Means "cow" in Italian, originally denoting a person who worked with cattle.
Patronymic from the given name Valente
, an archaic form of VALENTINO
. A famous bearer of the surname was Jack Valenti (1921-2007), advisor of American President Lyndon Johnson.
VAN AALSBURG Dutch
Means "from Aalsburg", which is possibly Adelsburg
, composed of adal
"noble" and burg
VAN AGGELEN Dutch
Denoted someone from Aggelen. The place Aggelen could be Achel in the Belgian province Limburg or Echel in the Dutch province Limburg.
VAN AGTEREN Dutch
Means "from behind", probably referring to a place behind something, like a church or other building or a place at the end of the road.
VAN ALST Dutch
Means "from Aalst", a town in the Netherlands, which is believed to be from Germanic alhust
meaning "living place".
VAN AS Dutch
Means "from Asch", a town in the Netherlands.
VAN ASSEN Dutch
Means "from Assen", a city in the Netherlands, which is possibly from essen
meaning "ash trees".
VAN BOKHOVEN Dutch
Means "from Bokhoven", a small town in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands.
VAN BREDA Dutch
Means "from Breda", a city in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. Breda
is derived from the elements breed
meaning "wide" and Aa
, the name of a river.
VAN BUGGENUM Dutch
Means "from Buggenum", a small town in the middle of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
VAN BUREN Dutch
Means "from Buren", a small town near the coast of Ameland, one of the small islands in the north of the Netherlands. Buren is also the name of a small city in the Dutch province Gelderland. The former countess Anna van Buren married William of Orange, the founder of the Dutch royal family. The current family still uses the title Count of Buren. A famous bearer of this surname was Martin van Buren (1782-1862), the eighth President of the United States.
Means "dweller by a fen, marsh" from Old English fenn
VAN DALEN Dutch
Means "from Dalen", a small town in the province of Drente in the Netherlands.
VAN DENEND Dutch
From Dutch van
meaning "from" and denend
meaning "the end". This means the family originated at the end of something, most likely a road.
VAN DER AART Dutch
Means "from the earth", perhaps referring to an earth bank or a farmer.
VAN DER BERG Dutch
Means "from the mountain" in Dutch, van
meaning "from", der
meaning "the", and berg
meaning "mountain". In the Dutch case, since it is a very flat country, it may refer to a hill. Usually the land a church was built upon was a bit higher than the surrounding land.
VAN DER STOEP Dutch
Means "from the stoep (a slope up to a dike)". The name belonged to people living near such an entrance.
VAN DER VEEN Dutch
Means "from the peat". It indicates that the first bearers resided in a peat district or fen colony. The Dutch word for peat, veen
, comes from Old German fanja
, which means "swampy lake".
VAN DER ZEE Dutch
Means "from the sea". The original bearer may have been someone who lived on the coast. Alternatively, it could be that the first bearer was a sailor who spent most of his days on the sea.
VAN DONK Dutch
Means "from the hill" in Dutch, donk
being the Old Dutch word for "hill", so the original bearer lived on a hill.
Means "from the dry marshes" in Dutch. The city of Brussels was built on dry marshes, so this name means "from Brussels".
VAN HASSEL Dutch
Means "from Hassel", a town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It may mean "place where hazel trees grow" from the Germanic hasel, hassel
VAN HEEL Dutch
Means "from Heel", a small town in the middle of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
VAN HERTEN Dutch
Means "from Herten", a small town in the middle of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands. It comes from the word herten
, which is the plural form of hert
, the Dutch word for "deer".
VAN HOFWEGEN Dutch
Means "from Hofwegen", a town in the province of South Holland in the Netherlands. The town is now part of the municipality of Molenwaard.
VAN KAN Dutch
Means "from Kanne", a town in the province of Limburg in Belgium.
VAN LAAR Dutch
Derived from Dutch laar
), which is an open spot in the forest. They were used quite intensively by people in the past, for grazing cattle amongst other uses. These laren
were often found on sloping grounds, often in the neighbourhood of brooks.
VAN LEEUWENHOEK Dutch
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.
VAN MIDDELBURG Dutch
Originally denoted someone from various places called Middelburg in the Netherlands.
VANN (2) Dutch, German
Means "dweller by a water (a freshwater lake)" from Middle High German vann
VAN NIFTRIK Dutch
Means "from Niftrik", a small town in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands.
VAN OIRSCHOT Dutch
Means "from Oirschot", a small town in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands.
VAN OPHOVEN Dutch
Means "from Ophoven", a small town in the middle of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
VAN PEY Dutch
Means "from Pey", a small town in the middle of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands. The name Pey comes from the French verb payer
, which means "to pay".
VAN ROMPUY Dutch, Flemish
Variant of VAN RUMPADE
. A well-known bearer of this surname is the Flemish politician Herman Van Rompuy (1947-), a Prime Minister of Belgium.
VAN ROSSUM Dutch
Means "from Rossum", a town in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands which has now been merged into the municipality of Maasdriel. Rossum is mentioned as Rotheheim
in a 9th-century document. The name Rotheheim is derived from rothe
, which indicated a place where forest is cleared, and heim
, which means "place of residence".
VAN RUMPADE Dutch (Archaic)
Means "from Rumpade", a place in the Netherlands. It means "wide path", derived from Middle Dutch ruum
"wide, spacious" combined with pat
"path". This surname no longer exists in this spelling today.
VAN SCHOORL Dutch
Means "of Schoorl", a small town in the province of Noord-Holland in the Netherlands.
VAN WIEREN Frisian, Dutch
Means "from Wieren". It originated in Friesland and other parts of the Netherlands. Wieren, the name of several towns, means "seaweed".
Locative surname, derived from one of the many towns of this name in Italy.
Derived from Spanish vara
"stick". It may have originally been given to one who used a stick in his line of work, for example an animal herder.
Means "son of Vartan" in Armenian. Vartan
is a male given name meaning "rose giver".
Derived from the old Hungarian term vass
meaning "iron", referring to a worker in iron, a miner of iron core or a vendor of goods so manufactured. Alternatively, from the same root word, it may have been a nickname referring to distinctively strong constitution.
From Welsh bychan
which means "little". It was a descriptive name to distinguish father from son.
Means "(dweller in a) meadow", from Spanish vega
VELA (1) Spanish
Derived from a medieval given name Vela
, a reduced form of the Germanic name Vigila
, which was derived from the element wig
Means "son of Velichko". Velichko
is a Slavic name derived from velik
Means "Russian" in Finnish. This name was originally used by the ethnic Finns who lived on the Russian side of the border.
From the name of the historical Italian city Ventimiglia, now near the French border.
Means "son of Goswijn". The given name Goswijn
is derived from the Germanic elements Gaut
meaning "Goth" and win
Derived from ver
meaning "from the" and hoeve
meaning "farm", and so indicated a person who lived on a farm.
From a nickname meaning "truth", perhaps given originally to a truthful person.
Locational name in the Eure region of Normandy, from the Gaulish element vern
"alder (tree)" with the genitive case maker -onis
making it "place of the alders".
From the name of the city of Verona, one of the most important historical cities of northern Italy.
From the Dutch occupation of verver
Means "happy" or "cheerful". It is of Moravian origin.
VICARIO Spanish, Italian
Means "a vicar" in Spanish and Italian. Vicar
is an ecclesiastic title, usually used to denote a representative of a bishop.
From the name of many villages in Italy, their names all derived from Latin vicus
From the province of Catalonia in Spain, and means "little rustic cabin". The name is thought to have been originally from France and was changed from the 13th century Vilaroux
into the Catalan Vilaro
VILLA Italian, Spanish
Means "town" in Italian and Spanish. It was originally given to a person who came from a town, as opposed to the countryside.
Denoted a person from Villalobos, a city in Spain which derives its name from Spanish villa
"town" and lobo
Means "(dweller in a) new settlement" from Spanish villa
"settlement" and nueva
Place name meaning "green farm", from villa
"farm, settlement" and verde
Means "(dweller in a) new settlement" from French ville
"settlement" and neuve
VINCENT (2) Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mac Dhuibhinse
meaning "son Duibhinse", a given name meaning "black island".
VINCI (1) Italian
From the given name VINCENTE
, or from other old compound names that began with Vinci-
, such as Vinciguerra
, or Vincimala
VINCI (2) Italian
Locative surname from Vinci near Florence, the native village of Leonardo da Vinci.
Means "vineyard" in Russian (ultimately from German), referring to a person who worked at a vineyard or lived near one.
VIPOND French, English
Anglicized form of French Vieuxpont
"old bridge". It is a place in Calvados (Normandy).
Possibly from Latin virgo
"virgin, maiden". It may have been a nickname for an actor who played the Virgin Mary in mystery plays. It may also have been used to describe a shy or girlish man or a lecher.
Means "may you live" from the Latin, Catalan and Spanish expression vivas
which was bestowed upon children to bring good luck.
Derived from Czech vlas
"hair". The name probably referred to a barber or a person who bought and sold hair.
Patronymic from the nickname vlah
Means "little wolf" from the Slavic word vlk
Alteration of the name Vauclain
, which is a variant of Vauquelin
, possibly derived from the Norman-French name Walkelin
meaning "wealthy one".
From Middle High German vogel
meaning "bird". It was originally a nickname for a happy person.
From the Middle High German occupational name voget, vogt, voit
meaning "overseer, bailiff, lawyer".
Derived from given names that began with the Germanic element folk
From the Old Norse word völlr
"meadow", originally given to someone who lived near a farmstead.
From the important alpine valley of Lombardy called Valtellina, near Lake Como. In fact the old name for the inhabitants of this valley was Voltolino
VON BRANDT German
Means "from the area cleared by fire" from Middle High German brant
VON GRIMMELSHAUSEN German
Means "from Grimmel's houses", from von
meaning "from", Grimmel
, a name or place, alternatively a word of uncertain meaning, and hausen
, the plural of the word for "house".
Possibly means "(dweller by the) good hunting track" from the Germanic vonn
"hunting track" and gut
VON WEGBERG German
Means "from Wegberg", a small town in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany, close to the border of the Netherlands.
Means "red" in Hungarian, referring to a person with red hair or face.
VOSS Low German
From Middle Low German vos
meaning "fox". It was originally a nickname for a clever person or a person with red hair.
From the given name Vos
, which comes from the Frisian name Fos
, which is from Old Germanic given names beginning with the element folk
From the Czech word vrabec
"sparrow" which in the Silesian dialect was transformed into the form Vrubel