The oldest ancester known was Aert Heijmansz which means Aert son of Heijman. W hen it was decided that people had to take on a surname to distinguish them from people with the same name although not related, the famil y took on the name Droogendijck because they lived there. Droogendijk means dry dike.
Later the son of Jacob Teunisz Droogendijck and Lijntje Pieters Vinck called Cornelis Jacobsz. Droogendijck (maried to Geertje Jansdr. Groenevelt) took on the name Stedehouder which changed during the generation to Stehouwer.
The Stehouwer family is very big and spread out all over the world.
Why he changed his name from Droogendijck to Stedehouder is not known He had an uncle Cornelis Aert Heijmans who was stedehouder of a place called Hendrik Ido Ambacht. A stedehouder used to be an important pos ition in the local government. Nowadays we would call him vice-mayor or something like that. This uncle had no children and your ancestor Jacob Teunisz Droogendijck was one of the heirs. He sold the house his uncle used to live in a bout the time that Cornelis Jacobsz was born and it is thought that his son was named after his uncle. (Piet Ouwens)Son of Heijman (see 15744).