That's good sleuthing, Stan - but the names Geertje and Grietje are NOT interchangeable. The Grietje Dircks in New Amsterdam would have been baptized Margrietje...and for the life of me, despite countless efforts, I have FAILED to determine what given name "Geertje/Geertie" stems from.
Since a number of grand-daughters and great grand-daughters were named Gerebrechje, with various spellings - no two alike - I've been inclined to think perhaps Geertje was short for Gerebrechje. But I have found no one to either repudiate or confirm said conjecture...<sigh>
If you choose to follow up with your conjecture, I suggest you
You can search the Dutch-Colonies archives for "Dirckse" (in the subject line) and come up with about 46 entries posted by some VERY intelligent folks.
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