These databases of the Meertens Institute offer a unique perspective on Dutch language and culture and serve as starting point for research.

    Dutch First Name Database

    The Dutch First Name Database enables you to search a file containing some 20.000 first names including explanations of the names and all sorts of other information on names.


    The Dynamic Syntactic Atlas of the Dutch Dialects (DynaSAND) consists of a database, a search engine, a cartographic component and a bibliography.

    Dutch Dialect Database

    Hundreds of hours of sound fragments have been made accessible in the Dutch Dialect Database. On this speaking map authentic conversations between dialect speakers from all over the Netherlands can be heard.


    In the database of the Morphological Atlas of the Dutch Dialects (MAND), you can search on transcriptions, word categories, word stems and places in the Netherlands.

    Dutch Family Name Database

    The Dutch Family Name Database (NFD) is a source of information for anyone interested in the origin, meaning and distribution of family names.


    Database of Culture and Language Maps

    The Database of Culture and Language Maps contains an index of 30.000 titels of published and unpublished culture and language maps, for the most part linked to an image of the map.

    Dutch Folktale Database

    The Dutch Folktale Database enables you to search for historical and contemporary fairy tales, legends, saints' lives, jokes, riddles and urban legends.

    Database Migration in the Netherlands in the 20th century

    In this database, the migration of people in the Netherlands in the 20th century is visualised in maps. For each municipality the following questions have been answered: where have the ancestors of the present inhabitants been born, what is the birth place of the offspring of the inhabitants from a century ago en where do they live now.

    The new Winkler

    In 1874 J.H. Winkler registered a large number of translations of the Parable of the Prodigal Son in Dutch and Frisian dialects. In 1996 this exercise was repeated by dr. Harrie Scholtmeijer, who at that time worked at the Meertens Institute, and resulted in 82 new dialect translations.

    elektronische Woordenbank van de Nederlandse Dialecten

    De elektronische Woordenbank van de Nederlandse Dialecten (eWND) bevat een alsmaar groeiend aantal oude en modernere Nederlandse dialectwoordenboeken. Via een Standaardnederlandse vorm worden alle bestaande woordenboeken tot één groot netwerk aan elkaar gekoppeld.

    Estate Inventory Database

    An estate inventory or probate inventory is an official document in which the possessions of a person or household are described. For more information, see the Estate Inventory Database.


    Het Nederlands heeft allerlei woorden uit andere talen overgenomen, maar andersom heeft het Nederlands ook woorden uitgeleend. De Uitleenwoordenbank van het Meertens Instituut bevat meer dan 18.000 ‘uitleenwoorden’.

    Dutch Folksong Database

    The Dutch Folksong Database was launched on 22nd June 2007. This database gives access to more than 125.000 songs, from the Middle Ages to the modern times.

    Etymology Database

    In the Etymology Database all relevant etymological publications of Dutch are presented in chronologic order.

    Pilgrimage in the Netherlands

    In this database, the pilgrimage culture in the Netherlands from the sixth century A.D. till the present has been mapped out. The database contains data on 660 places of pilgrimage.

    Names and Onomastics in the Netherlands

    Names and Onomastics in the Netherlands and elsewhere (NNN) is an onomastic documentation system in which you can find information on names and onomastic subjects.

    Reconstructed farms in the Netherlands

    The database Reconstructed farms in the Netherlands contains information about more than 7.000 reconstructed farms in the Netherlands.


    The database called Plant Names in Dutch Dialects (PLAND) of the Meertens Institute contains the popular names of plants in the Dutch language area.

    Diachronic corpora

    Various researchers are developing and enriching their own corpus for diachronic research. The Meertens Institute makes these corpora available for scientific research with permission of the owners.

    Database Old Dutch Sizes and Weights

    The Database Old Dutch Sizes and Weights entails historic metrological data from the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century.

    Ethnological Keyword Database

    In the Ethnological Keyword Database (VTB) all ethnological books en articles from the library of the Meertens Institute can be found with the help of keywords.

    Database Patron Saints

    The Database Patron Saints entails data about the worship of a number of patron saints in The Netherlands and Flanders.