cheese and bread). Unfortunately for them -and many others- the names were not temporary but instead are stuck to their ancestors to this very day and the foreseeable future.



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Information sources:

http://genealogy.about.com/library/authors/ucklaassen1f.htm
http://baheyeldin.com/writings/culture/how-the-dutch-got-their-funny-names.html
http://genealogy.about.com/library/authors/ucklaassen1f.htm

Photo Credits / Sources:

By Lies Thru a Lens  (Amsterdam – the Canal Ring) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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