High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Since Belgium has three national languages Dutch, French and German Belgian names are similar to those in the neighbouring countries: the Netherlands, France and Germany. THanks to this multiculturalism, Belgium has one of the highest number of surnames in the world (no less than 190,000 at the last count), and certainly the highest per capita ratio, about 1 family name for 53 people. PLace names (regions, towns, villages, hamlets) with a particle meaning "from" (de in French, del in Walloon, or van in Dutch) are the most numerous. AN uncapitalised particle sometimes indicates nobility.