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Roos, a common Dutch family name. There have been a number of Mennonite families with this name, some apparently unrelated; nearly all have died out.

A branch of the Roos family was found at Middelie and Edam in the province of North Holland. Dirk Cornelisz Roos (died 1729) was a preacher in the Frisian congregation at Edam in 1724-29, and Pieter Cornelisz Roos in the Waterlander congregation of Wormer-Jisp in the early 18th century.

Other branches were found at Amsterdam, Haarlem, Groningen, Harlingen, Workum, and Sneek. The Haarlem branch had probably come from Flanders, Belgium, in the early 17th century (see Roose). A part of the Amsterdam family seems to have been related to this Haarlem branch. Another part of the Amsterdam family, as well as those in Groningen, Harlingen, Sneek, and Workum, seems to have had a common progenitor, Harke Roos, who lived in Workum, Friesland, about 1600. His descendants living in the last four cities were usually in business, such as lumber. Most of the Workum Roos family in the 17th and 18th centuries were shipowners. Some of them, for example, Jelle Sipkes Roos (died 1789), a deacon of the Workum Mennonite congregation, were very wealthy. Epke Sipkes Roos, born 1702 at Workum, died 1794 at Sneek, probably a brother of Jelle, founded a fund for the training of young men of the congregations of Sneek, Workum, and Grouw for the ministry at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary. Other members of the Roos family at Sneek were among the last members of the conservative Old Flemish congregation.

At Amsterdam some of the Roos families were members of the Lamist congregation and Collegiants at the same time. Others belonged to the conservative Old Frisian "Arke Noë " congregation; their descendants joined the Lamists about 1730.

Some branches of the Roos family, especially that of Haarlem, may have been related to the Mennonite Roosen family. Members of this family occasionally spelled their names Ro(o)se or Ro(o)sen; but hasty conclusions must be avoided, for the spelling of Dutch family names was very slovenly, often as late as the 19th century.

A Mennonite de Roos family was still living at Staveren, Friesland in the late 1950s.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1887): 128; (1898): 85; (1903): 109 f.; (1905): 41.

Gorter's Doopsgezinde Lectuur. 1858: 327-30.

Mesdag, G. van. Het Geslacht Mesdag. 1943-46: 106, 140, 142.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. II, Nos. 1152, 2500-2.

Slee, J. C. van. De Rijnsburger Collegianten. Haarlem, 1895: 187, 439; church records of the Amsterdam congregation.

Verslag (Report) of the A.D.S. (Algemeene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit): (1813): 5, 14, 20; (1817): 9 f.; (1818): 10; (1823): 13; (1824): 9.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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