Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tussenvoegsel


Amsterdam, Netherlands phonebook


Listings for Hoof, van der Hoof, and van Hoof

Where do you find van der Hoof in a Dutch phonebook?  Under H with Hoof.  This is important to remember when searching for names that begin with VAN DER, VAN DEN, VAN DE, VAN, DE, DEN, DER, HET, 'T [abbreviated form of HET].  The Dutch term is tussenvoegsel, which means "in between addition."  In the United States and the earlier colonial period, the tussenvoegsel may have combined with the last name and be alphabetized under V or D instead of H.  Best to look in many places.

And if you see "bij of meergenaamd" within a name, this means "additionally named."