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    with the occupation by napoleonic forces the patronymic form was forbidden and they became the lastnames which basically do not change.
    weel nich will dieken dej mot wieken

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    Lightbulb More Frisian (First, Middle, or Last) Names:

    Below are some more Frisians names (in bold and in general) whether first, middle, or last names from Frisian Names along with their genders and meanings in modern English:

    Abich (masculine) = noble
    Aga (feminine) = sword
    Aike (masculine) = sword
    Aiko (masculine or feminine) = love child
    Ailke (masculine or feminine) = sword
    Ake (masculine) = sword
    Ale (masculine) = noble
    Alphie (masculine or feminine) = Noble and ready/prompt; all struggle
    Amke (masculine or feminine) = beloved
    Ane (masculine or feminine) = grace or favor
    Anske (feminine) = eagle
    Anso (masculine) = eagle
    Aukje (feminine) = ?
    Bale (masculine) = bold
    Botha (masculine) = messenger
    Botho (masculine) = messenger
    Dieuwe (masculine) = ? [my observation:...prefix perchance cognate to Thiuda/Deutsch/Dutch/et al.? ...see also 'Tiede' below]
    Dieuwke (feminine) = ? [my observation:...prefix perchance cognate to Thiuda/Deutsch/Dutch/et al.? ...see also 'Tiede' below]
    Doutzen (masculine or feminine) = dove?
    Douwe (masculine) = dove?
    Ede (masculine) = noble
    Edeline (feminine) = noble
    Eibe (masculine) = shining sword
    Eilert (masculine) = strong edge or point
    Eitel (masculine) = shining sword
    Fedde (masculine) = peace
    Femke (feminine) = peace
    Friso (masculine) = Frisian
    Gerke (masculine or feminine) = strength of the spear
    Gesa (feminine) = strength of the spear; spear-maiden
    Gretje (feminine) = pearl
    Grietje (feminine) = pearl
    Habel (masculine) = battle sword
    Hajo (masculine) = enclosure; high son
    Hauke (masculine) = mind, heart, or spirit
    Heike (masculine or feminine) = fenced
    Heiko (masculine) = home ruler
    Heinze (masculine) = home ruler
    Ido (masculine) = work
    Inka (feminine) = feminine form of Inge; the god Ing
    Izo (masculine) = ice; iron
    Jelle (masculine) = value, worth
    Jene (masculine) = God is gracious
    Jent (masculine or feminine) = God is gracious
    Joukje (feminine) = bow
    Klaes (masculine) = victory of the folk
    Lourens (masculine) = man from Laurentum
    Lubbert (masculine) = bright or famous folk
    Mette (feminine) = powerful battler
    Olbert (masculine) = famous for his inheritance
    Roas (feminine) = rose
    Siemen (masculine) = listening
    Sikke (masculine) = protector of victory
    Sjoerd (masculine) = protector of victory
    Tiede (masculine) = ruler of the folk
    Uwe (masculine) = inheritance?
    Wiebke (masculine or feminine) = battle? or will?
    Yfke (feminine) = bow
    Last edited by +Suomut+; Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:24 PM. Reason: correction

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    Those are all forenames, and a lot of them are rather old ones (not much used today) i have to say.

    Aukje: It is unknown where this name comes from and if it has a meaning.
    Dieuwe/Dieuwke: 'Protector of the folk'
    Douwe/Doutzen: indeed 'Dove'
    Uwe: German/Frisian name: 'Leaf'
    Wiebke: If from Wiebe (probably ), then: 'War'

    Sybren: Sword of Victory

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sybren View Post
    Those are all forenames, and a lot of them are rather old ones (not much used today) i have to say.
    The link I list does come from a 'baby-name' suggestion page (I like such pages, and here in the U.S. one can typically find booklets on racks in grocery-store checkout lines like the webpage, believe it or not...gives me something GOOD to read instead of 'gossip-garbage-magazines,' etc. ), so they are primarily given-/first-/forenames; but I mentioned them as being potential middle- or surnames also just because it's possible (confer "Siemen(s)" for example, which is the famous Plattdeutsch surname (of course) and can be argued to mean something else besides the Frisian meaning (long story), but I don't buy the argument; I bet it's of Frisian-root/base, personally) that they can be.
    Aukje: It is unknown where this name comes from and if it has a meaning.
    Dieuwe/Dieuwke: 'Protector of the folk'
    Douwe/Doutzen: indeed 'Dove'
    Uwe: German/Frisian name: 'Leaf'
    Wiebke: If from Wiebe (probably ), then: 'War'
    AWESOME! replies and input...the linked website needs your help! "Auk-je" reminds me of "Au(c)k-land," but these 2 prefixes are absolutely non-cognates. Also, "Wiebke" reminds me as an Eng.-speaker of "wife"...maybe there's a 'connection' with that too: where's ANLEF!?, lol, hehe.
    Sybren: Sword of Victory
    I was wondering what this meant, J., and it's so unusual a name for non-Frisians to see...super cool name both by 'appearance' (spelling) and meaning. :

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    In Ost-Friesland there are also first names like:

    Male:
    Onno
    Heiko/Heike
    Sibo
    Tjark
    Enno
    Wibert
    Ocko (of course, seems to be a form of Ake/Hauke(?))
    Wattje

    Female:
    Swantje (tje indicates a dimunitive, here little swan)
    Inga
    Anke (little Anna)
    Thea
    Rinste
    weel nich will dieken dej mot wieken

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    Here is a book with more than 44,000 friesian first names:

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    it is high-german though
    weel nich will dieken dej mot wieken

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    Those East-Frisian names you posted are very familiar to me. From those male names, practically all of them occur in my family tree, but mostly many centuries ago.

    And those were people living in West-Frisia, not East.

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    those are actually names of childhood friends and my sister's name Anke
    weel nich will dieken dej mot wieken

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huginn ok Muninn View Post
    I believe any surname ending in -stra is typically Frisian.
    Yes many surnames ending with a are Frisian surnames.

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