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Wat is beter: "de Nederlandse naam gaf ik mezelf" of "de Nederlandse naam ik gaf mezelf"?
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    For regular sentences, I'd prefer something different: "Ik gaf mezelf de Nederlandse naam ..."

    But the right order would be "de Nederlandse naam gaf ik mezelf".

    Typically, the word order of subject and primary verb is dependent upon whether there's anything in front of the subject and primary verb. In this case, the object ("de Nederlandse naam") is in front, but it could also be because there's a determinant of time or place in front. "Toen gaf ik mij een Nederlandse naam". (now, "Toen" is in front) "Daar zag ik haar staan."

    Putting the object in front of the sentence is mostly done for stylistic reasons, and mainly because you're referencing something you've mentioned before, and you want to continue talking about it.
    "In Nederland stond ik bekend als 'Jan'. (or just as good: "Ik stond in Nederland bekend als Jan"). Die naam had ik mezelf gegeven omdat die makkelijker was uit te spreken voor Nederlanders."
    "Op tafel zag ik een kookboek liggen. Dat boek had ik haar gegeven omdat ik wist dat ze erg van koken hield."

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