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VACCA     Italian
Means "cow" in Italian, originally denoting a person who worked with cattle.
VACCARO     Italian
Occupational name meaning "cowherd" in Italian.
VACEK     Czech
Derived from the given name VÁCLAV.
VACÍK     Czech
Derived from the given name VÁCLAV.
VADAS     Hungarian
From Hungarian vad meaning "wild", either a nickname or an occupational name for a hunter of wild game.
VĂDUVA     Romanian
From Romanian văduvă meaning "widow".
VALDEZ     Spanish
Means "son of BALDO".
VALENCIA     Spanish
From the name of the Spanish city of VALENCIA.
VALENTA     Czech
Derived from the given name VALENTIN.
VALENTI     Italian
Patronymic from the given name Valente, an Italian form of VALENS. A famous bearer of the surname was Jack Valenti (1921-2007), advisor to American president Lyndon Johnson.
VALENTINI     Italian
Means "son of VALENTINO".
VALENTINOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of VALENTIN".
VALERIEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of VALERI".
VALERIO     Italian
From the given name VALERIO.
VÁMOS     Hungarian
Means "customs officer" in Hungarian, a derivative of vám "customs".
VĂN     Vietnamese
Vietnamese form of WEN, from Sino-Vietnamese (văn).
VAN AALSBURG     Dutch
Means "from Aalsburg", which is possibly Adelsburg, composed of adal "noble" and burg "fortress".
VAN AALST     Dutch
Variant of VAN ALST.
VAN AARLE     Dutch
Variant of AARLE.
VAN ACHTEREN     Dutch
Variant of VAN AGTEREN.
VAN ACHTHOVEN     Dutch
Variant of ACHTHOVEN.
VAN ADRICHEM     Dutch
Variant of ADRICHEM.
VAN AGGELEN     Dutch
Denoted someone from Aggelen, which could refer to Achel in the Belgian province of Limburg or Egchel in the Dutch province of Limburg.
VAN AGTEREN     Dutch
Means "from behind", probably referring to a place behind something, such as a building or a place at the end of the road.
VAN AGTHOVEN     Dutch
Variant of ACHTHOVEN.
VAN ALLER     Dutch
Means "from the Aller", a river in Germany, of uncertain meaning.
VAN ALPHEN     Dutch
Means "from Alphen", a town in the Netherlands. It is derived from the name of the Roman fort Albaniana, itself from Latin albus "white".
VAN ALST     Dutch
Means "from Aalst", a town in the Netherlands, which is possibly from Germanic alhust meaning "living place".
VAN ALTENA     Dutch
Variant of ALTENA.
VAN ALTHUIS     Dutch
Dutch cognate of ALTHAUS.
VAN AMELSVOORT     Dutch
Means "from Amersfoort", a city in the Netherlands. It means "ford of the Amer (Eem) River" in Dutch.
VAN AMSTEL     Dutch
Means "from Amstel", a Dutch river which means "water area".
VAN ANDEL     Dutch
Means "from Andel", a town in the Netherlands, possibly meaning "upper forest" in Old Dutch.
VAN ANKEREN     Dutch
Means "from the anchor" in Dutch.
VAN ANTWERP     Dutch
Means "from ANTWERP", a city in Belgium.
VAN APELDOORN     Dutch
Variant of APELDOORN.
VAN ARENDONK     Dutch
Variant of ARENDONK.
VAN AS     Dutch
Means "from Asch", a town in the Netherlands, meaning "ash tree".
VAN ASCH     Dutch
Variant of VAN AS.
VAN ASSEN     Dutch
Means "from Assen", a city in the Netherlands, which is possibly from essen meaning "ash trees".
VAN BAARLE     Dutch
Meams "from Baarle", a town in both the Netherlands and Belgium.
VAN BOKHOVEN     Dutch
Means "from Bokhoven", a small town in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. It means "goat yards" in Dutch.
VAN BREDA     Dutch
Means "from Breda", a city in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. It is derived from Dutch breed meaning "wide" and Aa, the name of a river.
VAN BUEREN     Dutch
Variant of VAN BUREN.
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 on the island of Ameland in the north of the Netherlands, as well as a small city in the Dutch province Gelderland. The place names derive from Old Dutch bur meaning "house, dwelling". In the 16th century the countess Anna van Buren married William of Orange, the founder of the Dutch royal family. A famous bearer of this surname was Martin van Buren (1782-1862), the eighth President of the United States.
VAN CAN     Dutch
Variant of VAN KAN.
VAN CANN     Dutch
Variant of VAN KAN.
VANCE     English
Indicated a dweller by a fen, from Old English fenn meaning "fen, marsh".
VANCHEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of VANCHO" in Bulgarian.
VANČURA     Czech
Derived from the given name VÁCLAV.
VAN DAAL     Dutch
Variant of VAN DALEN.
VAN DAALEN     Dutch
Variant of VAN DALEN.
VAN DAEL     Dutch
Variant of VAN DALEN.
VAN DAELE     Dutch
Variant of VAN DALEN.
VAN DALE     Dutch
Variant of VAN DALEN.
VANDALE     Dutch
Variant of VAN DALEN.
VAN DALEN     Dutch
Means "from the valley", from Old Dutch dal meaning "valley".
VAN DE LAAR     Dutch
Variant of VAN LAAR.
VAN DEN AKKER     Dutch
Means "from the field" in Dutch.
VAN DEN ANDEL     Dutch
Variant of VAN ANDEL.
VAN DER AART     Dutch
Means "from the earth", derived from Dutch aarde "earth". It perhaps referred to either an earth bank or to a farmer.
VAN DER BEEK     Dutch
Means "from the creek" in Dutch.
VAN DER BERG     Dutch
Means "from the mountain" , derived from Dutch berg meaning "mountain".
VAN DER HOUT     Dutch
Variant of VAN HOUTEN.
VAN DER LAAR     Dutch
Variant of VAN LAAR.
VAN DER STOEP     Dutch
Means "from the paved entrance", from Dutch stoep meaning "paved porch at the entrance to a house".
VAN DER VEEN     Dutch
Means "from the swamp, from the peat", from Dutch veen "fen, swamp, peat". It originally indicated a person who resided in a peat district or fen colony.
VAN DER VEN     Dutch
Variant of VAN DER VEEN.
VAN DER ZEE     Dutch
Means "from the sea" in Dutch. The original bearer may have been someone who lived on the coast.
VAN DE VLIERT     Dutch
Means "from the elderberry" in Dutch.
VAN DONK     Dutch
Means "from the hill", derived from Dutch donk meaning "(sandy) hill".
VANDROOGENBROECK     Flemish
Means "from the dry marsh" in Dutch. The city of Brussels was built on dry marshes.
VANĚK     Czech
From an archaic diminutive of the given name VÁCLAV.
VANEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Ivan" in Bulgarian.
VÅNG     Swedish
Swedish variant of WANG (3).
VANG (1)     Norwegian, Danish
Variant of WANG (3).
VANG (2)     Yiddish
Variant of WANG (4).
VANHANEN     Finnish
From Finnish vanha meaning "old".
VAN HASSEL     Dutch
Means "from Hassel", a town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It may be derived from Germanic hasel meaning "hazel tree".
VAN HAUTUM     Dutch
Variant of VAN HOUTEN.
VAN HEEL     Dutch
Means "from Heel", a small town in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
VAN HERTEN     Dutch
Means "from Herten", a small town in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands. The town's name comes from Dutch herten, the plural of hert meaning "deer".
VAN HOFWEGEN     Dutch
Means "from Hofwegen", a town in the province of South Holland in the Netherlands, itself derived from Dutch hof "garden, courtyard" and weg "way, path, road".
VAN HOORN     Dutch
Dutch form of HORN.
VAN HORN     Dutch
Dutch form of HORN.
VAN HOUT     Dutch
Variant of VAN HOUTEN.
VAN HOUTE     Dutch
Variant of VAN HOUTEN.
VAN HOUTEM     Dutch
Variant of VAN HOUTEN.
VAN HOUTEN     Dutch
Means "from forests", derived from Dutch hout "forest".
VAN HOUTTUM     Dutch
Variant of VAN HOUTEN.
VAN HOUTUM     Dutch
Variant of VAN HOUTEN.
VAN KAN     Dutch
Means "from Kanne", a town in the province of Limburg in Belgium. The meaning of the town's name is unknown.
VAN KANN     Dutch
Variant of VAN KAN.
VANKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Ivan" in Bulgarian.
VAN LAAR     Dutch
Derived from Dutch laar (plural laren), which means "open spot in the forest". These areas were used to graze cattle for example.
VAN LAREN     Dutch
Variant of VAN LAAR.
VAN LEEUWENHOEK     Dutch
Variant of LEEUWENHOEK. A famous bearer of this surname is Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723), a pioneer in the field of microscopy.
VAN MIDDELBURG     Dutch (Rare)
Means "from Middelburg", the name of a city in Zeeland in the Netherlands, itself meaning "middle fortress" in Dutch.
VANN     English
From Old English fenn meaning "fen, swamp, peat", indicating a person who lived near such a place.
VAN NIFTERIK     Dutch
Variant of VAN NIFTRIK.
VAN NIFTRIK     Dutch
Means "from Niftrik", a town in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands.
VAN OGTROP     Dutch
Variant of OGTROP.
VAN OIRSCHOT     Dutch
Means "from Oirschot", a town in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. It is possibly from Dutch oeros meaning "aurochs" and schoot meaning "projection (of land)".
VAN OPHOVEN     Dutch
Means "from Ophoven", the name of towns in the Netherlands. Their names mean "upper gardens, upper courtyards" in Dutch.
VAN PEIJ     Dutch (Rare)
Variant of VAN PEY.
VAN PEY     Dutch (Rare)
Means "from Pey", a town in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
VAN ROMPAEY     Flemish, Dutch
Means "from the wide path", derived from Middle Dutch ruum "wide, spacious" combined with pat "path".
VAN ROMPUY     Flemish
Variant of VAN ROMPAEY. A well-known bearer of this surname is the Flemish politician Herman Van Rompuy (1947-), a Prime Minister of Belgium.
VAN ROSSEM     Dutch
Variant of VAN ROSSUM.
VAN ROSSUM     Dutch
Means "from Rossum", a town in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands. It is mentioned as Rotheheim in a 9th-century document, and is derived from Dutch rothe "cleared area in a forest" and heim "home".
VAN SCHOORL     Dutch
Variant of SCHOORL.
VANTCHEV     Bulgarian
Variant transcription of VANCHEV.
VAN 'T HOUT     Dutch
Variant of VAN HOUTEN.
VAN TONDER     Dutch
Means "from Tønder", a town in Denmark near the German border.
VAN VEEN     Dutch
Variant of VAN DER VEEN.
VAN VEENEN     Dutch
Variant of VAN DER VEEN.
VAN WEGBERG     Dutch
Means "from Wegberg", a small town in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, close to the Dutch border. It is derived from Old German weg "way, path, road" and berg "mountain".
VAN WIEREN     Frisian, Dutch
Means "from Wieren". This is the name of towns in Frisia and other parts of the Netherlands, which mean "seaweed".
VAN WILLIGEN     Dutch
Means "from the willows", from Old Dutch wilga "willow".
VARANO     Italian
Derived from one of the many towns of this name in Italy.
VARDANYAN     Armenian
Means "son of VARDAN".
VARELA     Spanish
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.
VARGA     Hungarian
Occupational name meaning "cobbler" in Hungarian.
VARGAS     Spanish, Portuguese
Means "hut, slope, pastureland" in Spanish and Portuguese dialects.
VARGHA     Hungarian
Variant of VARGA.
VARLEY     English
Originally denoted a person from Verly, France, itself derived from the Roman name Virilius.
VARNHAM     English
Variant of FARNHAM.
VARTANIAN     Armenian
Variant transcription of VARDANYAN.
VAŠEK     Czech
Derived from the given name VAŠEK.
VASILE     Romanian
Derived from the given name VASILE.
VASILESCU     Romanian
Means "son of VASILE".
VASILEV     Bulgarian, Russian
Means "son of VASIL".
VASILYEV     Russian
Means "son of VASIL".
VÁSQUEZ     Spanish
Means "son of VASCO".
VASS     Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian vas meaning "iron", referring to a worker in iron, a miner of iron ore or a vendor of iron goods. Alternatively, from the same root word, it may have been a nickname referring to one with a distinctively strong constitution.
VASTAG     Hungarian
From a nickname meaning "stout, thick" in Hungarian.
VASTAGH     Hungarian
Variant of VASTAG.
VASYLYK     Ukrainian
Derived from the given name VASYL.
VASYLYSHYN     Ukrainian
Means "son of VASYL".
VAUGHAN     Welsh
From Welsh bychan meaning "little". It was a descriptive name to distinguish father from son.
VAUGHN     Welsh
Variant of VAUGHAN.
VÁVRA     Czech
Derived from the given name Vávra, a diminutive of VAVŘINEC.
VÁZQUEZ     Spanish
Variant of VÁSQUEZ.
VEGA     Spanish
From Spanish vega meaning "meadow, plain", of Basque origin.
VELA     Spanish
Derived from Spanish vela meaning "sail" or the homonym vela meaning "watchful".
VELÁSQUEZ     Spanish
Derived from the given name VELASCO.
VELÁZQUEZ     Spanish
Derived from the given name VELASCO.
VELICHKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of VELICHKO".
VELITCHKOV     Bulgarian
Variant transcription of VELICHKOV.
VEMULAKONDA     Indian, Telugu
Indicated a person from the city of Vemula in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.
VENÄLÄINEN     Finnish
Means "Russian" in Finnish. This name was originally used by the ethnic Finns who lived on the Russian side of the border.
VENCEL     Hungarian
Derived from the given name VENCEL.
VENCZEL     Hungarian
Derived from the given name VENCEL.
VENNER     Dutch
Variant of VAN DER VEEN.
VENTIMIGLIA     Italian
From the name of the historical Italian city Ventimiglia, now near the French border, ultimately from Latin Albintimilium.
VENTURA     Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given names BONAVENTURA (Italian), BUENAVENTURA (Spanish) and BOAVENTURA (Portuguese).
VERBOOM     Dutch
Means "from the tree" in Dutch.
VERES     Hungarian
Dialectical variant of VÖRÖS.
VERGOOSSEN     Dutch
Means "son of GOSWIN".
VERHOEVEN     Dutch
Means "from the farm" in Dutch, derived from hoeve "farm", and so indicated a person who lived on a farm.
VERITY     English
From a nickname meaning "truth", perhaps given originally to a truthful person.
VERMEULEN     Flemish
Means "from the mill" in Dutch.
VERNERSEN     Danish
Means "son of VERNER".
VERNON     English
Locational name in the Eure region of Normandy, from the Gaulish element vern "alder (tree)" with the genitive case maker onis.
VERONA     Italian
From the name of the city of Verona, one of the most important historical cities of northern Italy. The meaning of the city's name is uncertain.
VERONESI     Italian
Variant of VERONA.
VERVERS     Dutch
Occupational name derived from Dutch verver meaning "dyer, painter".
VERVLOET     Flemish
Means "from the stream" in Dutch.
VESCOVI     Italian
Derived from Italian vescovo meaning "bishop".
VESELA     Czech
Moravian Czech variant of VESELÝ.
VESELÝ     Czech
From a nickname meaning "cheerful" in Czech.
VESPA     Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning "wasp".
VESTRI     Italian
From the given name SILVESTRO.
VICARIO     Spanish, Italian
Means "vicar" in Spanish and Italian, an ecclesiastic title used to denote a representative of a bishop. It is derived from Latin vicarius meaning "substitute, deputy".
VICO     Italian
Means "town" in Italian, derived from Latin vicus.
VICTOR     French, English
Derived from the male given name VICTOR.
VICTORS     English
Derived from the given name VICTOR.
VICTORSSON     Swedish
Means "son of VICTOR".
VIDA     Hungarian
From the given name VID.
VIETH     German
From the given name VEIT.
VIGO     Italian
Variant of VICO.
VIKTOROV     Russian, Bulgarian
Means "son of VIKTOR".
VILARÓ     Catalan
Means "hamlet, farm" in Catalan, from Late Latin villare, a derivative of Latin villa.
VILHJÁLMSSON     Icelandic
Means "son of VILHJÁLMUR".
VILLA     Italian, Spanish
Means "town" in Italian and Spanish, from Latin. It was originally given to a person who came from a town, as opposed to the countryside.
VILLALOBOS     Spanish
Denoted a person from the town of Villalobos, Spain, which is derived from Spanish villa "town" and lobo "wolf".
VILLANUEVA     Spanish
Originally denoted someone who came from one of the various Spanish towns by this name, derived from villa "town" and nueva "new".
VILLAVERDE     Spanish
Originally denoted a person from one of the various Spanish towns by this name, derived from villa "farm, settlement" and verde "green".
VILLENEUVE     French
French cognate of VILLANUEVA.
VINCENT (1)     English, French
From the given name VINCENT.
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.
VINCI (2)     Italian
Originally indicated a person from Vinci near Florence, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci.
VINCZE     Hungarian
From the given name VINCE.
VINKOVIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of VINKO".
VINOGRADOV     Russian
Means "vineyard" in Russian (ultimately from German), referring to a person who worked at a vineyard or lived near one.
VINTER     Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Scandinavian variant of WINTER.
VIOLA     Italian
From the given name VIOLA.
VIPOND     English
From Vieux-Pont, the name of various places in Normandy, derived from French vieux "old" and pont "bridge".
VIRÁG     Hungarian
From a nickname meaning "flower" in Hungarian.
VIRGO     English
Possibly from Latin virgo "virgin, maiden". It may have been a nickname for an actor who played the Virgin Mary in mystery plays, or for a shy man or a lecher.
VIRTANEN     Finnish
Derived from Finnish virta meaning "stream".
VISSCHER     Dutch
Occupational name meaning "fisherman" in Dutch.
VITALI     Italian
From the given name VITALE.
VITERI     Spanish, Basque
Meaning uncertain, possibly from a Basque place name.
VIVAS     Catalan
From the Catalan byname vivas meaning "may you live", which was bestowed upon children to bring good luck.
VIVES     Catalan
Variant of VIVAS.
VLADIMIRESCU     Romanian
Means "son of VLADIMIR".
VLAHOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Patronymic from Serbo-Croatian Vlah meaning "Romanian".
VLASÁK     Czech
Derived from Czech vlas "hair", probably referring to a barber or a person who bought and sold hair.
VLAŠIĆ     Croatian
Patronymic from the nickname Vlah meaning "Romanian".
VLAŠIČ     Slovene
Patronymic from the nickname Vlah meaning "Romanian".
VLČEK     Czech
Diminutive form of Czech vlk meaning "wolf".
VOCLAIN     French
From the Old French given name VAUQUELIN.
VODENICHAROV     Bulgarian
Patronymic derived from Bulgarian воденичар (vodenichar) meaning "miller".
VOGEL     German, Dutch
From Old High German and Old Dutch fogal meaning "bird". It was originally an occupational name for a bird catcher, or a nickname for a person who liked to sing.
VOGELS     Dutch
Variant of VOGEL.
VOGT     German
Occupational name from Middle High German voget meaning "bailiff, lawyer", ultimately from Latin advocatus.
VOGTS     German
Patronymic variant of VOGT.
VOIGT     German
Variant of VOGT.
VOIGTS     German
Patronymic variant of VOGT.
VOLK     German
Derived from given names beginning with the Germanic element fulc meaning "people".
VOLKOV     Russian
Patronymic derived from Russian волк (volk) meaning "wolf".
VOLL (1)     Norwegian
Originally indicated a person who lived in a meadow, from Old Norse vǫllr "meadow, field".
VOLL (2)     German
Variant of VOLK.
VOLLAN     Norwegian
Variant of VOLL (1).
VOLTOLINI     Italian
From the name of the alpine valley of Valtellina in Lombardy, northern Italy.
VON BRANDT     German
Means "from the area cleared by fire", from Middle High German brant.
VON ESSEN     German
Means "from Essen", a city in Germany, possibly a derivative of Old High German asc meaning "ash tree".
VON GRIMMELSHAUSEN     German
Means "from Grimmelshausen", a town in Germany. It is itself derived from Grimmel, of uncertain meaning, and hausen meaning "houses". A famous bearer was the German author Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen (1621-1676).
VON INGERSLEBEN     German
Means "from Ingersleben", a town in Germany, which means "INGE's village".
VONNEGUT     German
Possibly from the Germanic vonn meaning "hunting track" and gut meaning "good". A famous bearer was the American author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007).
VORONIN     Russian
Derived from Russian ворона (vorona) meaning "crow".
VÖRÖS     Hungarian
Means "red" in Hungarian, referring to a person with red hair or face.
VOSS     German
From Middle Low German vos meaning "fox". It was originally a nickname for a clever person or a person with red hair.
VOß     German
Variant of VOSS.
VOSSEN     Dutch
From the given name Vos, which comes from the Frisian name Fos, which is from Old Germanic given names beginning with the element folk meaning "people".
VROOM     Dutch, Flemish
From a nickname derived from Dutch vroom meaning "pious, devout".
VROOMEN     Dutch, Flemish
Variant of VROOM.
VRUBEL     Czech
From a nickname derived from Czech vrabec meaning "sparrow".
VUKOJA     Croatian
Derived from the given name VUK.
VUKOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Derived from the given name VUK.
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