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Houtman or De Houtman is a Dutch surname.[1] Translating as "(the) woodman", the origin of the name may be toponymic ("from the woods") or occupational (lumberman, carpenter, etc.).[2] Notable people with the surname include:

  • Cornelis de Houtman (1565–1599), Dutch explorer who discovered a new sea route from Europe to Indonesia
  • Frederick de Houtman (1571–1627), Dutch explorer who sailed along the Western coast of Australia to Batavia
  • Jan Houtman (1917–1944), Dutch resistance member murdered during World War II
  • Marques Houtman (born 1979), Cape Verdean American basketball point guard
  • Peter Houtman (born 1957), Dutch football striker
  • Rinus Houtman (born 1942), Dutch Reformed Political Party politician
  • Anne M. Houtman, American academic administrator

See also


  1. van Osta, Ward (2012). Met naam en toenaam : voornamen, familienamen en bekende merknamen (in Dutch). Antwerpen Apeldoorn: Garant. p. 93. ISBN 978-90-441-2931-1. OCLC 803366714. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  2. Houtman at the Database of Surnames in The Netherlands.
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