What’s in a name?

My name is Tjaart van der Walt. The name Tjaart1 is originally Dutch2.

It is a shortened version of the German name Diethard which translates to: The strong one of the people

Today most Tjaart s are likely to be South African3.

You pronounce it like this.

My last name van der Walt is Dutch as well. It means from the Wood.

There has been some distinguished Tjaart van der Walt s over the years:

  1. Traditionally spelled Tjaard. [return]
  2. Frisian to be exact. [return]
  3. South Africa used to be a Dutch colony, and the name Tjaart became popular in the region. [return]

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