List of Dutch Americans

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The first Dutch settlers arrived in 1624 and founded a number of villages and a town called New Amsterdam on the East Coast, which would become the future world metropolis of New York. According to the 2006 United States Census, more than 5 million Americans claim total or partial Dutch heritage. Today the majority of the Dutch Americans live in California, New York, Michigan, Iowa, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana, Ohio and Pennsylvania

This is a list of notable Dutch-Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and Americans of full or partial Dutch ancestry.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Dutch American or must have references showing they are Dutch American and are notable.

List[edit]

Arts and literature[edit]

Entertainment[edit]

James Van Der Beek
Dick Van Dyke
Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart)
Colonel Tom Parker
Bruce Springsteen
Eddie Van Halen

Politics[edit]

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Martin van Buren

Military[edit]

Hoyt Vandenberg

Sciences[edit]

Cornelius Vanderbilt

Sports[edit]

Erik Spoelstra
Rik Smits
Bert Blyleven

Journalism[edit]

Anderson Cooper

Theology[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

Fox Mulder

Mildred Pierce, Character from "Mildred Pierce"

Others[edit]

  • Jack Dangermond, founder of ESRI, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software company.
  • Alfred Peet (1920–2007), Founder of Peet's Coffee and Tea, credited with starting the gourmet coffee revolution in the United States
  • Kiliaen van Rensselaer (Dutch merchant) (fl. 1596–1643), founder and director of the Dutch West India Company and instrumental in the establishment of New Netherland

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Dutch born
  2. ^ [2] Melville "came from Dutch and English stock"
  3. ^ [3] Vanderbilt "is of Dutch, Chilean, Spanish, and Irish descent."
  4. ^ [4] Whitman "came from Dutch and English stock"
  5. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/christina-applegate
  6. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/elizabeth-banks
  7. ^ http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=dowfam3&id=I283653
  8. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/nicholas-dagosto
  9. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/johnny-depp
  10. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/laura-dern
  11. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/zac-efron
  12. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/anna-faris
  13. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/richard-gere
  14. ^ [5] "German is a Dutch name, born and raised in California. Here"
  15. ^ Referred to as "Indonesian-Dutch" at [6], [7] father is Dutch and mother is Indonesian
  16. ^ [8] Grable has described herself as "Dutch, German, Irish and English"
  17. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/jon-heder
  18. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/ed-helms
  19. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/sarah-hyland
  20. ^ http://wargs.com/other/voight.html
  21. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/tim-mcgraw
  22. ^ http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=dowfam3&id=I72729
  23. ^ http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=dowfam3&id=I72726
  24. ^ [9] described as "Dutch" by ethnicity [10] notes that her mother, Elizabeth Kuizenga, was a second-generation Dutch American who met her father, Jaap Romijn, who was Dutch, on a trip to the Netherlands
  25. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/keri-russell
  26. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/liev-schreiber
  27. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/douglas-smith
  28. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/gregory-smith
  29. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/james-spader
  30. ^ http://www.conovergenealogy.com/famous-p/p384.htm
  31. ^ [11] Dutch-born
  32. ^ [12] born in Amsterdam to Dutch father and American mother, moved to the U. S. in 1987; also Jewish by heritage
  33. ^ a b "Formed around 1975 in Pasadena, California by Dutch brothers Eddie and Alex..."
  34. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/sigourney-weaver
  35. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/bruce-willis
  36. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/howard-dean
  37. ^ Described as "Dutch New Yorker" at
  38. ^ [13] "Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands awarded Congressman Vander Jagt a Knighthood in the House of Orange in 1986. The Netherlands Amity Trust Association in 1991 named him the Outstanding Dutch-American of the Year."
  39. ^ [14] "Wealth is relative, and the value of the dollar is far from fixed. So this ranking of American plutocrats measures their total wealth as a fraction of U.S. GDP at their time of death (or for Gates, 2006)."
  40. ^ Dutch Nobel Prize Winners quiz - free game
  41. ^ [15] Dutch-born
  42. ^ [16] Dutch-born, naturalized U. S. citizen
  43. ^ [17] Listing under "Famous Dutch Astronomers & Physicists"
  44. ^ [18] Dutch born
  45. ^ [19] Benjamin Spock - described as Dutch-American
  46. ^ Described as Dutch-American at
  47. ^ [20] "van den Berg, Lodewijk, born in 1932, Dutch-American astronaut."
  48. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hamels/
  49. ^ [21] dual Dutch-American citizen
  50. ^ [22] Cooper "is of mostly English, Irish, and Dutch ancestry"
  51. ^ [23] "Louis Berkhof was born in Emmen, Netherlands October 13, 1873."
  52. ^ [24] "Anthony A. Hoekema was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to the United States in 1923."
  53. ^ [25] "Herman Hoeksema was born on March 12, 1886 from Johanna Bakema and Tiele Hoeksema in Hoogezand, in the province of Groningen, the Netherlands."
  54. ^ described as "Dutch American" at
  55. ^ [26] raised in Dutch-American community in Dutch Reformed Church
  56. ^ [27] "the young Van Til studied the works of fellow Dutchman, Abraham Kuyper..."