Family Van Boheemen - Van Bohemen

History of Van Bohe(e)men Family


Peter J.M. van Boheemen

Webmaster Peter van Boheemen,

On this website the origin and the tree of the Van Bohemen / Van Boheemen family are presented.

The Van Bohe(e)men family tree has a small branch where the members bear the name Bohe(e)men (so without the prefix ‘Van’). These branch is also brought up. The latter is not the case for the Jewish family named Bohemen, because there exists no genealogical relationschip with the Christian family Van Bohe(e)men  (see Postscript at the end of this page).

Completing the family tree is still going on. The missing data have already been collected, but require a final processing and verification. In near future the website will be supplemented.

Comments in the form of a question, a correction or a supplement are welcome.

Headlines of webpages

About Me contains information about the webmaster. In addition to his curriculum vitae, his pedigree chart is presented (short version). Furhermore two  descent linealities are given: one with his forefathers (patrilineality) and one with his foremorthers (matrilineality).

On Founder you can read who is currently seen as the earliest ancestor of the family. Presumably he is born around 1430 near the border between the present municipalities of The Hague and Westland.

Family Name deals with the possible origin of the family name Van Bohe(e)men.

On Distribution a map is shown with the spreading of the family over the Netherlands in 2007. A table contents the spreading in 1947.
Nowadays the family appears to occur in all regions of The Netherlands. The Hague and its neighbourhood is still a concentration area. Due to an emigration wave shortly after the World War II, the family is now also present in other parts of the world, particularly in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.

The Family Tree is spread over three webpages because of a differentiation between the periods 1430 -1650, 1650 -1800 and 1800 -1950.
In the first two periods, the family mainly consists of farmers. Also in the period 1800-1900 the majority of the family is still working in agriculture. But  in 1900-1950 many family members live no longer in rural areas, but in cities, especially in The Hague, Delft and Dordrecht.

On Biographies family members with a special way of life are outlined. The first one is welll known painter Kees van Bohemen.

Locations is intended for describing familial landmarks (buildings and places deserving special attention in the family history). In view of the family history this concerns a number of farms, but other types of places will also get attention.

DNA-profile is dedicated to the new possibilities to find early ancestors on the base of DNA-analyses. Furthermore genetic research can prove if a decent according to written sources also is a descent in a biological way.

On Publications you will find books and articles that are relevant in view of the family history.

On Contact there can be react to the webmaster. Any question, correction or addition? Let it know.


The Jewish family with the name Bohemen comes in the 18th century from Central Europe to The Netherlands and settles then in the city of Amsterdam and the province of Groningen. As described on this website the Van Bohe(e)men family has a quite other origin.
Nowadays the family name Bohemen is rare in The Netherlands. In 1947, shortly after the Holocaust, 64 members are counted. In 2015 this number amounts only 25.

Website in both English and Dutch

Website in English

Besides a Dutch version the website has now also one in English, because the Van Bohe(e)men family is spread all over the world. It starts about 1700 with some family members are employed by the Dutch East India Company (VOC).

A more important group forms those emigrating shortly after World War II to countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada en the United Staes in order to build there a new livelihood (mostly in agri- or horticulture). Nowadays globalization has progressed so far, that family members can be found in much more countries.

However, most of genealogical data are still in Dutch. This handicap is met in the form of a bilingual dictionary. Please contact if further clarification is desired.