The White Stork is the Symbol of The Hague. They still don't know why this symbol was chosen for the city. But the word "ooievaar" or "odevare" means: good-luck charm. The official name of The Hauge is Gravenhage, that means the small forest of the counts of Holland. Around 1275 's Gravenhage became a separate village. Storks were very common in the village and were well taken care off. Already in 1352-54 the village register mentioned costs for making nests for the local storks. Through the years they were always allowed to nest in the village. Sometimes an official 'keeper of the storks' was even appointed.