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I have recently been conversing with a person in Holland who has passed on
some information on the Lakeman name there, and with their permission I am
passing along an edited version of one of our emails. I hope it may be of
interest to others that are descended from the English Lakemans.
"I think the name in Holland is from the time of Napoleon. My/our name is
related to someone who was selling sheets. Or a cloth-merchant. And sheet
means in Dutch laken. So Lakenman, Lakeman. In Holland there are also
people who are called Lakenman, but my/our name Lakeman misses an N.
"The sound of our name is different.
In Holland we say Lakeman.
And the LA, we say it like LA, it sounds like LA, la, la, la from a song
our something, but our A is longer something like LAA.
The KE of our name is also different, the K is pronounced almost the same,
but the E is pronounced like a "A", which you use if you say "A" car
We also pronounce "MAN" different as you do. The "M" and "N" are the same.
But the "A" is in Holland pronounced like the "A" of a song : la,la, la, la
But then a short one, I mean that the first is pronounced different then
the second one.
Maybe it's easier if you hear it."
My thanks to Michel Lakeman.