Top 20 in Holland

I decided to see what the most popular names in [name]Holland[/name] are at the moment and I found this top 20 list on the internet. I wonder what you guys think of the Dutch version of the top 20. :wink:


  1. [name]Daan[/name]
  2. [name]Sem[/name]
  3. [name]Ruben[/name]
  4. [name]Lars[/name]
  5. [name]Thomas[/name]
  6. [name]Lucas[/name]
  7. [name]Tim[/name]
  8. [name]Jesse[/name]
  9. [name]Jayden[/name]
  10. [name]Milan[/name]
  11. [name]Thijs[/name]
  12. [name]Finn[/name]
  13. [name]Sven[/name]
  14. [name]Stijn[/name]
  15. Luuk
  16. [name]Levi[/name]
  17. [name]Bram[/name]
  18. [name]Julian[/name]
  19. Gijs
  20. [name]Jan[/name]
    I don”t think any of the names are pronounced the way you think it should be pronounced, except maybe for [name]Jayden[/name] and [name]Finn[/name]. Only [name]Sem[/name] is pronounced like [name]Sam[/name] is in English so that one makes sense. But even [name]Levi[/name] is pronounced differently. It”s [name]Lay[/name]-Vee instead of Leh-Vee. And for instance [name]Jesse[/name] is not [name]Jess[/name]-See but Yes-uh/Yes-suh.


  1. [name]Emma[/name]
  2. [name]Sophie[/name]
  3. [name]Julia[/name]
  4. Lieke
  5. [name]Lisa[/name]
  6. [name]Lotte[/name]
  7. [name]Eva[/name]
  8. [name]Anna[/name]
  9. [name]Sanne[/name]
  10. [name]Noa[/name]
  11. Jasmijn
  12. [name]Anne[/name]
  13. [name]Isa[/name]
  14. [name]Sara[/name]
  15. Femke
  16. [name]Amber[/name]
  17. [name]Tess[/name]
  18. [name]Britt[/name]
  19. [name]Anouk[/name]
  20. [name]Fleur[/name]

Same here, most of the names are pronounced different than the American versions, except for [name]Emma[/name]. Some names are similar like [name]Sophie[/name], but in English it”s more pronounced like Sow-fee, and in Dutch both parts are pronounced shorter, more like So-FEEH. [name]Eva[/name] is pronounced like [name]Ava[/name].

Let me know what you think of these names and just ask away if you want to know a pronounciation of a name! :smiley:

I have never heard levi pronounced Leh-vee. I’ve only ever heard it pronounced [name]Lee[/name]-vie.

[name]Thijs[/name] - Ohhh I was already trying to figure out a word that has the ‘ij’ sound in it because I was sure someone was going to ask for it haha. On the internet I found a thing that says ‘names that sound like [name]Thijs[/name]’ and there’s apparently an Irish name ‘Teige’ but I think it’s pronounced Teidjz (well something like that :P) and [name]Thijs[/name] is more pronounced like Teis. =) The h is silent, so it doesn’t have that typical ‘th’ sound. :wink: [name]Just[/name] like [name]Thomas[/name] in Dutch, it’s pronounced with just a T, no TH. I hope that was a bit helpful.

Apparently it’s an Hebrew name and in English it’s a short form of [name]Matthew[/name] (In Dutch it’s a short form of Mathijs)

And I think it’s cool that you said [name]Bram[/name] is a fun name! It’s such a typical Dutch name haha. :wink: Prn. BRAEM

I kinda like the name [name]Julian[/name] too. Everytime I see it on nameberry I fall in love again because names I read on nameberry I pronounce them with the English pronounciation. I like ‘Djoelian’ better than ‘Yulian’ :wink: So if I wanted to use that one for my future son I’d have to move to an English speaking country first. :wink:

I also love the names [name]Anna[/name] and [name]Anne[/name], they are simple and classic. I also love the name [name]Fleur[/name], I also love Floor, too bad it’s an actual word in English tho, because it’s so cute! I know a girl whose name is [name]Anne[/name]-[name]Fleur[/name] ([name]Anne[/name] is pronounced with 2 syllables here, [name]Ann[/name]-nuh). [name]Anne[/name] can be put in front of a lot of names, I have often heard of people called [name]Anne[/name]-[name]Fleur[/name], [name]Anne[/name]-Roos (Roos=[name]Rose[/name]), [name]Anne[/name]-[name]Kirsten[/name], [name]Anne[/name]-[name]Marie[/name], Annemiek (my best friend! [name]Ann[/name]-nuh-meek).

(Whoops, sorry this turned out to be such a long post!)

Whoops, sorry! I also know it pronounced as [name]Lee[/name]-vie. I was thinking in Dutch and English at the same time, which didn’t really work out here. :wink: The [name]Lee[/name]-vie pronounciation is still different from the [name]Lay[/name]-vee one in Dutch tho. :wink:

My favorite boys from this are [name]Ruben[/name] and [name]Julian[/name]. For girls [name]Noa[/name]. I actually started coming across this name and I’m trying to figure out if it will fit. I don’t think my husband would like it.

I’m also fascinated by [name]Noa[/name] - I liked [name]Noah[/name] until it became so popular for boys, and now I am looking at unisex names, so [name]Noa[/name] might be perfect. I love hearing that it’s normal in other countries (also in [name]Israel[/name], apparently) so it’s out of the “made up” or “yooneek spelling” territories.

To the OP - thank you, that list is great! SO interesting, especially the boys. Is [name]Milan[/name] literally a place name, or does it mean something else in Dutch? [name]Thijs[/name] is also popular in Afrikaans (I grew up in South [name]Africa[/name]) but it was usually spelt “Thys”. I also find it fascinating how the boys list is quite different, but the girls has a lot more crossover with the UK and US lists.

For the longest time my favorite girls name was [name]Noa[/name], I love it a lot!

I love [name]Noa[/name] a lot! I don’t see it as a unisex name tho, for some reason. Probably because [name]Noa[/name] for a girl is popular here in [name]Holland[/name], but [name]Noah[/name] for a boy is not.

I’ve read that [name]Milan[/name] is a Slavic name, it’s short for Miroslaw, but I believe that it became popular here in [name]Holland[/name] after it was used on our most popular soap opera. :wink:

[name]Thijs[/name] can also be spelled Thys here, we pronounce the Y as an ij or as an ie/ee sound, it depends on the name/word. :wink:

I love the look of [name]Isa[/name] … is that pronounced eye-ssa (soft ‘s’) or eye-za (hard ‘s’)?

Thank you for this; it’s so interesting to see what names are popular in other countries!

I like [name]Bram[/name] and [name]Julian[/name] for boys, as well as maybe [name]Ruben[/name], but not as much as the other two…
Of the girls, my favourite is definitely [name]Anouk[/name], which I’ve loved since I first saw the film “Chocolat” ^^ I also like Lieke, [name]Noa[/name] and [name]Isa[/name], [name]Noa[/name] in particular… And the Dutch version of [name]Rose[/name], Roos, and I think [name]Saskia[/name] is Dutch as well? I really like her too, although Roos and [name]Saskia[/name] are not on the list… I think Dutch names are spunky! The sounds are a bit awkward and less melodious than many English names, but I think it adds some variety to a name, and I really like that! I can be overwhelmed with the softness of some names, like [name]Leah[/name]. She sounds like a whisper, or someone taking a breath… Many of the Dutch names have more substance, which I can greatly appreciate!

It sounds more like Ee-sa with a soft s sound. I guess it sounds kind of like [name]Lisa[/name] without the L. :wink: The I is pronounced like a short ‘ee’ sound in Dutch. I like this name. Though there’s an actress with this name, and I don’t really like her. If I didn’t know her I’d probably love the name [name]Isa[/name] way more! Isn’t it funny how one person can make or break a name?

[name]Anouk[/name] can be spelled in different ways, I know 2 [name]Anouk[/name]'s and one [name]Anouck[/name]. :slight_smile: You know I didn’t even notice it before you said it that Roos isn’t on the list for girls. That surprises me. Not that I know any little girls named Roos, but it just seems like one of those names that’s always around. Yes [name]Saskia[/name] is a Dutch name as well, but it’s kind of dated, it’s still okay to give that name to a little girl, but it’s mostly people my age (19) and older who are named [name]Saskia[/name].

I think so too that English words sound more melodious. In Dutch we have a lot of harsh sounding sounds. Like the G, it’s that kind of back in the throat sound that not a lot of languages have. I like it though! :smiley:

[name]Tamara[/name], I was surprised at Roos not being on the list… I was sure she would be there!

I’m Norwegian, so I’m very aware of the “lack” of harsh sounds in the English language, since there are so many sounds I’m used to in my language that just aren’t there in English… I’m also OK in [name]German[/name] and know more Spanish than the average Norwegian, so I’m very aware of differences in sounds… We also have a LOT more vowel sounds in Norwegian, and that makes it really hard for me to understand how for example [name]Madelyn[/name] and [name]Madeline[/name] can be pronounced the same way…
Sometimes when I speak English a lot, I miss the harsh sounds, but English is still my favourite language because of all the possibilities with the 1 000 000 words! Norwegian has 300 000, but many of them are imported… English is full of opportunities and I have to admit I love that ^^

It sounds more like Ee-sa with a soft s sound. I guess it sounds kind of like [name]Lisa[/name] without the L. :wink: The I is pronounced like a short ‘ee’ sound in Dutch. I like this name. Though there’s an actress with this name, and I don’t really like her. If I didn’t know her I’d probably love the name [name]Isa[/name] way more! Isn’t it funny how one person can make or break a name?[/quote]

Oh, I really like it!

Yes, it is unfortunate how one bad connotation can ruin a name … even namesakes you don’t know personally - I think [name]Lolita[/name] would be such a perfect name, if it hadn’t been for the book :frowning:

I’m English, and I love melodious names, but I also like clunkier ones like Ermengarde, too (I speak [name]German[/name], so this might have affected the names I like …). I adore [name]Anouk[/name], as well - it has such a satisfying sound!

[name]Don[/name]'t get me wrong, I love melodious names ([name]Eulalie[/name], for one), and English is a more “beautiful” name than [name]German[/name] for example (there are other good adjectives to describe [name]German[/name]^^). I just think there’s a special quality and charm to the clunkier names… [name]Rosalie[/name] is sweet, but [name]Rosamund[/name] is charming, if that describes the difference ^^ And I absolutely adore Ermengarde! I imagine a little girl with a VERY large hat, so it looks like she’s about to fall over and has trouble keeping her head up, and it just melts my heart for some reason ^^

My favorites

[name]Noa[/name] - [name]LOVE[/name] this one! Especially for a girl.

I am really surprised to [name]Lisa[/name] (my name) here and on the the top 20 [name]France[/name] list.

Scrambled my name is [name]Isla[/name] and I know that’s a popular one here.

[name]NOA[/name] is great - the first time I have heard of it for a girl, but with so many of us being enthusiastic about it, it will probably end up overused in five years time!

I remember reading The Girl with the [name]Pearl[/name] Earring and liking the name Griet ([name]GREET[/name]) and also Vermeer’s daughter, [name]Cornelia[/name].

Could you give me your opinions of my favorite dutch names (how popular they are, etc.

thanks!! :slight_smile:

Oops I just saw that question, two months late… sorry!

But those are the names of four Dutch top models haha. They are no where near the top 100 I’d guess. They aren’t very popular. I think [name]Doutzen[/name] might get more popular now that the model [name]Doutzen[/name] Kroes is getting more popular. Lonneke is also not unheard of but not very popular. But Ymre and [name]Iekeliene[/name] are kind of rare names. :wink:

The names of two other Dutch topmodels [name]Bette[/name] (Franke - pronounced [name]Bet[/name]-tuh) and [name]Kim[/name] (Noorda) are much more popular!