This is the website of the Dutilh Family Foundation

The Dutilh family originates from Aquitaine, the French Region located in the South West of the country, in particular from places like Bearn and Orthez. Until to date this is the region where most Dutilh’s are living.

The Dutch Dutilh family descends from Clairac, the city which its ancestors left in around 1700. At present around ninety descendants live around the world, but most of them still live in The Netherlands, with a large number in both Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

In 1962 the Dutch family established the Dutilh Family Foundation, with three main objectives:

  1. Maintain and support the interaction between members of the family
  2. Stimulate collection and preservation of family heritage
  3. Create a better understanding of the family history

This website is one of the tools to achieve those objectives.


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This edition is also available as an English translation.

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Dutilh descendants meet in Philadelphia

Between 25 and 27 July 2014, 25 descendants of Eitenne Dutilh (1751-1810) and his brother Jean (1756-1804) gathered in Philadelphia, the city where Etienne and Jean arrived in 1783 coming from Clairac in France. Also present were 6 descendants of Jacques Dutilh (1692-1746), uncle of Etienne and Jean who left Clairac in 1718 to start a life as wine merchant in Rotterdam.

For the occasion a special issue of the Dutilhities magazine has been issued (Volume 46, issue 2).

Dutilh descendants unite in Philadelphia

Descendants of Etienne Dutilh (1751-1810) and his brother Jean (1756-1804), gathered in Philadelphia between July 25 and 27 2014. Also present were members of the Dutilh-family in the Netherlands, which descends from Jacques Dutilh (1692-1746), uncle of Etienne and Jean, who moved in 1718 to Rotterdam from Clairac. A report on this event will be published in the next issue of Dutilhiteiten, which will appear on January 1st 2015.

A special issue of the Dutilhities was issued for the occasion of the gathering. A copy of that document can be viewed.


Video-message by Hendrik Dutilh

Hendrik Dutilh, born in Izmir (Turkey) in 1929, is the eldest living male Dutilh, descending from the Clairac Dutilh-family. He still lives in Izmir, where he has been running various businesses in the field of shipping and tourism, first together with his father Ernest Dutilh and, after his death in 1965, together with his younger brother Karel Dutilh. Like his father, Hendrik has been consul for the Netherlands in Izmir, between 1960 and 1995. Karel held that position between 1995 and 2013, the year in which he died during his holiday in France. In 2000 the Dutilh brothers sold their enterprise, Dutilh shipping and tourism Ltd, to continue their operations on a smaller scale as Dutilh shipping and tourism İNC. That company was sold in 2012.

For the occasion of the family-gathering in Clairac, Hendrik has prepared a video in which he thanks the mayor of Clairac and his fellow citizens for their hospitality and for their warm welcome to the family-members.

Hendrik memorizes Pierre Dutilh and his nephew Jacques, who left Clairac in 1692 and 1717 respectively for Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Jean Jacques Dutilh, grandson of Pierre and born in Amsterdam in 1762, left that city in 1786 to settle in Smyrna (Turkey). His descendants have been living in Smyrna/Izmir until the present day, with Hendrik being the last living male descendant left. All these Dutilh’s were businessmen, trading with Europe, and in particular with The Netherlands.

Hendrik regrets that due to his age, and because of the long distance between Izmir and Clairac, he cannot be present at the family-reunion.

As the patriarch of the family, he wishes all participants a wonderful event.

Featured Portrait

Maria Catharine Dutilh-Carlen (1715-1776). More portraits in the Portrait Gallery.