About 5 km northeast of Heerlen in the village of Hoensbroek, where three creeks flow into each other - the Geleen Creek, the Molen Creek and the Auvermoer Creek - lies a castle known locally as ‘Gebrookhoes’. Similarly, the village was originally called ‘Gebrook, Gebroek, Ingenbrouck’, in accordance with its location in the ‘broek‘, a Dutch word for marshland, as the village is situated in the meadows adjacent to the three creeks. Long after the House of Hoen had acquired the manorial rights for ‘Gebrook’, which until 1388 belonged to Heerlen, this area - this 'broek' belonging to the Hoens - was given the name ‘Hoensbroek’. Similarly, the House of Hoen, residing in ‘Gebrookhoes’, referred to itself as ‘Hoen zu Broeck’, i.e. from Hoensbroeck, in order to differentiate itself from other branches of the family.