I Didn’t Realize that They’re German

Recently, we realized that many Afrikaner surnames are originating from Germany. Previously, we thought that most, if not all Afrikaner surnames are originating from Low Countries, especially the Netherlands. However, many surnames that considered Dutch are actually German. This because of presence of Germans during VOC period while VOC sent Germans to Cape Colony, present South Africa. The reasons of Germans existed on VOC because of economic hardship in Germany. Thus, the Germans joined VOC for better economic prospect. Because of VOC and migration, many German surnames existed in South Africa which are survived until present.

The mistaken surnames are often happened while we referred Afrikaners. This because most Afrikaners are thought as Dutch descent/heritage. The Dutch labeling is done due to the colonization of the Netherlands and VOC in South Africa for more than one century. Because of that, many Afrikaner surnames are spelled and written in Dutch form. One of the surnames which are mistaken as Dutch are Viljoen which is actually derived from French surname Villion.

For years, we always mistaken Afrikaner surnames as Dutch due to name form in Dutch language which is the basis of Afrikaans, one of 11 national languages of South Africa. This thing is also happened on Hana Planckaert idoling scene. At first, Hana and most people though that most Afrikaners are coming from Dutch descent/heritage. But, actually the Afrikaners aren’t Dutch at all. This because Afrikaners are coming from different European countries, they’re the Netherlands, Flanders (present Belgium), France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. However, most Afrikaners are coming from the Netherlands, France and Germany.

This Dutch mistake is happened on Meintjes surname which is though as the Dutch surname due to phonological traits. We’ve been mistaken Meintjes as the Dutch surnames for years. Because of this, we referred Meintjes as Fake Dutch. Then, someone read genealogy website and knew that Meintjes is the German surname, not Dutch. After that, we realized that Meintjes is coming from an old German word. Aside of that, Meintjes is originated from Münsterland, a place in Rhine-North Westphalia, Germany.

After realizing that her surname is German, Debora which based on climber Louis Meintjes ordered German folk costume. Previously, she owned a hot pink Dutch folk costume which worn at various events. She had been wearing that costume for years. Then she sold her hot pink Dutch folk costume for good. Other Afrikaners in Visioneer world did the same after the surname origin revealing. From now, she would wear German folk costume as she comes from German descent, not Dutch.

The costume is bought on Zepeto. All of the pictures are taken from Zepeto.

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