The Zuiddam family has its roots in the Low Countries. My first known forefather Andries van Suytdam was born in the 16th century. Over the years different spellings of the surname Van Suytdam / Van Zuidam emerged, resulting in e.g. in Zuidam, Zuiddam, Suydam. My wider family was involved in the establishment of the New Netherland colony and the city of Nieuw Amsterdam (presently New York) in the 17thcentury. Others settled in South-Africa and Australia.

Interestingly, one distant relative served with Napoleon and survived his campaign into Russia, while another familymember served under Wellington at Waterloo. My wife’s ancestors were among the earliest Dutch settlers when they joined the Cape Colony of Jan van Riebeeck in the 17th century.

I am a theologian and classical scholar.