[2013-Nov-24] DogLover

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[2013-Nov-24] DogLover

Post by graphitepen »

He's probably of Dutch descent.

A friend of the family living in the Netherlands once told me that after Napoleon (the first) invaded Holland, he attempted to bring culture to the area in the form of mandatory education, medicine and more. One of the things that were forced onto the local population was the use of surnames, likely as part of a census process which the French instituted. Having a surname was uncommon in the area.
I surmise that in the smaller communities there was simply no actual need for then, and in places where there was a need, people were probably known by their name and profession which is not so much John Smith as it is John the smith.

But many people who disliked their conquerors and their French ways chose a rather short-sighted course of action. In a move that would have their descendants curse their names (and in fact, change their own), some people chose silly names, funny names and at times even vulgarities as their surnames - in an oh-so-clever move of mocking their overlords.

I found this list on another sight which tells pretty much the exact same story:

Suikerbuik (Sugarbelly)
Spring in t Veld (Jump in the Field)
Uiekruier (Onion-crier)
Naaktgeboren (Born naked)
Poepjes (Little shit)
Schooier (Beggar)
Scheefnek (Crooked-neck)
Rotmensen (Rotten people)
Zeldenthuis (Rarely at home)
Zondervan (without a surname)
Borst (breast)
Piest (to urinate)
Paardebek (Horses mouth)
Zonderkop (without a head)
Vroegindeweij (early in the field)
Uyttewiliigen (out of the willows)
Kaasenbrood (Cheese and bread)


I wonder if this phenomenon was not limited to the Netherlands. I imagine there have been many conquered nations who previously did not carry surnames, and on whom the practice was forced upon.

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I have a Dutch friend who told me the same thing.

His grandfather's last name was "Yellow hat".
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Post by Edminster »

I knew a Kolbfleisch once, and google translate tells me it's 'piston meat'.

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Post by topikamew »

This post is freaking hilarious.. kolbfleisch ftw

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Post by macson »

Well, I know it´s kinda late but I just found this Webcomic.

ya shure it is Kolbfleisch instead of Kalbfleisch?

Because Kalbfleisch is the German/Netherland word for veal.

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