My ancestors living in a small village, Surhuisterveen, in Freisland, The Netherlands did not have a family name until required by Napoleon's Surname decree of 1811. Jan Andries (born 1755) was married to Sjoukje Geerts in 1777, they lived in Surhuisterveen with their children: Andries Jans, Geert Jans, and Nutte Jans. Also their grand children: Jan Andries (born 1798), Martsen Andries, et.al. The civil registration of 1811 in Surhuisterveen shows them adopting the surname Scholte. I have not been able to determine why they chose this name. Does anyone recognize this family? Are you their descendants also? Do you know why they chose that name??
My name is Ronald Scholte, I am a descendant of the Jan Andries (Scholte) born in 1798.