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Besides the names used by the Dutch Mennonites themselves like Doopsgezinden and [[Mennist|Mennisten]]; also Menisten, Benisten, Mennonisten, Mennonieten, there were from the very beginning of Anabaptism in the Netherlands a large number of group names. The first [[Anabaptism|Anabaptists]] called themselves Bondgenooten or Vrienden. By their opponents, both [[Roman Catholic Church|Catholic]] and Reformed even as late as the 17th century, they were usually called [[Wederdopers|Wederdopers]]. After the various schisms there were the names [[Waterlanders|Waterlanders]], Vlamingen ([[Flemish Mennonites|Flemish]]), Oude Vlamingen, [[Groningen Old Flemish Mennonites|Groninger Oude Vlamingen]], [[Danzig Old Flemish Mennonites|Dantziger Oude Vlamingen]], Vriezen ([[Frisian Mennonites|Friezen]]), Oude or Harde Vriezen, Jonge or Zachte Vriezen, Hoogduitsers ([[High German Mennonites|High German Mennonites]]) or [[Overlanders|Overlanders]], in the 17th century [[Lamists|Lamisten]] and [[Zonists|Zonisten]], Grove and [[Fijne Mennisten|Fijne Mennisten]]. Often the names of the different branches or local groups were derived from a leading person: Melchiorieten (from [[Hoffman, Melchior (ca. 1495-1544?) |Melchior Hoffman]]), Davidjoristen (after [[David Joris (ca. 1501-1556)|David Joris]]), Adamieten (after [[Adam Pastor (d. 1560/70)|Adam Pastor]]), Obbiten (after [[Obbe Philips (ca. 1500-1568)|Obbe Philipsz]]), Batenburgers (after [[Batenburg, Jan van (1495-1538)|Jan van Batenburg]]), Dirckisten (after [[Dirk Philips (1504-1568)|Dirk Philipsz]]; the variant Dreckisten is an unkind corruption of the name Dirckisten), Naeldemansvolk (group), Thomas Bintgensvolk, Jacob Keestvolk, Jan Jacobszvolk or [[Janjacobsgezinden|Janjacobsgezinden]] (after [[Jacobsz, Jan (1542-1612)|Jan Jacobsz]]), Pieter Jeltjesvolk, Vermeulensvolk (after [[Meulen, Jacob Pietersz van der (d. after 1631)|Jacob Pieters van der Meulen]]), Robbert Robbertszvolk, fan Evertsvolk, [[Twisken|Twisken]] (after [[Twisck, Pieter Jansz (1565-1636)|Pieter Jansz Twisck]]), [[Uckowallists|Uckowallisten]] (after [[Walles, Uco (1583-1653)|Uko Walks]]), Galenisten (after [[Galenus Abrahamsz de Haan (1622-1706)|Galenus Abrahamsz]]), Apostoolsen (after [[Apostool, Samuel (1638-1699)|Samuel Apostool]]), Foppe-Onesvolk, [[Lausoms-Gemeente (Ameland, Netherlands) |Lausoms-gemeente]], Jan Schellingwousvalk.
 
Besides the names used by the Dutch Mennonites themselves like Doopsgezinden and [[Mennist|Mennisten]]; also Menisten, Benisten, Mennonisten, Mennonieten, there were from the very beginning of Anabaptism in the Netherlands a large number of group names. The first [[Anabaptism|Anabaptists]] called themselves Bondgenooten or Vrienden. By their opponents, both [[Roman Catholic Church|Catholic]] and Reformed even as late as the 17th century, they were usually called [[Wederdopers|Wederdopers]]. After the various schisms there were the names [[Waterlanders|Waterlanders]], Vlamingen ([[Flemish Mennonites|Flemish]]), Oude Vlamingen, [[Groningen Old Flemish Mennonites|Groninger Oude Vlamingen]], [[Danzig Old Flemish Mennonites|Dantziger Oude Vlamingen]], Vriezen ([[Frisian Mennonites|Friezen]]), Oude or Harde Vriezen, Jonge or Zachte Vriezen, Hoogduitsers ([[High German Mennonites|High German Mennonites]]) or [[Overlanders|Overlanders]], in the 17th century [[Lamists|Lamisten]] and [[Zonists|Zonisten]], Grove and [[Fijne Mennisten|Fijne Mennisten]]. Often the names of the different branches or local groups were derived from a leading person: Melchiorieten (from [[Hoffman, Melchior (ca. 1495-1544?) |Melchior Hoffman]]), Davidjoristen (after [[David Joris (ca. 1501-1556)|David Joris]]), Adamieten (after [[Adam Pastor (d. 1560/70)|Adam Pastor]]), Obbiten (after [[Obbe Philips (ca. 1500-1568)|Obbe Philipsz]]), Batenburgers (after [[Batenburg, Jan van (1495-1538)|Jan van Batenburg]]), Dirckisten (after [[Dirk Philips (1504-1568)|Dirk Philipsz]]; the variant Dreckisten is an unkind corruption of the name Dirckisten), Naeldemansvolk (group), Thomas Bintgensvolk, Jacob Keestvolk, Jan Jacobszvolk or [[Janjacobsgezinden|Janjacobsgezinden]] (after [[Jacobsz, Jan (1542-1612)|Jan Jacobsz]]), Pieter Jeltjesvolk, Vermeulensvolk (after [[Meulen, Jacob Pietersz van der (d. after 1631)|Jacob Pieters van der Meulen]]), Robbert Robbertszvolk, fan Evertsvolk, [[Twisken|Twisken]] (after [[Twisck, Pieter Jansz (1565-1636)|Pieter Jansz Twisck]]), [[Uckowallists|Uckowallisten]] (after [[Walles, Uco (1583-1653)|Uko Walks]]), Galenisten (after [[Galenus Abrahamsz de Haan (1622-1706)|Galenus Abrahamsz]]), Apostoolsen (after [[Apostool, Samuel (1638-1699)|Samuel Apostool]]), Foppe-Onesvolk, [[Lausoms-Gemeente (Ameland, Netherlands) |Lausoms-gemeente]], Jan Schellingwousvalk.
  
Stilstaanders, Zierikzeeers, and Neutralisten are the names given to the Mennonites who refused to take sides in the Flemish-Frisian conflict in 1566. <em>[[Huiskoopers|Huiskoopers]]</em> and <em>[[Contra-Huiskoopers|Contra-Huiskoopers]]</em> are denominational designations given to some Flemish groups. Bekommerden and Heylsamen are found in [[Friesland (Netherlands)|Friesland]] and Danzig. [[Bevredigde Broederschap|Bevredigden]] and [[Afgedeelden (Separated Ones)|Afgedeelden]] are two groups of Mennonites in [[North Holland (Netherlands)|North Holland]] in the early 17th century. Meerlanders are [[Hutterian Brethren (Hutterische Brüder)|Hutterites]]; Wevers mean the followers of [[Busschaert, Hans Bouwens (16th century)|Hans Busschaert]] de Wever; Franickers or Franekers were [[Waterlanders|Waterlanders]], as was also the [[Nieuwe Gemeente (Franeker, Friesland, Netherlands)|Nieuwe Gemeente]] <em>(Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica </em>(<em>BRN</em>) VII, 460, 464 f.); Blaauwe Schuur-Menisten are the Waterlanders at Harlingen and [[Nes Mennonite Church (Ameland, Netherlands)|Nes]], Ameland; Voetwassers were found in the province of [[Zeeland (Netherlands)|Zeeland]], [[Komejannen|Komejannen]], being a branch of the Waterlanders, in North Holland; the meaning of the denominations Hamersch (<em>Doopsgezinde Bijdragen</em> (DB) 1897, 103, note) and Russchers (DB 1877, 34) is unknown. For [[Tibben|Tibben]], a denomination found in Groningen and Overijssel, see the article. The names Kleyn Hoopken and Allerkleinste Hoopken are names assumed by a few conservative separate congregations who did not want to have any connections with other congregations.
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Stilstaanders, Zierikzeeers, and Neutralisten are the names given to the Mennonites who refused to take sides in the Flemish-Frisian conflict in 1566. <em>[[Huiskoopers|Huiskoopers]]</em> and <em>[[Contra-Huiskoopers| Contra-Huiskoopers]]</em> are denominational designations given to some Flemish groups. Bekommerden and Heylsamen are found in [[Friesland (Netherlands)|Friesland]] and Danzig. [[Bevredigde Broederschap|Bevredigden]] and [[Afgedeelden (Separated Ones)|Afgedeelden]] are two groups of Mennonites in [[North Holland (Netherlands)|North Holland]] in the early 17th century. Meerlanders are [[Hutterian Brethren (Hutterische Brüder)|Hutterites]]; Wevers mean the followers of [[Busschaert, Hans Bouwens (16th century)|Hans Busschaert]] de Wever; Franickers or Franekers were [[Waterlanders|Waterlanders]], as was also the [[Nieuwe Gemeente (Franeker, Friesland, Netherlands)|Nieuwe Gemeente]] <em>(Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica </em>(<em>BRN</em>) VII, 460, 464 f.); Blaauwe Schuur-Menisten are the Waterlanders at Harlingen and [[Nes Mennonite Church (Ameland, Netherlands)|Nes]], Ameland; Voetwassers were found in the province of [[Zeeland (Netherlands)|Zeeland]], [[Komejannen|Komejannen]], being a branch of the Waterlanders, in North Holland; the meaning of the denominations Hamersch (<em>Doopsgezinde Bijdragen</em> (DB) 1897, 103, note) and Russchers (DB 1877, 34) is unknown. For [[Tibben|Tibben]], a denomination found in Groningen and Overijssel, see the article. The names Kleyn Hoopken and Allerkleinste Hoopken are names assumed by a few conservative separate congregations who did not want to have any connections with other congregations.
  
Formerly there circulated also a number of nicknames or contemptuous terms, given to the Mennonites by the non-Mennonite population, or by opposing Mennonite branches. The following are known: Swermers ([[Schwärmer|Schwärmer]], fanatics) or Rotgeesten (mobsters) (<em>BRN</em> VII, 238), Winkelpredikers (corner preachers), Dreckwagen (garbage cart), the name given by [[Leenaert Bouwens (1515-1582)|Leenaert Bouwens]] to the moderate Waterlanders; Bankroetiers, Borsten tasters, Glerckschen ([[Clarichen|Clarichen]]), Sanidtdooperen <em>(BRN </em>VII, 461, called thus after the tumultuous occurrences at 't Zandt), [[Maliapen|Maliapen]] <em>(DB </em>1872, 32), Nieuwe Jeruzalemmers (after [[Münster Anabaptists|Münster]], the new Jerusalem), [[Tibben|Tibben]], [[Eyckenplancken (Oak Planks)|Eyckenplancken]] <em>(DB </em>1897, 79), Reinen (clean ones), Stroopsilikkers (syrup-lickers), Koekvreters (cake eaters), Sloddermenisten <em>(BRN </em>VII, 20, grubby Mennonites, meaning uncertain), Vuile Goten <em>(DB </em>1877, 34, dirty gutters; this expression probably was derived from the old doctrine of Incarnation as taught by [[Hoffman, Melchior (ca. 1495-1544?) |Melchior Hoffman]] and [[Menno Simons (1496-1561)|Menno Simons]], that Christ had passed through Maria as water through a pipe), Olieblokken <em>(DB </em>1877, 34, obviously after the meetinghouse Den Vlaamschen Oly-Block at Haarlem).
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Formerly there circulated also a number of nicknames or contemptuous terms, given to the Mennonites by the non-Mennonite population, or by opposing Mennonite branches. The following are known: Swermers ([[Schwärmer|Schwärmer]], fanatics) or Rotgeesten (mobsters) (<em>BRN</em> VII, 238), Winkelpredikers (corner preachers), Dreckwagen (garbage cart), the name given by [[Leenaert Bouwens (1515-1582)|Leenaert Bouwens]] to the moderate Waterlanders; Bankroetiers, Borsten tasters, Glerckschen ([[Clarichen|Clarichen]]), Sanidtdooperen <em>(BRN </em>VII, 461, called thus after the tumultuous occurrences at 't Zandt), [[Maliapen|Maliapen]] <em>(DB </em>1872, 32), Nieuwe Jeruzalemmers (after [[Münster Anabaptists|Münster]], the new Jerusalem), [[Tibben|Tibben]], [[Eyckenplancken (Oak Planks)|Eyckenplancken]] <em>(DB </em>1897, 79), Reinen (clean ones), Stroopsilikkers (syrup-lickers), Koekvreters (cake eaters), Sloddermenisten <em>(BRN </em>VII, 20, grubby Mennonites, meaning uncertain), Vuile Goten <em>(DB </em>1877, 34, dirty gutters; this expression probably was derived from the old doctrine of Incarnation as taught by [[Hoffman, Melchior (ca. 1495-1544?) |Melchior Hoffman ]] and [[Menno Simons (1496-1561)|Menno Simons]], that Christ had passed through Maria as water through a pipe), Olieblokken <em>(DB </em>1877, 34, obviously after the meetinghouse Den Vlaamschen Oly-Block at Haarlem).
  
 
A. Montanus enumerates the following names of the Dutch Mennonites: Mennisten, Huttieten, Hoog-duitschen, Zwitserschen, Apostolischen, Separatisten, Oude en Jonge Friesen, Vlamingen, Voetwasschers, Borstentasters (or Borstenslagers), Hakenen-Oogen, Zwaardgeesten, Stilzwijgenden, Neutralisten, [[Huiskoopers|Huiskoopers]], [[Contra-Huiskoopers|Contra-Huiskoopers]], Franekers, Gooischen, Zuiveren, Libertisten, Hoterschen, Augustianen, Waterlanders, [[Drekwagen, de|de Drekwagen,]] Leonard-Klokschen, Claes-Woltersensvolk, Harde and Slappe Friezen, Collegianten, Hollanders or Pieter-Jansvolk, Afvallige Vlamingen, Groningers or [[Jan-Lucasvolk|Jan-Lucasvolk]], Jacob Pieters Vermolensvolk, [[Vincent de Hondtsvolk|Vincent de Hondtsvolk]], Hendrik Dirks Apeldoornsvolk, Robbert Robertszvolk, Bevende Broeders. This list obviously is very uncritical; not all "collegianten" were Mennonites, and "Bevende Broeders" apparently were Quakers and not Mennonites.
 
A. Montanus enumerates the following names of the Dutch Mennonites: Mennisten, Huttieten, Hoog-duitschen, Zwitserschen, Apostolischen, Separatisten, Oude en Jonge Friesen, Vlamingen, Voetwasschers, Borstentasters (or Borstenslagers), Hakenen-Oogen, Zwaardgeesten, Stilzwijgenden, Neutralisten, [[Huiskoopers|Huiskoopers]], [[Contra-Huiskoopers|Contra-Huiskoopers]], Franekers, Gooischen, Zuiveren, Libertisten, Hoterschen, Augustianen, Waterlanders, [[Drekwagen, de|de Drekwagen,]] Leonard-Klokschen, Claes-Woltersensvolk, Harde and Slappe Friezen, Collegianten, Hollanders or Pieter-Jansvolk, Afvallige Vlamingen, Groningers or [[Jan-Lucasvolk|Jan-Lucasvolk]], Jacob Pieters Vermolensvolk, [[Vincent de Hondtsvolk|Vincent de Hondtsvolk]], Hendrik Dirks Apeldoornsvolk, Robbert Robertszvolk, Bevende Broeders. This list obviously is very uncritical; not all "collegianten" were Mennonites, and "Bevende Broeders" apparently were Quakers and not Mennonites.

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Besides the names used by the Dutch Mennonites themselves like Doopsgezinden and Mennisten; also Menisten, Benisten, Mennonisten, Mennonieten, there were from the very beginning of Anabaptism in the Netherlands a large number of group names. The first Anabaptists called themselves Bondgenooten or Vrienden. By their opponents, both Catholic and Reformed even as late as the 17th century, they were usually called Wederdopers. After the various schisms there were the names Waterlanders, Vlamingen (Flemish), Oude Vlamingen, Groninger Oude Vlamingen, Dantziger Oude Vlamingen, Vriezen (Friezen), Oude or Harde Vriezen, Jonge or Zachte Vriezen, Hoogduitsers (High German Mennonites) or Overlanders, in the 17th century Lamisten and Zonisten, Grove and Fijne Mennisten. Often the names of the different branches or local groups were derived from a leading person: Melchiorieten (from Melchior Hoffman), Davidjoristen (after David Joris), Adamieten (after Adam Pastor), Obbiten (after Obbe Philipsz), Batenburgers (after Jan van Batenburg), Dirckisten (after Dirk Philipsz; the variant Dreckisten is an unkind corruption of the name Dirckisten), Naeldemansvolk (group), Thomas Bintgensvolk, Jacob Keestvolk, Jan Jacobszvolk or Janjacobsgezinden (after Jan Jacobsz), Pieter Jeltjesvolk, Vermeulensvolk (after Jacob Pieters van der Meulen), Robbert Robbertszvolk, fan Evertsvolk, Twisken (after Pieter Jansz Twisck), Uckowallisten (after Uko Walks), Galenisten (after Galenus Abrahamsz), Apostoolsen (after Samuel Apostool), Foppe-Onesvolk, Lausoms-gemeente, Jan Schellingwousvalk.

Stilstaanders, Zierikzeeers, and Neutralisten are the names given to the Mennonites who refused to take sides in the Flemish-Frisian conflict in 1566. Huiskoopers and Contra-Huiskoopers are denominational designations given to some Flemish groups. Bekommerden and Heylsamen are found in Friesland and Danzig. Bevredigden and Afgedeelden are two groups of Mennonites in North Holland in the early 17th century. Meerlanders are Hutterites; Wevers mean the followers of Hans Busschaert de Wever; Franickers or Franekers were Waterlanders, as was also the Nieuwe Gemeente (Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica (BRN) VII, 460, 464 f.); Blaauwe Schuur-Menisten are the Waterlanders at Harlingen and Nes, Ameland; Voetwassers were found in the province of Zeeland, Komejannen, being a branch of the Waterlanders, in North Holland; the meaning of the denominations Hamersch (Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (DB) 1897, 103, note) and Russchers (DB 1877, 34) is unknown. For Tibben, a denomination found in Groningen and Overijssel, see the article. The names Kleyn Hoopken and Allerkleinste Hoopken are names assumed by a few conservative separate congregations who did not want to have any connections with other congregations.

Formerly there circulated also a number of nicknames or contemptuous terms, given to the Mennonites by the non-Mennonite population, or by opposing Mennonite branches. The following are known: Swermers (Schwärmer, fanatics) or Rotgeesten (mobsters) (BRN VII, 238), Winkelpredikers (corner preachers), Dreckwagen (garbage cart), the name given by Leenaert Bouwens to the moderate Waterlanders; Bankroetiers, Borsten tasters, Glerckschen (Clarichen), Sanidtdooperen (BRN VII, 461, called thus after the tumultuous occurrences at 't Zandt), Maliapen (DB 1872, 32), Nieuwe Jeruzalemmers (after Münster, the new Jerusalem), Tibben, Eyckenplancken (DB 1897, 79), Reinen (clean ones), Stroopsilikkers (syrup-lickers), Koekvreters (cake eaters), Sloddermenisten (BRN VII, 20, grubby Mennonites, meaning uncertain), Vuile Goten (DB 1877, 34, dirty gutters; this expression probably was derived from the old doctrine of Incarnation as taught by Melchior Hoffman and Menno Simons, that Christ had passed through Maria as water through a pipe), Olieblokken (DB 1877, 34, obviously after the meetinghouse Den Vlaamschen Oly-Block at Haarlem).

A. Montanus enumerates the following names of the Dutch Mennonites: Mennisten, Huttieten, Hoog-duitschen, Zwitserschen, Apostolischen, Separatisten, Oude en Jonge Friesen, Vlamingen, Voetwasschers, Borstentasters (or Borstenslagers), Hakenen-Oogen, Zwaardgeesten, Stilzwijgenden, Neutralisten, Huiskoopers, Contra-Huiskoopers, Franekers, Gooischen, Zuiveren, Libertisten, Hoterschen, Augustianen, Waterlanders, de Drekwagen, Leonard-Klokschen, Claes-Woltersensvolk, Harde and Slappe Friezen, Collegianten, Hollanders or Pieter-Jansvolk, Afvallige Vlamingen, Groningers or Jan-Lucasvolk, Jacob Pieters Vermolensvolk, Vincent de Hondtsvolk, Hendrik Dirks Apeldoornsvolk, Robbert Robertszvolk, Bevende Broeders. This list obviously is very uncritical; not all "collegianten" were Mennonites, and "Bevende Broeders" apparently were Quakers and not Mennonites.

Bibliography

Cramer, Samuel and Fredrik Pijper. Bibliotheca Reformatoria Neerlandica. The Hague: M. Nijhoff, 1903-1914: VII, 20, 238, 460, 461, 464 f.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1872): 32; (1877): 34; (1897): 79, 103, note.

Montanus, A. Kerkelijke Historie van Nederland. 1671: 197.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957


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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Names Given to the Anabaptists-Mennonites in the Netherlands." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 28 Nov 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Names_Given_to_the_Anabaptists-Mennonites_in_the_Netherlands&oldid=93020.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1957). Names Given to the Anabaptists-Mennonites in the Netherlands. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 November 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Names_Given_to_the_Anabaptists-Mennonites_in_the_Netherlands&oldid=93020.




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