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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
Variant of VACEK.
VADAS     Hungarian
From vad meaning "wild animal".
VÃDUVA     Romanian
From Romanian vãduvã meaning "widow".
VALDEZ     Spanish
Means "son of BALDO".
VALENCIA     Spanish
From the name of the Spanish city, which is related to the given name VALENCIA.
VALENTA     Czech
Derived from the given name VALENTIN.
VALENTI     Italian
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.
VALENTINI     Italian
Derived from the given name 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.
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. 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 AGTHOVEN     Dutch
Variant of ACHTHOVEN.
VAN ALLER     Dutch
Means "from Aller", a river in Germany.
VAN ALPHEN     Dutch
Means "from Alphen", a town in the Netherlands.
VAN ALST     Dutch
Means "from Aalst", a town in the Netherlands, which is believed to be from Germanic alhust meaning "living place".
VAN ALTENA     Dutch
Variant of ALTENA.
VAN ALTHUIS     Dutch
Means "from the old house".
VAN AMELSVOORT     Dutch
Means "from Amersfoort", a city in the Netherlands.
VAN AMSTEL     Dutch
Means "from Amstel", a river in the Netherlands.
VAN ANDEL     Dutch
Means "from Andel", a town in the Netherlands.
VAN ANKEREN     Dutch
Means "from Ankeren", a place name in the Netherlands.
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.
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
Indicated a person from Baal or Baarle in the Netherlands.
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 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 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.
VAN CAN     Dutch
Variant of VAN KAN.
VAN CANN     Dutch
Variant of VAN KAN.
VANCE     English
Means "dweller by a fen, marsh" from Old English fenn.
VANCHEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Vancho", Vancho being a diminutive of IVAN.
VANCURA     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 Dalen", a small town in the province of Drente in the Netherlands.
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 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 BEEK     Dutch
Means "from the creek" in Dutch.
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 HOUT     Dutch
Variant of VAN HOUTEN.
VAN DER LAAR     Dutch
Variant of VAN LAAR.
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 VEN     Dutch
Variant of VAN DER VEEN.
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 DE VLIERT     Dutch
Means "from the farm" in Dutch.
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.
VANDROOGENBROECK     Flemish
Means "from the dry marshes" in Dutch. The city of Brussels was built on dry marshes, so this name means "from Brussels".
VANEK     Czech
Derived from Vanek, an archaic diminutive of the given name VÁCLAV.
VANEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Vane", Vane being a diminutive of IVAN.
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 the Finnish word vanha meaning "old".
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 HAUTUM     Dutch
Variant of VAN HOUTEN.
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 HORN     Dutch
Means "from Hoorn", a town in the Netherlands.
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.
VAN KANN     Dutch
Variant of VAN KAN.
VANKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Vanko", Vanko being a diminutive of IVAN.
VAN LAAR     Dutch
Derived from Dutch laar (plural laren), 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 LAREN     Dutch
Variant of VAN LAAR.
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.
VAN MIDDLESWORTH     English, Dutch
Americanized form of VAN MIDDELBURG.
VANN (1)     English
Means "dweller by a fen, marsh" from Old English fenn.
VANN (2)     Dutch, German
Means "dweller by a water (a freshwater lake)" from Middle High German vann.
VAN NIFTERIK     Dutch
Variant of VAN NIFTRIK.
VAN NIFTRIK     Dutch
Means "from Niftrik", a small town in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands.
VAN OGTROP     Dutch
Variant of OGTROP.
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 PEIJ     Dutch
Variant of VAN PEY.
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 ROMPAYE     Dutch, Flemish
Variant of VAN ROMPAEY, slightly influenced by French.
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 ROSSEM     Dutch
Variant of VAN ROSSUM.
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 or rûme "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.
VANTCHEV     Bulgarian
Variant transcription of VANCHEV.
VAN 'T HOUT     Dutch
Variant of VAN HOUTEN.
VAN TONDER     German
Means "from Tønder", a town in Denmark.
VAN VEEN     Dutch
Variant of VAN DER VEEN.
VAN VEENEN     Dutch
Variant of VAN DER VEEN.
VAN WEGBERG     Dutch
Dutch variant of VON WEGBERG.
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".
VAN WILLIGEN     Dutch
Means "from the willows" in Dutch.
VARANO     Italian
Locative surname, derived from one of the many towns of this name in Italy.
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
Topographic name meaning "hut, slope, pastureland" in Spanish and Portuguese dialects.
VARGHA     Hungarian
Form of VARGA.
VARLEY     English
Originally denoted a person from Verly, France.
VARNHAM     English
Variant of FARNHAM.
VARTANIAN     Armenian
Means "son of Vartan" in Armenian. Vartan is a male given name meaning "rose giver".
VAŠEK     Czech
Derived from the given name Vašek, a diminutive for VÁCLAV.
VASILE     Romanian
Derived from the given name VASILE.
VASILESCU     Romanian
Means "son of VASILE".
VASILEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of VASIL".
VASILYEV     Russian
Derived from the given name VASILIY.
VÁSQUEZ     Spanish
Means "son of VASCO".
VASS     Hungarian
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.
VASTAG     Hungarian
Means "bulky, stout" 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 which means "little". It was a descriptive name to distinguish father from son.
VAUGHN     Welsh
Variant of VAUGHAN.
VAVRA     Czech
Derived from the name Vavra, a diminutive of VAVRINEC.
VÁZQUEZ     Spanish
Variant of VÁSQUEZ.
VEGA     Spanish
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 "war".
VELA (2)     Spanish
Means "watchmaker" in Spanish.
VELAZQUEZ     Spanish
Derived from the Spanish given name VELASCO.
VELICHKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of Velichko". Velichko is a Slavic name derived from velik "great".
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
Variant of VENCEL.
VENNER     Dutch
Variant of VAN DER VEEN.
VENTIMIGLIA     Italian
From the name of the historical Italian city Ventimiglia, now near the French border.
VENTURA     Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan
From the Italian given name BONAVENTURA and the Spanish form BUENAVENTURA.
VERBOOM     Dutch
Means "tree" in Dutch.
VERES     Hungarian
Dialectical variant of VÖRÖS.
VERGOOSSEN     Dutch
Means "son of Goswijn". The given name Goswijn is derived from the Germanic elements Gaut meaning "Goth" and win meaning "friend".
VERHOEVEN     Dutch
Derived from ver meaning "from the" and hoeve meaning "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 "dweller by the mill".
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 making it "place of the alders".
VERONA     Italian
From the name of the city of Verona, one of the most important historical cities of northern Italy.
VERONESI     Italian
Variant of VERONA.
VERVERS     Dutch
From the Dutch occupation of verver meaning "painter".
VERVLOET     Flemish
Means "(dweller by a) stream".
VESCOVI     Italian
Derived from Italian vescovo "bishop".
VESELA     Czech
Means "happy" or "cheerful". It is of Moravian origin.
VESELY     Czech
Means "cheerful" in Czech.
VESPA     Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning "wasp".
VESTRI     Italian
From the given name Vestro, a diminutive of SILVESTRO.
VICARIO     Spanish, Italian
Means "a vicar" in Spanish and Italian. Vicar is an ecclesiastic title, usually used to denote a representative of a bishop.
VICO     Italian
From the name of many villages in Italy, their names all derived from Latin vicus "town".
VICTOR     French, English
Derived from the male given name VICTOR.
VICTORE     English (Rare)
Variant of VICTOR.
VICTORS     English, French
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 VITO.
VIGO     Italian
Variant of VICO.
VIKTOROV     Bulgarian
Means "son of VIKTOR".
VILARÓ     Catalan
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.
VILLALOBOS     Spanish
Denoted a person from Villalobos, a city in Spain which derives its name from Spanish villa "town" and lobo "wolf".
VILLANUEVA     Spanish
Means "(dweller in a) new settlement" from Spanish villa "settlement" and nueva "new".
VILLAVERDE     Spanish
Place name meaning "green farm", from villa "farm, settlement" and verde "green".
VILLENEUVE     French
Means "(dweller in a) new settlement" from French ville "settlement" and neuve "new".
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, or from other old compound names that began with Vinci-, such as Vinciguerra, Vinciprova, or Vincimala.
VINCI (2)     Italian
Locative surname from Vinci near Florence, the native village of Leonardo da Vinci.
VINCZE     Hungarian
Patronymic surname, 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, Spanish
From the given name VIOLA.
VIPOND     French, English
Anglicized form of French Vieuxpont "old bridge". It is a place in Calvados (Normandy).
VIRÁG     Hungarian
Means "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. It may also have been used to describe a shy or girlish man or a lecher.
VIRTANEN     Finnish
Derived from Finnish virta meaning "stream".
VISSCHER     Dutch
Means "fisherman" in Dutch.
VITALI     Italian
From the given name VITALE.
VITERI     Spanish, Basque, Italian
Originally denoted a person from Biteri in the Basque Country.
VIVAS     Catalan
Means "may you live" from the Latin, Catalan and Spanish expression vivas which was bestowed upon children to bring good luck.
VIVES     Catalan, Spanish
Variant of VIVAS.
VLADIMIRESCU     Romanian
Means "son of VLADIMIR".
VLAHOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Patronymic from the nickname vlah meaning "Romanian".
VLASÁK     Czech
Derived from Czech vlas "hair". The name probably referred 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
Means "little wolf" from the Slavic word vlk "wolf".
VOCLAIN     French
Alteration of the name Vauclain, which is a variant of Vauquelin, possibly derived from the Norman-French name Walkelin or Wakelin meaning "wealthy one".
VODENICHAROV     Bulgarian
Patronymic from the Bulgarian word vodenichar "miller".
VOGEL     German
From Middle High German vogel meaning "bird". It was originally a nickname for a happy person.
VOGELS     Dutch
Variant of VOGEL.
VOGT     German
From the Middle High German occupational name voget, vogt, voit meaning "overseer, bailiff, lawyer".
VOGTS     German
Patronymic variant of VOGT.
VOIGT     German
Variant of VOGT.
VOIGTS     German
Patronymic variant of VOGT.
VOLK     German
Derived from given names that began with the Germanic element folk meaning "people".
VOLKOV     Russian
Patronymic from Russian volk "wolf".
VOLL (1)     Norwegian
Means "(dweller by a) meadow", from Old Norse völlr.
VOLL (2)     German
Variant of VOLK.
VOLLAN     Norwegian
From the Old Norse word völlr "meadow", originally given to someone who lived near a farmstead.
VOLTOLINI     Italian
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 ESSEN     German
Means "from Essen", a city in Germany.
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".
VON INGERSLEBEN     German
Originally indicated a person from Ingersleben, Germany, which means "INGE's village".
VONNEGUT     German
Possibly means "(dweller by the) good hunting track" from the Germanic vonn "hunting track" and gut "good".
VON WEGBERG     German
Means "from Wegberg", a small town in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany, close to the border of the Netherlands.
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     Low 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
Dutch form of FROMM.
VROOMEN     Dutch, Flemish
Dutch form of FROMM.
VRUBEL     Czech
From the Czech word vrabec "sparrow" which in the Silesian dialect was transformed into the form Vrubel.
VUKOJA     Croatian
Derived from the given name VUK.
VUKOVIĆ     Serbian, Croatian
Derived from the given name VUK.
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