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Famous Dutchmen

Many people think it is fun to see if they are related to well known people. There are even television shows about this item, like Verborgen Verleden (Hidden Past) and Verre Verwanten in the Netherlands and Who do you think you are? in the United Kingdom.


We have made some lists of ancestors of well known Dutchmen, mostly politicians. These lists obey the following rules:

  • We have only used information from the public domain (interviews, websites authorized by the subjects themselves, newspaper adverts, and public records from the archives).
  • To protect the privacy of living people, we only give the names of the parents, and no other information.

We hope you'll have fun discovering famous distant relatives, and would welcome your comments and questions. Also, if you can fill in some of the blanks in our documents, we'd like to hear from you.

You may freely copy these data for your own use. If you publicize them in any way, we only ask you to make a reference to our website, http://www.familyaffairs.nl.


Verre Verwanten

Some generations of ancestors of the following people were published in the Dutch TV series Verre Verwanten (distant relatives), we have added to that information.

Because these people have chosen to go on national television with data about their parents, we here give details about their parents, as televised on "Verre Verwanten".

Series 1:

Isa Hoes Annemarie Jorritsma-Lebbink
Jan Marijnissen Henk Schiffmacher
Ernst Daniël Smid  

Series 2:

Sjaak Bral Robert ten Brink
Joke Bruijs Herman Finkers
Jochem van Gelder Dione de Graaff
Hans Klok Loes Luca
Jeltje van Nieuwenhoven  

Series 3:

Jenny Arean Joop Braakhekke
Ron Brandsteder Bart Chabot
Cilly Dartell Harm Edens
Henny Huisman Astrid Joosten
Marnix Kappers Carel Kraaijenhof
Nelleke van der Krogt Joris Linssen
Patrick Lodiers Eise Postma
Sylvana Simons Birgit and Katja Schuurman
Lucille Werner Bas Westerweel

Series 4:

Hedy d'Ancona Barbara and Frits Barend
Jetske van den Elsen Monique and Suzanne Klemann
Quintis Ristie Edsilia Rombley
Babette and Herman van Veen Peter van der Vorst
Pierre Wind  

Verborgen Verleden

Some generations of ancestors of the following people were published in the Dutch TV series Verborgen Verleden (Hidden Past), we have added to that information.

Because these people have chosen to go on national television with data about their parents, we here give details about their parents, as televised on "Verborgen verleden".

Series 1:

Philip Freriks Maria Goos
Youri (and Jan) Mulder Gerard Spong
Carry Tefsen Monique van de Ven
Mei Li Vos Tommy Wieringa

Series 2:

Willeke Alberti Hugo Borst
Arjan Ederveen Tania Kross
Liesbeth List Maarten van Rossem
Jan Jaap van der Wal Leon de Winter


Series 3:

Cees Geel Sophie Hilbrand
Marc-Marie Huijbregts Bennie Jolink
Lenny Kuhr Jetty Mathurin
Joost Prinsen Peter van der Vorst

Series 4:

Stef Bos Daphne Bunskoek
Nasrdin Dchar Ronald Giphart
Marte Röling Mart Smeets
Waldemar Torenstra Gerdi Verbeet

Dutch Nobel Laureates

19 Dutchmen have so far been awarded a Nobel Prize. Below, we present what we know about their ancestors.

Tobias Asser Nico Bloembergen
Paul Crutzen Peter Debye
Christiaan Eijkman Willem Einthoven
Andre Geim Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff
Gerardus 't Hooft Tjalling Koopmans
Hendrik Antoon Lorentz Simon van der Meer
Heike Kamerlingh Onnes Jan Tinbergen
Nico Tinbergen Martinus Veltman
Johannes Diderik van der Waals Pieter Zeeman
Frits Zernike  

 

Politicians

Dries van Agt Jan Peter Balkenende
Job Cohen Willem Drees
Pim Fortuyn Ruud Lubbers
Ivo Opstelten William I, prince of Orange
Alexander Pechtold Andre Rouvoet
Mark Rutte Diederik Samsom
Jolande Sap Pieter Troelstra
Rita Verdonk Hans Wiegel
Geert Wilders  

Others

Godfried Bomans Kees Brusse
Anton Corbijn Hugo Brandt Corstius
Rudi van Dantzig Rijk de Gooyer
Hella Haasse Gerrit Jan Heijn
Willem Frederik Hermans Johnny Hoes
Aletta Jacobs Antonie Kamerling
Kees van Kooten John Kraaijkamp Sr.
John de Mol Jr. Linda de Mol
Coen Moulijn André Rieu
Piet Römer Simon Vestdijk
Paul Verhoeven

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