I'm looking at the record of a man who served with the Dutch East India Company from 1741. It has his place of origin as 'De huijer', but I haven't been able to find where that might be. Anyone have any suggestions?
Follow up. The Nationaal Archief suggested I contact the Meertens Instituut. They too came up with the family name answer, but also told me it is a profession: "Huijer is the same as Hooier, meaning someone who is making hay". Its use as his place of origin might have to remain a mystery.