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THE PRAAMSMA FAMILY
Before the reign of Napoleon, not all families in the Netherlands had family names. In many regions - including Friesland - the patronym system was used: the father's first name became the child's last name. For instance, Auke and Trijntje, the son and daughter of Lolke Hotzes, were named Auke Lolkes and Trijntje Lolkes; Auke's sons Petrus and Lolke were named Petrus Aukes and Lolke Aukes. This led to confusion, and in 1811 Napoleon decreed that each family in the Netherlands was to select a family name. The children and grandchildren of Auke Lolkes chose three different names: Praamsma, Bargsma and Viss(ch)er.
 
 

Lolke
HOTZES
(c. 1673-?)
m. Aukje AUKES

 
 
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Trijntje
LOLKES
(c. 1709-?)

 

Auke
LOLKES
(1712-?)
m. Trijntje Petrus KEVERLING

 
     
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Petrus
AUKES
(1736-c.1771)
m. Antje Jacobs
KEVERLING

 

Lolke
AUKES
BARGSMA
(1754-1827)
m. Pietje
REDMERS

 
 
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Auke
PETRUS
VISS(SC)ER
(1761-bef. 1811)
m. Akke
FREERKS

 

Jacob
PETRUS
PRAAMSMA
(1763-1826)
m. Geeske Jans CORNEL

  BARGSMA
line continues
 
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  VISS(CH)ER
line continues
  PRAAMSMA
line continues
   
 

 
Joure, in Friesland, home of Jacob Petrus, the first Praamsma

Here, you will see their family trees. Why Lolke Aukes chose the name Bargsma, or why Akke Freerks, the widow of Auke Petrus, chose the name Viss(ch)er, is not known, but the name Praamsma was taken by Jacob Petrus  because he worked as a carpenter making small inland boats called a praam.

On this website you will also find family trees of related Frisian families Bommer and Bangma, and the ancestors of our distant relative Mata Hari. In addition, you will find ancestral trees of my maternal line, Uittenbroek and Rodenrijs, families which hailed from the southwest region of the Netherlands. --Rosalinde Praamsma

All Praamsmas are related!
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Praamsma Family Chart