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Storm van der Zee

In October of 1636, Albert Andriessen Bradt and his wife Annetje boarded the Wapen Van Rensselaerwyck in Amsterdam and set off for the New World. (Interestingly, neither one was Dutch: Albert was originally from Norway, and Annetje originally from Germany.) They arrived in New Netherland in March of 1637.

During the sea voyage, they welcomed their third child. He was born on November 2nd during a violent storm, and so they named him, fittingly, Storm. (The word is the same in both Dutch and English.)

During his early adulthood, Storm adopted the surname van der Zee, meaning “from/of the sea.” This was the name he gave his wife Hilletje and their four children: Annatje Storm, Gerrit Storm, Wouter Stormsz, and Albert. (The “sz” ending in Dutch names is a contraction of –s zoon, or “-‘s son.”)

The name “Storm” ended up being passed down to many people — not just to Storm’s direct descendants, but also to Storms’ seven siblings’ descendants, and even to one of the children his widow had with her second husband (!).

What are your thoughts on the name Storm?

Sources: Storm Vanderzee – New York State Museum, Albert Andriessen Bradt – Wikipedia, Albert Andriessen Bradt (1607-1686) – WikiTree, Hilletie Lansing Vanderzee Ketelhuyn – New York State Museum, Hard to Kill (1990) – IMDb

Image: Dutch Merchant – Ships in a Storm (1670s) by Ludolf Bakhuizen

P.S. The baby name Storm saw a steep rise in usage (as a boy name) in the U.S. in 1990. The next year, it reached the top 1,000 for the first time and it remained there until 1997. Why the jump? My guess is the 1990 movie Hard to Kill, in which star Steven Seagal played Detective Mason Storm.

Gotye?

Musician Gotye (go-tee-yay) has been making headlines lately thanks to the single “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which became a Billboard #1 hit just a few days ago.

So…what’s up with that name?

The name Gotye is an anglicized form of the French name Gaultier (also spelled Gauthier and Gautier).

Gotye was born Wouter De Backer in Belgium. He started going by Walter, the English version of Wouter, when his family moved to Australia. And his mother’s pet name for him, Gaultier, is yet another version the name.

He decided to use Gaultier as his stage name, but instead of using a French spelling, he chose to render it Gotye. (Similar to the way Irish singers/sisters Enya and Moya Brennan anglicized their names from Eithne and Máire.)