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Re: Dutch surnames (scatological warning!)

From:Roger Mills <romiltz@...>
Date:Monday, April 6, 2009, 16:36
--- On Mon, 4/6/09, andrew <hobbit@...> wrote:
> > <quote>Napoleon made it compulsory for the Dutch to > list a surname in > 1811. Some, to protest this imposed requirement (there were > surnames > earlier but they kept changing according to naming > conventions), gave > their surnames which were funny/strange/obscene:
(snips) I've heard/read that too, and I guess Christophe's reply supports it too. My next-door neighbor's last name is Bont; he told me it was originally Bontekoe (spotted cow)..........Will have to check my Holland MI phone book to see if any others turn up ;-)