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Penjum (The Netherlands)

Wûnseradiel municipality, Fryslân province

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[Penjum village flag] Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net
adopted 19 Apr 1955; design: Kl. Sierksma

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Penjum village

Penjum (say: Pijum, Dutch: Pingjum) is a village in Wûnseradiel municipality in the province of Fryslân.
Flag: blue bordered yellow; at the hoist the narrowed municipal flag.
adopted 1955; design: Kl. Sierksma.
Arms: azure bordered or a fleur-de-lis of the same.
The fleur-de-lis is derived from from the Hiddema family, who had a stins (fortified house) in Penjum.
Penjum is a village with c. 600 inhabitants with 3 churches. It is an old settlement, on land enclosed by a dike in ancient times; on the "terp" old Germanic, Roman and Carolingian remains have been found.

Nickname: "Beanhulen" - pea-wrap, Penjumers were so poor that they had to eat that.
"Moudekrûpers" - dustcrawlers
"Ulefellen" - sweets - refers to lack of energy of the Penjumers ("suertsjes"). The Society for Village Interests has done extensive research, but was not able to find the exact meaning of this nickname; the Penjumer Kindergarten therefore was baptized "De Ulefeltsjes".
"Âlde jongens" - bachelors - The Penjumers were too afraid to ask girls, the "suertsjes".

Source: It Beaken, jrg. xxxi, # 3-4, Dec 1969
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958
Groot Schimpnamenboek van Nederland, by Dirk van der Heide, 1998
Jarig Bakker, 12 Apr 2005


Penjum Coat of Arms

[Penjum Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 12 Apr 2005