Janmaat from Hoorn
The city of Hoorn is situated in the Province of Noord (North) Holland and lies at the edge of what used to be the Zuiderzee (Southern Sea), now called Ysselmeer.
Here I came across the name Janmaat in what is most certainly an unusual situation. Judge for yourself!
In approximately 1634 Jan Jansz Pot married Grietje Claes Galeman.
This Jan Jansz Pot later adopted the name 'Jan Maet', and the following detail confirms this change of name.
Jan and Grietje had four children:
|Luitje||Daughter||( - 1700)|
|Grietje||Daughter||( - )|
|Jan||Son||( - 1685)|
In the marriage records for the first three children their names are recorded as Janmaet and not Pot.
1. Claes Jansz(*1) Janmaet (Married Beatrix Crab)
2. Luitje Jansz Janmaet (married Dirk Claesz Abbas)
3. Grietje Jansz Janmaet (married Juriaan Philipsz Kieft)
The 2 children of Claes Jansz Janmaet and Beatrix Crab, Claes and Grietje, obviously were not happy with the name Janmaet and changed it to that of their mother.
So Claes Claesz (*2) Janmaet became Claes Claesz Crab, and Grietje Claes Janmaet became Grietje Claes Crab, as is born out by their subsequent marriage records.
So here we have a case where a 'surname' changed from Pot to Janmaet to Crab!!
Claes Claesz married Aaltje Langewaegen and they had 11 children. However, I have no evidence to suggest that the name Janmaet survived with these children.