The Most Famous Dutch Person: Ranking the Iconic Figure in Dutch History

Choose the person you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 2, 2024 08:09
Welcome to StrawPoll, where your opinions shape the rankings! Today, we're on a quest to discover the most famous Dutch person of all time. From iconic painters like Vincent van Gogh to groundbreaking DJs like Armin van Buuren, the Netherlands has produced some extraordinary talents. But who stands above the rest? That's where you come in! Dive into our carefully curated list, cast your vote for your favorite Dutch icon, or suggest a name we might have missed. This is your chance to make history and help us crown the ultimate Dutch superstar. So, join the conversation, share your thoughts, and let's uncover the true face of Dutch fame together!

Who Is the Most Famous Dutch Person?

  1. 1
    Vincent van Gogh
    Vincent van Gogh · Public domain
    One of the most famous painters in history, known for his post-impressionist style. He is known for masterpieces such as Starry Night and Sunflowers.
    Vincent van Gogh in other rankings
  2. 2
    Anne Frank
    AnonymousUnknown author · Public domain

    Anne Frank

    Anne Frank
    A young Jewish girl who kept a diary while she was in hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Her diary, published after her death, has become a symbol of hope and resilience.
    Anne Frank is an iconic figure known for her extraordinary bravery and resilience during one of the darkest times in history - the Holocaust. She was a Jewish girl who went into hiding with her family in Amsterdam during World War II to escape Nazi persecution. Anne chronicled her experiences and personal reflections in her renowned diary, 'The Diary of a Young Girl.' Her diary serves as a poignant and powerful testament to the human spirit and the enduring hope for a better future.
    • Birthdate: June 12, 1929
    • Death: March 1945 (exact date uncertain, Bergen-Belsen concentration camp)
    • Country of Origin: Germany
    • Nationality: German until 1941, Stateless from then onward
    • Famous Work: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank in other rankings
  3. 3
    Rembrandt van Rijn
    Rembrandt · Public domain
    One of the greatest painters and printmakers in European history, known for his realistic portraits and use of light and shadow. His most famous work is probably The Night Watch.
    Rembrandt van Rijn in other rankings
  4. 4
    A legendary football (soccer) player and coach, considered one of the greatest of all time. He revolutionized the game with his innovative tactics and style of play.
    Johan Cruyff in other rankings
  5. 5
    A philosopher, theologian, and writer who lived during the Renaissance. He is known for his influential works on education, religion, and politics, and for his witty and satirical writing style.
  6. 6
    The current King of the Netherlands, who ascended to the throne in 2013. He has been praised for his accessibility and down-to-earth approach to his royal duties.
  7. 7
    Jan Steen
    Jan Steen · Public domain
    A painter from the Dutch Golden Age, known for his humorous and lively scenes of everyday life. He is often compared to his contemporary, Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
    Jan Steen in other rankings
  8. 8

    Mata Hari

    François Nars
    A Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was accused of being a spy during World War I. She was executed by the French in 1917, and her story has since become a legend.
    NARS Mata Hari is a highly coveted blush shade known for its beautiful matte finish and stunning pink hue. It is named after the famous Indian dancer. Mata Hari blush provides a bright and cheerful pop of color to the cheeks, offering a natural flush that suits a variety of skin tones. The ultra-fine powder formulation ensures easy application and seamless blending.
    • Finish: Matte
    • Color: Pink
    • Pigmentation: Highly pigmented
    • Skin Tones: Suitable for various skin tones
    • Texture: Ultra-fine powder
    Mata Hari in other rankings
  9. 9
    Baruch Spinoza
    anonymous  · Public domain
    A philosopher who lived during the 17th century, known for his radical ideas about religion, politics, and ethics. He was excommunicated from the Jewish community for his beliefs, but his work has had a lasting influence on philosophy.
    Baruch Spinoza in other rankings
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    Queen Beatrix
    en:Eurocopter_tigre · Public domain
    The former Queen of the Netherlands, who reigned from 1980 to 2013. She was known for her dedication to public service and her commitment to cultural preservation.

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Ranking factors for famous person

  1. Achievements
    The extent to which the individual has left a lasting mark on history through their accomplishments, such as success in science, art, politics, or other fields.
  2. Contribution to Dutch society
    The extent to which the individual has contributed to the social and cultural fabric of the Netherlands, such as philanthropy, public service, or advocacy.
  3. Popularity
    The individual's level of recognition among people inside and outside of the Netherlands, as measured by their media exposure, social media presence, and overall public profile.
  4. Historical significance
    The extent to which the individual has played a significant role in Dutch history, or has been a part of pivotal moments in the country's past.
  5. Cultural impact
    The extent to which the individual has influenced Dutch culture and society, such as through their artistic or literary works, or their cultural contributions.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous Dutch person. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or man is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


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Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each man once every 24 hours. The rank of each man is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous dutch person

The Netherlands is a country known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and influential figures. From artists and writers to scientists and politicians, the Dutch have made their mark on the world stage. When it comes to determining the most famous Dutch person, there are many contenders. Some might argue for Vincent van Gogh, the post-impressionist painter whose works have become iconic around the world. Others may point to Anne Frank, the young diarist whose story has touched countless hearts. Still, others might suggest Johan Cruyff, the legendary footballer who helped revolutionize the sport. Whoever you believe to be the most famous Dutch person, there is no denying the impact that this small but mighty country has had on the world.

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