Van Leeuwenhoek
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Surname VAN LEEUWENHOEK
SOURCE: Location
USAGE: Dutch
Meaning & History
Literally means "from lion's corner". The first bearer of this name lived on the corner (hoek in Dutch) of the Lion's Gate (Leeuwenpoort in Dutch) in the city of Delft (in the province of Zuid-Holland), which eventually resulted in Leeuwenhoek as a surname. A famous bearer of this surname is Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723), a pioneer in the field of microscopy.