Apart from these, the name Nederlands received since 1551 strong competition from the name Nederduits (literally "Low Dutch", i.e. It is a calque of the before mentioned Roman province Germania Inferior.
Early grammarians linked the name of the Dutch language to the Romans, in an attempt to give it more prestige.
In both Belgium and the Netherlands, the native official name for Dutch is Nederlands, and its dialects have their own names, e.g.
Hollands ("Hollandic"), West-Vlaams ("West Flemish"), Brabants ("Brabantian").
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