Cornelis Leen Kerkhoven

Brief Life History of Cornelis Leen

When Cornelis Leen Kerkhoven was born on 4 January 1922, in Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands, his father, Hendrik Kerkhoven, was 24 and his mother, Dirkje Bakker, was 25. He married Jacoba van der Waal on 22 October 1947, in Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He died on 6 July 2000, in his hometown, at the age of 78.

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Cornelis Leen Kerkhoven
Jacoba van der Waal
Marriage: 22 October 1947
Johanna Kerkhoven

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    World Events (8)

    1927 · Natural History Museum Rotterdam opens

    Opened in 1927, the first site of the museum was in the attic above an all-girls school. It quickly outgrew the space and was moved to a site across the street from another museum in Mathenesserlaan. The museum was forced to move again in 1959, and 1987. In 1993, the museum was given a new pavilion. It finally finds its permanent home in the early 2000s, where it is today.


    Amsterdam, Netherlands hosts Summer Olympic Games.


    The Netherlands becomes a charter member of the United Nations.

    Name Meaning

    From an old Roman family name, Cornélius, which is of uncertain origin, possibly a derivative of Latin cornu ‘horn’. This was the name of a 3rd-century pope who is venerated as a saint. The name was particularly popular in the Low Countries, and immigrants contributed to its frequency in the north of England from the 1400s. However, it is now seldom used in Britain.

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

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