September 14, 2006

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink

Writing about web page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Vennegoor_of_Hesselink

A group of us in the pub for the United-Celtic match last night were wondering how Celtic’s Dutch striker got his unusual surname. Wikipedia provides the answer. The word ‘of’ is actually Dutch for ‘or’, and so his name is actually Vennegoor or Hesselink, which is a Dutch equivalent of a double-barrelled name. So he’s really just Jan Vennegoor-Hesselink, which doesn’t sound nearly as interesting.


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  1. Mathew Mannion

    Is it bad that I looked that up this morning too?..

    14 Sep 2006, 17:43

  2. I looked it up around the World Cup when he came on as a sub for Holland. Yes, I was a loser before all you guys…

    14 Sep 2006, 18:48


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