The village of Blaricum has a web site. It is written in Dutch.
The following is a translation made by Bernard VanBlaricum expressly for us.

The History of Blaricum

The area of the municipality of Blaricum is 1559 hectares and it is situated in the south easterly part of the province of North Holland well known as "het Gooi". The municipalities of Huizen, Naarden, Bussum and Hilversum also belong to this area. The municipality of Blaricum originated from a free settlement, consisting of a hundred or so humble dwellings. In 1388 Blaricum was still a simple neighbourhood without it's own village committee. The existence of medieval "Gooiland" consisted fore mostly of farming, with cattle on common pastures, running of sheep on the moors, grass cakes for cattle kept in stables and likewise sowing and reaping of the small fields. For many centuries agrarian production was the most important existence in the Gooise villages. Blaricum grew into a nice village. To retain all this beauty, the heart of Blaricum was declared as protected within the meaning of the Law of Monuments in 1967. Around 1875 the discovery of Gooi started with Blaricum, through which the evolution of the society totally changed. The way of life for non-Blaricummers was different to those of the original population. Around Blaricum in many places the moors and narrows changed into delightful villa construction. The earliest drastic changes to the social structure date from 1973. The building up of the Oostermeent decreased the number of farms.

The Coat of Arms of Blaricum

Several municipal Coats of Arms in "het Gooi" are a reminder of it's agrarian past. Included in the coat of arms of Huizen is a Milkmaid. In the one of Hilversum and Bussum is buckwheat, whereas Blaricum carries in her coat of arms three blue cornflowers on a silver field. At first Blaricum did not carry a coat of arms, because there was talk of the village being added to Laren. However at the inauguration of Queen Emma they had to have a coat of arms. The only coat of arms that was known for Blaricum was a coat of arms with three corn flowers. It was because it was already named by Van Ollefen and also by Van der Aa. The origin of the coat of arms is not known. The coat of arms of Blaricum was authorised by the crown to the municipality on 14 April 1897. The formal description of the coat of arms of Blaricum: "In silver, a pulled out corn flower plant with three flowers of lazuur (violet-blue), the stem and a root of sinopel".

The name Blaricum

The name could be explained by the combination of the personal name Blaheri with the addition of "inga" with the word "heem" (dwelling-place). The geographical dictionaries, such as "Van der Aa" also give the names Blaercom, Blarikom and Blaren to indicate the village. In 1381/82 Blaricum appears again in the archives: of Hilversum, of Bladerikem and of Husen. In that year the church is mentioned for the first time, as a "daughter church' of Laren, with which it formed a "church game". Although the administration of justice for Laren and Blaricum occurred at the same time, Blaricum already had it's own village administration for committee matters, the so called mayors. The age of the place still remains ambiguous. The districts of Crailoo and Bijvanck form parts of the municipality of Blaricum. The name Crailoo most probably means Kraaienbos (crows forest or wood). It was the name of an already existing property with a liberal 50 hectares of land. This property was acquired on 16 June 1628 by Kilian van Rensselaar, a rich salesman from Amsterdam, who subsequently made it a country-seat. The name Bijvanck means separated terrain; in the countryside also refereed to as "reserved territory". The district of Bijvanck is realised on the the former area of Oostermeent in Blaricum. The word "meent" means communal pasture area and is related to the institute of "erf gooiers" ( farmyard throwers). The "erf gooiers" at that time amalgamated themselves into the Union Stad and Lande (Union City and Land), which owned all these communal pasture areas in the Gooi and gave all it's members use thereof.


Herewith a translation of a glossary (sent to Bernard van Blaricum by the Municipality of Blaricum) of some of the terminology used in the "History of Blaricum".

Erfgooiers = Original inhabitants of "het Gooi", who had the rights to use the pastures and run cattle within that area. These rights were inherited from their fathers upon reaching 18 years of age.

Vereniging Stad en Lande
= Union of all the "erfgooiers" who lived in "het Gooi". This union was disbanded in 1976 after having been in existence for more than 1000 years.

Plaggen steken = digging of heath, sods of grass/peat used to fertilize and improve the soil. Also used as a cheap fuel.

Lazuur = Blue color.

Sinopel = Green color.

Brinkdorp = a village that has a "brink" (village square) usually with a church and trees.

Dochterkerk = Daughter church. A church that came forth out of an other one.

Kerspel (not kerkspel) = Roman Catholic municipal parish.

Hofstede = Farm

Revised: June 03, 2000