No, I haven’t gone anywhere for the holidays; I’m just not doing much of interest, other than playing with my new Wii and rewatching the first season of Highlander: The Series (which is so incredibly bad, but I still love the series). Highlander actually ties in with the post I’ve decided to do, though, in a roundabout way.
Recently, amy in .nl reposted this information from The Dutchables:
Martin Van Buren (December 5, 1782 – July 24, 1862) was the eighth President of the United States from 1837 to 1841.
He was the first president who was not of British descent—his ancestry was Dutch. He was the first president to be born an American citizen (his predecessors were born British subjects before the American Revolution), and is also the only president not to have spoken English as a first language, having grown up speaking Dutch.
It’s interesting in and of itself, but also ties in to something I’ve been noticing more and more recently. Before moving to the Netherlands, I realize I didn’t recognize Dutch names (or at least names with a Dutch origin). Take Van Buren; it had never occurred to me that his name was Dutch. To be honest, it wasn’t something I really thought about much, either. Still, I’m now starting to notice all of the Dutch/Belgian names that seem to pop up everywhere.
This is where I tie in my viewing of Highlander. The main actress in the first season was Alexandra Vandernoot. When I saw the name, it clicked immediately that it was a Dutch kind of name. A quick Google, and I found out she’s actually a Belgian actress. A-ha! (No, no, they’re Norwegian. I just meant the exclamation, not the band.)
So yes, that’s it. My random thought for the day. You didn’t expect a post of real quality during the holidays, did you? Silly reader. 😉 So, to my fellow non-Dutch, any names or other things that you didn’t realize were Dutch until you became more aware of all things Dutch?