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Famous Dutchs

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.


H - J
  • Hella Haasse author
  • Frans Hals artist
  • Dirk Hartog explorer, sea captain
  • Rutger Hauer actor
  • Andre Hazes singer
  • Johannes Heesters actor, singer
  • Piet Pieterszoon Hein naval officer, folk hero
  • Frederick Henry prince of orange
  • Willem Frederik Hermans author
  • Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft historian, poet, playwright
  • Ernesto "Mr. Perfect" Hoost kickboxer
  • Ilse Huizinga singer
  • Johan Huizinga author, historian
  • Christiaan Huygens mathematician, physicist
  • Constantijn Huygens poet
  • Janine Jansen violinist
  • Famke Janssen actress
  • Jan Janssen cyclist
  • Willem Janszoon navigator, colonial governor
  • Johan-Friso prince of orange-nassau
  • Ruud Jolie musician
  • Juliana of the Netherlands queen
K - N
  • Ada Kok olympic gold medalist
  • Pieter Kok physicist
  • Willem de Kooning artist
  • Tjalling Charles Koopmans economist, nobel prize laureate
  • Jeroen Krabbe actor
  • Richard Krajicek tennis player
  • Sylvia Kristel actress
  • Doutzen Kroes model
  • Hendrik Lorentz physicist, nobel prize laureate
  • Joseph Luns politician, secretary general nato
  • Arie Luyendyk race car driver
  • Margriet of the Netherlands princess
  • Jan Marijnissen politician
  • Rie Mastenbroek olympic gold medalist
  • Maurice of Nassau prince of orange
  • Cornelius Jacobsen Mey explorer, fur trader
  • Harry Mulisch author
  • Cees Nooteboom author
O - U
  • Wubbo Ockels astronaut
  • Willem Oltmans journalist
  • Jacobus Oud architect
  • Anton Philips co-founder royal philips electronics
  • Gerard Philips co-founder royal philips electronics
  • Willem Pijper composer
  • Rembrandt artist
  • Andre Rieu violinist, conductor
  • Franklin "Frank" Rijkaard football manager
  • Tjalie Robinson author
  • Jakob Roggeveen explorer
  • Rebecca Romijn actress
  • Gerard Schurmann composer (born in Dutch East Indies)
  • Katja Schuurman actress
  • Shocking Blue music group
  • Eva Simons singer, songwriter
  • Rik Smits basketball player
  • Willebrord Snellius astronomer, mathematician
  • Renee Soutendijk actress
  • Jaap Spaanderman pianist, cellist, conductor
  • Baruch Spinoza philosopher
  • Jan Steen artist
  • Thomas Joannes Stieltjes mathematician
  • Anouk Stotijn-Teeuwe singer
  • Abel Janszoon Tasman seafarer, explorer
  • Corrie ten Boom holocaust survivor, author
  • Johanna ter Steege actress
  • Gerardus 't Hooft physicist, nobel prize laureate
  • Johan Rudolf Thorbecke politician
  • Cornelius Petrus Tiele theologian
  • DJ Tiesto DJ, producer
  • Nikolaas Tinbergen ethologist, nobel prize laureate
  • Geertgen tot Sint Jans artist
  • Jochem Uytdehaage olympic gold medalist

V

  • Willeke van Ammelrooy actress
  • Marco van Basten footballer
  • Armin van Buuren DJ, producer
  • Monique van de Ven actress
  • Janwillem van de Wetering author
  • Pieter van den Hoogenband olympic gold medalist
  • Henricus Nicolas "Rick" VandenHurk baseball player
  • Anne van der Bijl (Brother Andrew) missionary, smuggled Bibles to communist countries in cold war
  • Simon van der Meer physicist, nobel prize laureate
  • Anneliese van der Pol actress
  • Edwin van der Sar footballer
  • Johannes Diderik van der Waals thermodynamicist
  • Bracha van Doesburgh actress
  • Yvonne van Gennip olympic gold medalist
  • Jan van Gilse composer, conductor
  • Theo van Gogh film director, producer, actor
  • Vincent van Gogh artist
  • Jan van Goyen artist
  • Anky van Grunsven olympic gold medalist
  • Alex Van Halen musician
  • Eddie Van Halen musician
  • Jacob van Heemskerk admiral dutch fleet, explorer
  • Peter Van Hoven politician
  • Dominique "Do" van Hulst singer
  • Bep van Klaveren olympic gold medalist
  • Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk "colonel" tom parker, elvis presley manager
  • Ellen van Langen olympic gold medalist
  • Anton van Leeuwenhoek "father of microbiology"
  • Han van Meegeren artist, restorer, forger
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy footballer
  • Olivier van Noort first dutchman to circle globe
  • Johan van Oldenbarnevelt statesman
  • Willem van Otterloo conductor, composer
  • Frans van Schooten mathematician
  • Petra van Staveren olympic gold medalist
  • Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff chemist, nobel prize laureate
  • Jaap van Zweden conductor, violinist
  • Bart Veldkamp olympic gold medalist
  • Martinus J. G. Veltman physicist, nobel prize laureate
  • Paul Verhoeven director, producer
  • Kees Verkerk olympic gold medalist
  • Johannes Vermeer artist
  • Matthijs Verschoor classical pianist
  • Jos Verstappen race car driver
W - Z
  • Johan Wagenaar composer, organist
  • Wilhelmina of the Netherlands queen
  • William of Orange, Prince
  • William I king of the netherlands
  • William III king of england, scotland, ireland
  • Within Temptation band
  • Marcel Wouda olympic gold medalist
  • Pieter Zeeman physicist, nobel prize laureate
  • Margaretha Geertruida Zelle Mata Hari
  • Frits Zernike physicist, inventor, nobel prize laureate
  • Joop Zoetemelk olympic gold medalist
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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.