Luyken family

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Luyken (Luiken) is a Dutch family name. Caspar Christoffel Luycken (ca. 1607-ca. 1667) moved from Essen, Germany, to Amsterdam. In 1633 he married Hester Coores from Middelburg, Dutch province of Zeeland, Caspar Luycken, at first a clothmaker, later became schoolteacher. He felt keenly existing "social disorder," the contrast between the poor and the wealthy ship owners and crew, and employers who took advantage of the miserable situation of the employed. He joined the Remonstrant congregation at Amsterdam, but in later years he participated in the meetings of the Collegiants. Being a friend of Galenus Abrahamsz, preacher of the Flemish Mennonite congregation of Amsterdam, Luycken defended him against the calumnies and falsehoods of his antagonists in a booklet, Ondersoeck over den inhout van twee boecxkens, genaemt de ontdekte Veynsinge (Amsterdam, 1655). A son of Caspar Christoffel Luycken was Jan Luiken, the noted artist. In the late 17th and early 18th centuries some Luykens were members of the Amsterdam Lamist Mennonite congregation. Jan Luykens, who emigrated from Krefeld to Germantown in 1683, may have been a member of this family. It could not be ascertained whether Andries Lucken, who signed the Dordrecht Confession for the Rotterdam congregation in 1632, belonged to this family or not.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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