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Kuiper (Kuyper, Cuiper, Cuyper) is a common Dutch family name, both among Mennonites and non-Mennonites. Since Kuiper means cooper, the 16th century Anabaptist leaders, such as Dirck Cuper and Frans Reines Kuiper (Frans de Kuyper), may have been coopers.

On the Mennonite Kuyper family which has been living at Krommenie, in the Dutch province of North Holland since the last quarter of the 18th century, a history was published by Jan Aten, titled De Doopsgezinde Krommenieer Zeildoekjabrikeursfamilie Kuyper (n.p., n.d., 1953). They were usually manufacturers of canvas, and played an important part both in the history of the town and the Krommenie Mennonite Church.

One Kuiper family is of special importance to the Dutch Mennonites. This family originally lived at Leeuwarden. Tako Kuiper was the first of this family to study theology and to become a Mennonite minister. He was born at Leeuwarden, and died at Blokzijl on 7 September 1813, studied at the Amsterdam Lamist Seminary 1784-1789, and served as minister of the following congregations: Grouw (Groote Huys) 1790-1799, Neustadt-Gödens 1799-1804, Midwolda 1804-1807, and Blokzijl 1807-1813. His son Jan Kuiper, b. 4 January 1794 at Blokzijl, d. 24 September 1882 at Sneek, studied at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary 1813-1819, and was pastor at Emmerich 1819-1820, Dantumawoude 1820-1827, and IJlst 1827-1870 (he also served the Old Flemish congregation at Sneek 1835-1838). He published Lijkrede op Uilke Reitses (Leeuwarden, 1823) and Tweeted Voorlezingen (Sneek, 1835). Taco Kuiper's grandson was Tako Kuiper; his great-grandson was Abraham Kornelis Kuiper, and his great-great-grandson (son of A. K. Kuiper) Frederik (Frits) Kuiper, b. 1898 at Amsterdam, pastor of Amersfoort 1924-1928, Krommenie, Wormer, and Jisp 1928-1932, Alkmaar 1932-1945, and Amsterdam after 1947. Frits Kuiper was the author of "Karl Barth en de Kinderdoop," in the Zondagsbode 111, Nos. 22-25, and reprint; De Opstanding (Assen, 1928); Sovjet-Rusland en het Christendom (Amsterdam, 1937); De Gemeente in de Wereld (Haarlem, 1941); Gelooft het Evangelie (n.p., n.d.-1945); De ware Vrijheid, Paulus' Brief aam de Galaten (Haarlem, 1947); Ontmoeting met het Oude Testament (Haarlem, 1950); Israel en de Goijem (Haarlem, 1951); Wij en ons erfdeel (Amsterdam, 1952). Johanna E. Kuiper (1896-1956), a daughter of A. K. Kuiper, wrote Bijbel voor de Jeugd (1948); she died unexpectedly while visiting the former Dutch mission fields in Java. To this family also belonged Koenraad Kuiper (1854-1922), a brother of A. K. Kuiper, professor of Greek literature at the University of Amsterdam, who served the church as deacon and was for a number of years a trustee of the Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit and curator of its theological seminary. Gerrit T. J. Kuiper of Rotterdam (where his father, Koenraad Kuiper, was director of the zoo and president of the Mennonite church board), a member of the same family, was an architect, one of whose creations was the Mennonite church of Rotterdam, built 1950-1951.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Kuiper (Kuyper, Cuiper, Cuyper) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 18 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kuiper_(Kuyper,_Cuiper,_Cuyper)_family&oldid=119505.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Kuiper (Kuyper, Cuiper, Cuyper) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kuiper_(Kuyper,_Cuiper,_Cuyper)_family&oldid=119505.




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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 256-257. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.


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