The Beijen/Beyen Family Site
by Laurens Beijen
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The size of the families and branches

The present situation

The next table shows the number of Beijen's and Beyen's from the different families and branches in the Netherlands and in other countries. With regard to other countries only people with Dutch ancestors are considered.

  in the Netherlandsin other countriestotal
  IJsselstein family, total
      Gijsbert branch
      Jan Thomas branch
      Johan Franco branch
280      
85
164
31
44      
8
27
9
324      
93
191
40
  Nieuwkapelle family15      7      22      
  Breyell family37      9      46      
  Hengelo family58      4      62      
  total390      64      454      

So nearly three-quarter of the Beijen's belong to the IJsselstein family, and more than 40% of all belong to the Jan Thomas branch.

The developments in the years 1800 - 2010

In the year 1800 only 67 people had the surname Beijen or Beyen. In 1900 201 people had that name and in 2010 463 people. The next graph shows the developments.

The graph illustrates that there were differences between the families and branches. In 1800 more than half of all belonged to the Gijsbert branch of the IJsselstein family. In later years the Jan Thomas branch became the largest one. Since 1900 the Hengelo and Breyell families had the largest relative growth.

The distribution over the Dutch provinces and the other countries

According to the latest information the Beijen's are spread over the Dutch provinces and the other countries as follows:

   Groningen
Friesland
Drenthe
Overijssel
Flevoland
Gelderland
Utrecht
North Holland
South Holland
Zeeland
North Brabant
Limburg

total Netherlands
6
2
4
45
13
62
80
69
78
2
26
3

390
   United States
New Zealand
Australia
Spain
Great Britain
Indonesia
Germany
Canada
Switzerland
France



total other countries
28
10
9
4
4
4
2
1
1
1



64
  

The relative distribution over the Dutch provinces

There a major differences between the number of inhabitants of the Dutch provinces. The best view of the "Beijen/Beyen density" can be found by dividing the number of people who have this name by the total number inhabitants of the province.

    Number of Beijen's and Beyen's
    per 100,000 inhabitants

  
Groningen
Friesland
Drenthe
Overijssel
Flevoland
Gelderland
Utrecht
North Holland
South Holland
Zeeland
North Brabant
Limburg

total Netherlands

1.0
0.3
0.8
3.9
3.2
3.1
6.3
2.5
2.2
0.5
1.0
0.3

2.3

The map shows that most Beijen's and Beyen's live in the central part of the country.
Of course there are differences between the families and branches. Most members of the Gijsbert branch live in Utrecht and North Holland, the Jan Thomas branch is best represented in Utrecht and South Holland, the Johan Franco branch in North Brabant, the Nieuwkapelle family in North Holland, the Breyell family in Gelderland and the Hengelo family in Overijssel.

The 1947 census: Beijen and other names

The 1947 census in the Netherlands has yielded information about the different family names. The results for the surnames Beijen and Beyen and some resembling names were as follows:

  


Groningen
Friesland
Drenthe
Overijssel
Gelderland
Utrecht
North Holland
South Holland
Zeeland
North Brabant
Limburg

total Netherlands
Beijen/
Beyen


0
0
0
38
28
74
55
99
1
3
1

299
Beije/
Beye


1
1
0
0
5
6
17
158
139
7
2

336
Bijen/
Byen


0
0
0
165
24
15
5
2
0
5
8

224
Beijens/
Beyens


0
0
0
1
1
0
22
15
4
33
0

76
Beijer/
Beyer


18
10
26
153
368
167
419
613
3
56
129

1962
  

The table shows that in 1947 there were hardly any Beijen's and Beyen's outside the provinces Overijssel to South Holland.
The surname Beije is a typical Zeeland name. This name appears to come from the island of Schouwen-Duiveland in Zeeland. Most Beije's in South Holland probably have their roots in Zeeland as well.
The surname Bijen is typical for the province of Overijssel. In 1947 as many as 80 Bijen's lived in the municipality of Weerselo and 57 in Hengelo. The page about the Hengelo family gives more information about the relationship between the Overijssel families Bijen and Beijen.
The surname Beijens/Beyens is most common in North Brabant. This name probably comes from the neighbouring Belgian province of Antwerp.
Of all listed surnames Beijer and Beyer are the cost common.


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