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.


Arts and literature[edit]


Dick Van Dyke
Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart)
Bruce Springsteen


Anderson Cooper


Hoyt Vandenberg


Franklin D. Roosevelt
Martin van Buren


Cornelius Vanderbilt


Bert Blyleven
Erik Spoelstra


Fictional characters[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


  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. ^ "RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Dowling Family Genealogy". 
  6. ^ [5] "German is a Dutch name, born and raised in California."
  7. ^ Referred to as "Indonesian-Dutch" at [6], [7] father is Dutch and mother is Indonesian
  8. ^ [8] Grable has described herself as "Dutch, German, Irish and English"
  9. ^ "Ancestry of Angelina Jolie". 
  10. ^ "RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Dowling Family Genealogy". 
  11. ^ "RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Dowling Family Genealogy". 
  12. ^ [9] described as "Dutch" by ethnicity[citation needed] 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
  13. ^ "David Conover's Famous Cousins - Person Page 384". 
  14. ^ [10] Dutch-born
  15. ^ [11] born in Amsterdam to Dutch father and American mother, moved to the U.S in 1987; also Jewish by heritage
  16. ^ a b "Formed around 1975 in Pasadena, California by Dutch brothers Eddie and Alex..."
  17. ^ [12] Cooper "is of mostly English, Irish, and Dutch ancestry"
  18. ^ "Web Hosting Control Panel Login". 
  19. ^ [13] "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)."
  20. ^ [14] "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."
  21. ^ "Dutch Nobel Prize Winners". 
  22. ^ [15] Dutch-born
  23. ^ [16] Dutch-born, naturalized US citizen
  24. ^ [17] Listing under "Famous Dutch Astronomers & Physicists"
  25. ^ [18] Dutch born
  26. ^ [19] Benjamin Spock - described as Dutch-American
  27. ^ "Page Not Found". 
  28. ^ [20] "van den Berg, Lodewijk, born in 1932, Dutch-American astronaut."
  29. ^ [21] dual Dutch-American citizen
  30. ^ [22] "Louis Berkhof was born in Emmen, Netherlands October 13, 1873."
  31. ^ [23] "Anthony A. Hoekema was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to the United States in 1923."
  32. ^ [24] "Herman Hoeksema was born on March 12, 1886 from Johanna Bakema and Tiele Hoeksema in Hoogezand, in the province of Groningen, the Netherlands."
  33. ^ John G. Stackhouse. "Mind Over Skepticism". 
  34. ^ [25] raised in Dutch-American community in Dutch Reformed Church
  35. ^ [26] "the young Van Til studied the works of fellow Dutchman, Abraham Kuyper..."