Is 'De huijer' a place in Holland?

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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. 

in Genealogy Help by Chris Hampson G2G6 Pilot (105k points)
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I'm Dutch, but have never heard of a place named de Huijer.

You could try http://www.histopo.nl/ a search engine for historic place names in the Netherlands.

It finds nothing for de Huijer, but if you leave out de it suggests Hojer, a place in Denmark.

by Joke van Veenendaal G2G6 Mach 3 (38.0k points)
selected by Jan Terink
I've done a little more research and it seems that a lot of the soldiers employed by the VOC came from other countries, so Denmark is not out of the question.
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Wrote a friend in Holland,will see what he says.

 

Wayne Morgan 5487 Wiki Tree
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (917k points)
Thanks!

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