Komejannen, Komejansche Doopsgezinden, or Komen Jans-Volk, was a name given in the Netherlands to a group of Dutch Mennonites. The name is found in some letters of Jan Theunisz of 1627 and in an old booklet of 1628, now lost, in which Hans Alentsz is called a bishop among the Koomen-Jannen or Hansijtten (see BRN). From this notice it is clear that the Komejannen were a kind of Waterlander Mennonites, whose leader was Hans de Ries. The name was rather common in the province of North Holland. According to J. Adrsz. Leeghwater, a preacher Comen (i.e., merchant) Jan preached in De Rijp in this province about 1572, from whom the name may have been derived.
Cramer, Samuel and Fredrik Pijper. Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica, 10 vols. The Hague: M. Nijhoff, 1903-1914: v. VII, 143.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1896): 18; (1917): 15, 30.
Lootsma, S. Het Nieuwe Huys. Zaandam, 1937: 14-16.
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