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Salm, a Dutch Mennonite family of Amsterdam, Netherlands, members of the Old Frisian (Arke Noach) congregation from the 17th century, and later also in the United Mennonite Church. Many of them were deacons, but none was a preacher. The ancestor of the family, as far as is known, was Claes Sybrandtsz Salm (1609-64), of Amsterdam, who was a builder of barges and later was a salmon merchant, from which the name was derived. The Amsterdam Salm family became very wealthy in the 18th and 19th centuries (most of them were sugar, tobacco, etc., brokers). Abraham Salm Gz (d. 1915 at Amsterdam), for some time a deacon of the Amsterdam congregation, was an architect. Members of the Salm family were formerly also found at Zaandam.


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Wijs, J. J. A. Stamboom van de familie Salm. (n.p., n.d.-1936).

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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