Subject: Re: van Droffelaar
Author: Menke   (guest)
Date: August 1, 2005 at 2:43 AM
Reply to: van Droffelaar by kylie

This name means "from Droffelaar". Droffelaar was originally De Roffelaar, which is the name of a farm near Scherpenzeel, province Gelderland. It was named after as far as I can tell a natural water. Also a lock or a dam in this water beared that name. The farm was probably burned down during the Second World War by German soldiers on a raid, together with other farms. De Roffelaar literally means "the planer" or "the bungler, muddler". It is also a possible nickname for woodpeckers.

source: www.meertens.knaw.nl/nfd/

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