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Looten (Lootens, Loten) was a Dutch Mennonite family. A branch of this family emigrated from Flanders, Belgium, in the early 17th century, and is found at Aardenburg, Dutch Zealand Flanders. David Looten, a Mennonite born at Bellem near Bruges, but a citizen of Aardenburg, died at Leiden in 1626. Laurens Looten (died after 1688), a well-to-do farmer, and his family contributed generously to the building of a new meetinghouse in 1655. His descendants joined the Reformed Church. Other branches of the Looten family are found in Leiden and Amsterdam. Laurens Jansz Looten, a cloth merchant, moved from Leiden to Amsterdam in 1612. His son Jan Looten (born 1618 at Amsterdam), married to Cathalijntje Harmansdochter, of Jülich, was a painter of landscapes. He lived in England for some time, and probably died there in 1681. Karel Loten in the first decades of the 17th century was a wealthy merchant of Amsterdam, who owned a stately country home in De Beemster. By marriage the Amsterdam Loten (Looten) family, which belonged to the Waterlander Mennonite congregation, and after its merger in 1668 to the united Waterlander-Lamist Church, was related to other well-known Mennonite families such as Rutgers, Verhamme, Roeters. Some members of this family served as deacons. The Looten family died out in the 18th century.

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Church records of Amsterdam.

Molhuysen, P. C. and  P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek. Leiden, 1911-1937: IX, 623.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Looten (Lootens, Loten) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 28 Jun 2017.,_Loten)_family&oldid=119496.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1956). Looten (Lootens, Loten) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 June 2017, from,_Loten)_family&oldid=119496.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 393. All rights reserved.

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