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Heerjansdam (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌɦeːrjɑnzˈdɑm] (About this soundlisten)) is a village in the western Netherlands, in municipality of Zwijndrecht, South Holland. It has a population of 3,590.


Heerjansdam in 1867.

It was originally called "Heren Heyenland", a name which first appeared in a document from 1323. In 1331, Hendrik of Brederode started to build dikes around the Zwijndrechtse Waard. This project was financed by eight other persons, including Jan of Rosendaele, who subsequently were made landlords of the Waard. On November 25, 1368, Jan of Rosendaele renamed it to Heerjansdam (Dutch for "Lord John's dam"), after the dam on the Waaltje.

In 2003 the municipality of Heerjansdam merged into Zwijndrecht.[1]

Notable people born in Heerjansdam[edit]


  1. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, "Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten", KNAW, 2006. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-02-20. Retrieved 2009-12-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Coordinates: 51°50′N 4°34′E / 51.833°N 4.567°E / 51.833; 4.567