When Tjaart Roelf Ploegman was born on 7 March 1839, in Uithuizen, Groningen, Netherlands, his father, Roelf Freerks Ploegman, was 45 and his mother, Geeske Tonnis Bisschop, was 33. He married Janna Diekema on 18 March 1865, in Uithuizen, Groningen, Netherlands. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 7 July 1919, in his hometown, at the age of 80.
Contracted version of an old Germanic personal name derived from hrōd ‘fame’ + wulf ‘wolf’. This is found in Old Norse as Hrólfr. As an English given name, it represents in part the survival of a form imported by the Normans, in part a much more recent (19th-century) importation of the modern German name. See also Rudolf .
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