All the (van)Osnabrugge, Osenbruggen, Ossenbroich etc. people (with all the different spellings) we have identified sofar seem to originate from two sources:
New Family Names (Surnames).
When, several centuries ago, people moved from one place to another, they took, or were given, a nickname or last name, which showed where they came from. Those names are called "Names of origin" (herkomstnamen). Foreign place names were often adapted to the new laguage. These names are called exonyms. An English exonym is a name in the English language for a place (a toponym), which does not follow the local usage (the endonym) e.g. The Hague for the Dutch town name Den Haag.
Exonyms and endonyms are features of all languages. Numerous are the Dutch exonyms of "foreign" names of origin:
(Van) Koppenhagen en Cobbenhagen; Van Breemen en Bremer; (Van) Osnabrugge en Van Os(s)enbruggen; (Van) Kleef(f), Van Cleef(f) en Cleven; Van Zanten en Van Santen; Van Gulik en Gulikers; Gresnigt; Van Keulen en De Keulenaar; Monshouwer en Van Monsjou; Cobelens en Koblens; Berlijn; Van Leipsig; Van Dansik en Van Dantzig; (Van) Praag; Van Oven; (Van) Brussel, Brusselaars en Brusselman; Van Rijssel; Van Doornik; (Van) Duinkerken; Van Komen; Van Halewijn; Eggermont; Grinwis; Van Cornewal; Van Londen; Van Milaan; Van Venetien; Van Toledo.
Source: Namen van buitenlanders in ons binnenland door Leendert Brouwer.
2012 - Jaarboek van het CBG - deel 66
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A census done in 2007 showed that (only) 1807 people with 15 name variations were alive and living in the Netherlands. More census details, and estimates for other countries, are given inside.
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