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02-15-2012, 06:29 PM
Ro Herregraven
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Originally Posted by Henkka View Post
So are Yzerman and Staal.
You can add Troy Brouwer, Jay Bouwmeester, Lance Bouma, Cam Janssen, Dave Bolland, David van der Gulik, Jed Ortmeyer, Paul Postma, Nick Spaling, Kevin Klein, Calvin de Haan, Jim Vandermeer, BJ Crombeen, Dan Hamhuis and the late Derek Boogaard. All definitely names with Dutch heritage. And that's just from the NHL, and just from this season.

There are even more, but they have questionmarks behind their names.
Phil Kessel could be German, could be Dutch. Same goes for Andrew Alberts.
Peters, Weber, Hendricks and Holland (dh) are also common surnames in The Netherlands, but they're also found in Germany and England, so

Originally Posted by Henkka View Post
Does Yzerman really mean "IronMan"?
Yes :-) yzer, or ijzer as it is now spelled in Dutch (yzer is how it used to be spelled in ye olde days) is the dutch word for iron. A lot of dutch surnames end in -man, but so do a lot of Anglo-saxon, german and scandinavian names.

There are boatloads of Dutch names in North-American hockey. Ofcourse due to immigration pre- and post WWII, but also from decades or even centuries earlier. Vancouver was named after English captain George Vancouver, who was a descendant of the Dutch family of Van Coeverden. (the 'oe' in dutch is pronounced the same as the 'ou' in Vancouver).

The best known from the past are ofcourse Yzerman and Nieuwendyk. But also big bad bruin John Wensink had Dutch heritage. His brother Bill played many years in the Dutch league, even for the Dutch NT.

Others include for instance John van Boxmeer and Ed Kea, who both would have played in the 1980 Olympics if they weren't tied up in the NHL play-offs at the time (back then, the IIHf didn't have the rule where you had to play two years in a Dutch league to be eligible for the Dutch NT). John Vanbiesbrouck apparently has Belgian roots.

Basically, if a surname starts with 'van', 'van de', 'van der' or 'de', chances are pretty big the person has Dutch heritage. Think Van der Meer, Van den Bussche, Vande Velde, Van Allen, Van Ryn, Van Riemsdyk, Wayne van Dorp, Van Drunen, De Boer. Many Dutch families who moved to North-America had the spaces in their names removed to Anglicise their names.

Note: If it starts with 'von', it's probably German.

Frisian names usually end in -ma, -sma or -stra (Friesland is one of the northern Dutch provinces)
Think Hoekstra, Dijkstra, Stienstra, Bylsma, Bouma, Schaafsma, Brolsma, etcetera.

-huis (dutch for house) is also a common name ending (Nienhuis, Dykhuis, Hamhuis)

And in The Netherlands, we have ofcourse a lot of dikes. Nieuwendyk, Dykhuis, Dykstra, Van Riemsdyk. We also have lesbians.

Also, I need to get out more.

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