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Re: Dutch surnames (scatological warning!)

From:Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets <>
Date:Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 10:17
2009/4/7 René Uittenbogaard <ruittenb@...>

> 2009/4/6 Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets <>: > > > > Note that my second last name (my husband's family name) is also > relatively > > strange/funny. "Koevoets" simply means "cow foot" :) . > > does it? I don't know about the etymology of the name, but I'd expect > "cow foot" to be "koeienvoet". > Perhaps it's related to "koevoet" = crowbar? > >
I doubt it. It's what the Koevoets themselves say their name means (they even have a family weapon with a cow's foot on it. It's not an original one of course, it was made something like a century ago). That said, it might be folk etymology. In any case, whether the name means "cow foot" or "crowbar", you have to agree that it's a weird family name (as far as I know, the Koevoets family name originates from Breda. Would that explain the etymology?). My husband always says that when completely translated into French, his full name sounds quite noble (as long as you don't know French :) ). Of course, in French he makes it Jean Henry Marie Pied de la Vache-Grandsire (mine would be Christophe Alain Grandsire-Pied de la Vache). I personally prefer to keep to the original version :) . -- Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets.


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