Pieter Douwes Douma

Brief Life History of Pieter Douwes

When Pieter Douwes Douma was born on 19 January 1817, in Oenkerk, Friesland, Netherlands, his father, Douwe Tjipkes Douma, was 26 and his mother, Trijntje Pieters de Vries, was 23. He married Maaike Jonas Ritsma on 19 May 1849, in Tietjerksteradeel, Friesland, Netherlands. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 27 September 1872, in Tietjerksteradeel, Friesland, Netherlands, at the age of 55.

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Pieter Douwes Douma
Maaike Jonas Ritsma
Marriage: 19 May 1849
Ruurdtje Pieters Douma
Trijntje Pieters Douma
Janke Pieters Douma
Douwe Pieters Douma
Jonas Pieters Douma
Dave Peters Douma
Antje Pieters Douma
Joon Pieters Douma

Sources (15)

  • Pieter Douwes Douma, "Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Vital Records, 1600-2000"
  • Pieter Douwes Douma in entry for Ruurdtje Pieters Douma, "Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records"
  • Pieter Douwes Douma in entry for Trijntje Pieters Douma, "Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records"

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Name Meaning

West Frisian: patronymic, formed with the suffix -ma ‘(one of the) men of’, from the Old Frisian personal name Douw(o), from a word meaning ‘pigeon’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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