Immigration Library
Scandinavian Immigrants in New York 1630–1674
Part I: Norwegian Immigrants in New York 1630–1674
Dirck Holgersen
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Dirck Holgersen married, before 1632, Christine Vigne, a daughter of Adrienne (Ariantje) Cuville and Guillaume Vigne, Walloons from Valenciennes in the north-eastern part of France. Adrienne and Guillaume had four children: Jan Vigne, who was probably the first white child born in New Netherland; Maria, who was married to Abraham Verplanck; Christine, the wife of Dirck Holgersen; and Rachel, the wife of Cornelius van Tienhoven. Guillaume died before 1632, when Jan Jansen Damen married his widow.The Records of New Amsterdam, 1653–1674. II., p. 349, note.146

Another sponsor was Christina Vynen. It has been said that she was English, and that her real surname was "Fine." In the baptismal record (see under: Nicholaeszen. 1642), the word "engelsman" is appended to her name. No doubt "engelsman" here does not stand for "Englishman" but for Engel Mans, who was a Swedish woman, and sponsor at the same baptism.
Vynen—I take it—means the island of Fyen (or Fünen), Denmark. Christina often appeared as sponsor in New Amsterdam.

Rachel Vynen (1641) was likely her sister. Capt. Francois Fyn, (Ffyn), it would appear, was another relative of hers. He acquired land (Hog Island) near Hellegat, 1651; and 26 morgens at Long Island, 1656. He had a family."Fyhn," "Fyen," "Fine" are names not infrequently met with in Danish and Norwegian genealogy. It is therefore not necessary to connect "Vynen" with the place-name in Denmark. However, as Guillaume Vigne, who had immigrated from Valeneiennes, France, had two daughters called Christine (wife of Direk Holgersen) and Rachel, it is possible that "Vynen" or "Fyn" is a corruption of "Vigne." In that case these names are French.*