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Old August 26th, 2016, 01:30 PM   #1
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You guys have been extremely helpful on this kind of stuff before, and I'd like your input again. I think this will be a continuing thread as these questions come up from time to time.

So, I have a character from the late 18th century. He's from Holland from a (fictitious) rich and powerful family with financial interests around the world. He's a ship captain and smuggler (especially of war materials). Basically, everything he or his family touches turns to gold.

His first name is Skylar.

What's his last name?

It should clearly be a Dutch name, but not anything too unique, especially if it already belongs to anyone real and famous.

Captain Skylar (Sky) ...

Jonckers
Visscher (means fisherman)
Van Laar
Prinsen (literally son of a prince)
Lucassen
Nelissen
Zeelen
Van der Laar
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Old August 26th, 2016, 01:45 PM   #2

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Van der Vaart
Bosch

That's all I know. Should almost be a Van Something, perhaps a Van der Something, de Something, of Something or so. We have a few Dutch members here. They'll probably come ul with something suitable.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 01:48 PM   #3

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If he is Dutch the 'v' in van is not capitalized. Except when it is used as a stand-a-lone, i.e. without a first name.
e.g. The painter Vincent van Gogh. or The painter Van Gogh.
If capitalized your character would be taken for Belgian or Flemish.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 02:04 PM   #4

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If he is Dutch the 'v' in van is not capitalized. Except when it is used as a stand-a-lone, i.e. without a first name.
e.g. The painter Vincent van Gogh. or The painter Van Gogh.
If capitalized your character would be taken for Belgian or Flemish.
How does that work in German Pedro? I have capitalised the v in my user name, but I have noticed some posters tend to refer to von Ranke rather than Von Ranke. Not that I have sleepless nights over it, but it would be nice to know which is the grammatically correct version.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 02:30 PM   #5
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Van der Vaart
Bosch

That's all I know. Should almost be a Van Something, perhaps a Van der Something, de Something, of Something or so. We have a few Dutch members here. They'll probably come ul with something suitable.
I was using van der Meer in my earlier writing. Skylar van der Meer (actually changed the first name at some point, too)

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If he is Dutch the 'v' in van is not capitalized. Except when it is used as a stand-a-lone, i.e. without a first name.
e.g. The painter Vincent van Gogh. or The painter Van Gogh.
If capitalized your character would be taken for Belgian or Flemish.
I don't think I knew that. Thanks!
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Old August 26th, 2016, 03:35 PM   #6

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Hendrikus? Sounds like a good moniker or alias.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 03:50 PM   #7

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Just make sure his nickname is "Bestevaer", and I shall be pleased.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 04:59 PM   #8

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How does that work in German Pedro? I have capitalised the v in my user name, but I have noticed some posters tend to refer to von Ranke rather than Von Ranke. Not that I have sleepless nights over it, but it would be nice to know which is the grammatically correct version.
Capitalized? Nein.! Basically the same conventions as the Dutch. The authority on German Grammar the Duden dictionary recommends a capital at the beginning of a sentence. But not as an abbreviation for that could be confused with a proper first name. The Swiss omit the von completely at the beginning of a sentence. So it would be either Ranke wrote a post or Von Ranke wrote a post but never v. Ranke wrote a post. I hope this is sufficiently confusing.
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I was using van der Meer in my earlier writing. Skylar van der Meer (actually changed the first name at some point, too)
van der Meer has a nice ring to it. Might I suggest van der Zee. (of the Sea) I assume he is a ship captain.
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I hope this is sufficiently confusing.
Absolutely!
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