Willem Jansz Blaeu (1571 - 1638)

‹ Back to Blaeu surname

Is your surname Blaeu?

Research the Blaeu family

Willem Jansz Blaeu's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Birthplace: Alkmaar -of-, Uitgeest, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Death: Died in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Nederland
Occupation: cartograaf, drukker, uitgever, globe-maker
Managed by: Ad Teulings
Last Updated:

About Willem Jansz Blaeu

  • Wikipedia - Willem Blaeu
  • born - 1571 - Holland, Seven Provinces
  • died - 21 Oct 1638 - Amsterdam, Holland
  • children - Johannes and Cornelis Blaeu
  • occupation - Cartographer, atlas maker, publisher

In 1633 he was appointed map-maker of the Dutch East India Company. He was also an editor and publisher of Willebrord Snell, Adriaan Metius, Gerhard Johann Vossius and the historian and poet Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft.

Blaeu was born in Alkmaar in 1571. He started his career as a carpenter and a clerk in the Amsterdam mercantile office of his patrician cousin Comelis Pieterszoon Hooft. He was however very much interested in astronomy, navigation and cartography and in 1595- 1596 worked for a few months at Tycho Brahe's observatory on Hven (Denmark). After his return to Amsterdam, Blaeu married Marietje Comelisdochter and established himself as a dealer in globes and maps. He also made globes and maps himself and became quite renowned for his productions. His first terrestrial globe dates from 1599, his first celestial globe from 1602. Read more about him

view all

Willem Jansz Blaeu's Timeline

Uitgeest, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
September 23, 1596
Age 25
Alkmaar, Noord-Holland, Nederland
Age 29
Age 39
October 21, 1638
Age 67
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Nederland