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Waliën (Walyen, Walijen), a Dutch Mennonite family found from the early 17th century until about 1830 among the members of the congregation of Winterswijk, where some of them served as deacons and where shortly after 1600 Mennonite meetings were held in the rear of the house of Hindrick Walien. Occasionally they are also found in the congregation at Almelo and elsewhere. There was a branch of this family at Amsterdam (Lamist church) ca. 1700-60; here too some Waliens were deacons. At Winterswijk they were textile merchants and manufacturers.

According to a family tradition the Waliens, who are found at Bocholt, Westphalia from the 10th century, were expelled from there in 1611 and then with other Mennonites moved to Winterswijk. According to another tradition, they received their family name from the old farm named Waljen near Winterswijk. Mennonite members of this family were also found ca. 1600 at Vreden in Westphalia.


Church records of Amsterdam.

Fleischer, F. G. De Doopsgez. gemeenle te Winterswijk. 1911. 10, 18, 30 et passim.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Waliën family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 1 Apr 2015.

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