Willem Oostwal

Male21 September 1815–20 December 1886

Brief Life History of Willem

When Willem Oostwal was born on 21 September 1815, in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands, his father, Willem Oostwal, was 21 and his mother, Johanna Van Os, was 25. He married Maria Pieternella Van Kreita on 20 April 1853, in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands. He died on 20 December 1886, in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands, at the age of 71.

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Willem Oostwal
Hendrina Winter
Marriage: 18 February 1857
Johanna Wilhelmina Oostwal
Willem Oostwal
Nicolaas Oostwal
Alida Oostwal
Jan Oostwal

Sources (14)

  • Willem Oostwal, "Netherlands Births and Baptisms, 1564-1910"
  • Willem Oostwal, "Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950"
  • Willem Oostwal in entry for Maria Krijgs, "Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    18 February 1857Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
  • Children (5)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (5)

    World Events (8)

    1820 · Construction of the Noordhollandsch Kanaal

    Age 5

    "In order to shorten the sea route into Amsterdam, King William I had authorized the creation of the ""Great North Holland Canal"". This helped resolve issues (like shoals and shallows) that prevented many ships from reaching the city's harbor. Unfortunately, the canal quickly encountered issues: it was unable to handle the increasing number of ships, and it froze during the winter season."


    Age 15

    Belgium rebelled against Netherlands.

    1838 · Natura Artis Magistra (Zoo)

    Age 23

    The Natura Artis Magistra, also known as Artis, is the oldest Zoo in the Netherlands and among the oldest zoos in all of Europe. It is located in the center of Amsterdam. Gerard Westerman, J.W.H. Werlemann and J.J. Wijsmuller founded the Zoo in 1838, where it was initially open only to members. The zoo would become public in 1851. In addition to the typical Zoo fare, Artis also contains an aquarium, planetarium, arboretum, and a sizeable collection of art.

    Name Meaning

    Probably the most successful of all the Old French names of Germanic origin that were introduced to England by the Normans. It is derived from Germanic wil ‘will, desire’ + helm ‘helmet, protection’. The fact that it was borne by the Conqueror himself does not seem to have inhibited its favour with the ‘conquered’ population: in the first century after the Conquest it was the commonest male name of all, and not only among the Normans. In the later Middle Ages it was overtaken by John , but continued to run second to that name until the 20th century, when the picture became more fragmented.

    Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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