List of Dutch Americans

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The first Dutch settlers arrived in America in 1624 and founded a number of villages, a town called New Amsterdam and the Colony of New Netherland on the East Coast. New Amsterdam became New York when the Treaty of Breda was signed in 1667. 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 the U.S. states of 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.


Arts and literature[edit]

  • Edward W. Bok (1863–1930), author, publisher, editor of Ladies Home Journal
  • Willem de Kooning (1904–1997), abstract expressionist painter
  • Peter DeVries (1910–1993), author and editor; wrote Tunnel of Love; editor and staffer for Poetry magazine and The New Yorker
  • Barthold Fles (1902–1989), literary agent, author, editor, translator and publisher
  • Charles Fort (1874–1932), author, wrote Book of the Damned, father of ufology, cryptozoology and critic/satirist of mainstream, dogmatic science
  • Frederick Franck (1909–2006), painter, sculptor, and author of 30 books who was known for his interest in human spirituality[1]
  • Marius Jansen (1922–2000), American academic, historian, and Emeritus Professor of Japanese History at Princeton University.
  • Herman Melville (1819–1891), author and poet, wrote Moby Dick[2]
  • Milton J. Nieuwsma (born 1941), author, film writer and producer
  • Erwin Timmers (born 1964), Dutch-American environmental "green artist", glass sculptor and teacher
  • Raeburn van Buren, magazine and comic strip illustrator best known for his work on the syndicated Abbie an' Slats
  • Janwillem van de Wetering (1931–2008), Dutch-American author of police procedurals, Zen autobiographies and children's books
  • Hendrik Willem van Loon (1882–1944), author, historian and journalist
  • Gloria Vanderbilt (born 1924), artist and socialite[3]
  • Walt Whitman (1819–1892), poet[4]


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


Anderson Cooper


Hoyt Vandenberg


Martin van Buren
Hamilton Fish
Theodore Roosevelt
Arthur Vandenberg
Franklin D. Roosevelt


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 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2006-05-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2007-08-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) father is Dutch and mother is Indonesian
  8. ^ [6] 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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-06-21. Retrieved 2006-07-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) 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. ^ [7] Dutch-born
  15. ^ [8] 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..."
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  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2006-11-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Cooper "is of mostly English, Irish, and Dutch ancestry"
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  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2009-06-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) "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)."
  21. ^ [9] "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."
  22. ^ "Dutch Nobel Prize Winners".
  23. ^ [10] Dutch-born
  24. ^ [11] Dutch-born, naturalized US citizen
  25. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-05-19. Retrieved 2006-05-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Listing under "Famous Dutch Astronomers & Physicists"
  26. ^ [12] Dutch born
  27. ^ [13] Benjamin Spock - described as Dutch-American
  28. ^ "Page Not Found". Archived from the original on 2006-01-15.
  29. ^ [14] "van den Berg, Lodewijk, born in 1932, Dutch-American astronaut."
  30. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-07-22. Retrieved 2006-07-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) dual Dutch-American citizen
  31. ^ [15] "Louis Berkhof was born in Emmen, Netherlands October 13, 1873."
  32. ^ [16] "Anthony A. Hoekema was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to the United States in 1923."
  33. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2009-08-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) "Herman Hoeksema was born on March 12, 1886 from Johanna Bakema and Tiele Hoeksema in Hoogezand, in the province of Groningen, the Netherlands."
  34. ^ John G. Stackhouse. "Mind Over Skepticism".
  35. ^ [17] raised in Dutch-American community in Dutch Reformed Church
  36. ^ [18] "the young Van Til studied the works of fellow Dutchman, Abraham Kuyper..."