Oy Vey, Van Der Oye

Hola and bienvenidos, readers of this funny-named blog. We shall not let you down with today’s multisyllabic offering. While logic and reasoning would lead me to call this bearded paleskin a Netherlander, as he springs from Voorst, Gelderland, Netherlands, I must use the more accurate term of Dutch.


Today we celebrate the Dutch politician, Willem Anne Assueer Jacob Schimmelpenninck van der Oye. For most of us, the only Willem with which we are familiar is actor Willem Dafoe, not to be confused with Willem DaFriend. While this is completely irrelevant, I do feel I must share with you the name of Dafoe’s spouse, Giada Colagrande, before we proceed on the Dutch front, simply because this blog demands it. It brings to mind an image of Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis holding a Super Big Gulp of Coke. While Giada would not be caught dead in a 7-11, she also evidently does not drink soda either. Only wine. Cheers to that!


Enough already with the décolletage-baring Italian; back to the Dutchman. A Dutchman who was born a man and identified as a man. So why was his middle name Anne? Ik weet het niet. Who can say? As if that weren’t unfortunate enough, his second middle name was Assueer. As you can imagine, it’s quite uncommon for obvious reasons. Jacob we’ve got covered. And then we move on to that huge chunk of surname, Schimmelpenninck van der Oye.


But don’t cry for Willem, Argentina. I doubt he was ever mocked. As the son of a conservative minister and governor, he was born into nobility. Per Forebears, the surname means white horse penny (not to be confused with White Horse, Pennslyvania). More like white horse dollah dollah bill, y’all.

So anyway, WAAJSVDO was admitted to the Hogeschool Utrecht from 1852 to 1858, where he studied law. Here’s an image of the modern day Hogeschool Utrecht. Isn’t it fun? It looks like smooshed up Legos.

By Ted van de Weteringe from Utrecht, Netherlands

With degree in hand, he moved to The Hague (a city) to work in law from 1858 till 1862. During the late 60s, he ran for the senate as second candidate, but was beaten by the liberals.


But don’t worry; he was neither jobless nor homeless. He lived in his ancestral home with wife Jacoba Christina van Pallandt, whom he married in 1870. While he fathered no children, he was made a knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion in July of 1874. So that’s something. From 1876 to 1877, he served as a member of the senate of the Netherlands, representing the province of Gelderland. From 1879 to 1880, he was a member of the States-Provincial of Gelderland. Then he went back to the senate of the Netherlands again from 1880 to 1889. During his last year in the senate, he got to be president. Woot!

As if that weren’t enough, he was made an honorary chamberlain of King William III of the Netherlands from 1868 till his death. While his cause of death was not recorded, we do know that he passed on a Saturday. And like John Ritter and Michael Landon, he gave up the ghost at age 54. Life expectancy, at best, was 44 at the time, so good for him! And thank you for visiting The Blog Of Funny Names!



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10 Responses to Oy Vey, Van Der Oye

  1. Benson says:

    Now that is a name. I wonder do you think his parents called him Willy or Jake? Or when Mama was mad Willem Jacob?

  2. Dave says:

    Oy vey, that mensch had chutzpah! I wonder what superfood he would nosh on, to keep that schmutz-free record of excellence. I’ll raise my glass to say L’chaim and mazel tov to him – he was definitely not a schlimazel!

    You’re a mensch too, kerbey!

    OK, now I’ll give up the Yiddish schtick … now!

    Fun read!

  3. ksbeth says:

    one of my favorite names ever! imagine him spelling and writing his name as a young child, it would cause many to quit school!

    • kerbey says:

      Yes! One of my first thoughts was how terrible it would be to fill out a Scantron test but that was a hundred years before his time. And just imagine him trying to sign his name on a credit card receipt.

  4. wdydfae says:

    “. . . Kerbey channels Nietzsche as she narrates what brought to Willem to power . . .”

    “. . . ‘Willem to power’ . . . Get it? Get it? . . .”

    “. . . Willem Anne Assueer Jacob Schimmelpenninck van der Oye . . . thaaaat’s my name, too! Whenever I go out, the people always shout, ‘There goes Willem Anne Assueer Jacob Schimmelpenninck van der Oye!’ LA LA LA LA LA LA LA! . . .”

    “. . . If Willem got his law degree at Hogeschool did that mean enter the House of Schimmelynn? . . .”

    “. . . the ever-unpredictable Kerb takes us on one wild name ride, and a cameo from Dave is the icing on the cake! . . .”

    • kerbey says:

      Now are you reminding me of a band called Will To Power. They should have done a cover of that Jingleheimer Schmidt song, now that you point that out. Frankly, I’m exhausted from channelling Nietzsche. And yay to the cameo!

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