Dutch Surnames

Dutch names are used in the Netherlands and Flanders. See also about Dutch names.
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LANGBROEK     Dutch
From the name of a small town in the province of Utrecht, Holland. In this context lang means "wide" and broek means "meadow". This surname was given to people living in Langbroek.
LAUWENS     Dutch
Means "son of LAWRENCE". It is rather rare in mainly Flanders, Belgium, and often families were either spelled Lauwens or Lauwers (a bit more common) in the Duchy of Flanders and the Duchy of Brabant (14th century and further). These former regions nowadays are part of Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. In some occasions, the name can be found in the former Burgundy, and thus includes the contemporary Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and part of Germany.
LAUWERS     Dutch
Variant of LAUWENS.
LUCAS     English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch
Derived from the given name LUCAS. A famous bearer of this surname is George Lucas (1944-), the creator of the 'Star Wars' movies.
LUCASSEN     Dutch
Means "son of LUCAS".
MAAS     Dutch, Low German
From the given name MAAS.
MAES     Flemish
Flemish form of MAAS.
MAESSEN     Dutch
Means "son of MAAS".
MARQUERING     Dutch, German
Possibly a derivative of MARQUARDT.
MARQUERINK     Dutch, German
Possibly a derivative of MARQUARDT.
MAS (2)     Dutch, Low German
Variant of MAAS.
MEEUWE     Dutch
Variant of MEEUWSEN.
MEEUWES     Dutch
Variant of MEEUWSEN.
MEEUWESSEN     Dutch
Variant of MEEUWSEN.
MEEUWESZEN     Dutch
Variant of MEEUWSEN.
MEEUWIS     Dutch
Variant of MEEUWSEN.
MEEUWISSEN     Dutch
Variant of MEEUWSEN.
MEEUWSEN     Dutch
Derived from the Dutch given name Meeuw, which comes from Bartholomeus (see BARTHOLOMEW).
MEISNER     German, Dutch
Variant of MEISSNER.
MERCKX     Flemish, Dutch
From the given name MARK.
MERTENS     Dutch, Low German, Flemish
From the given name MERTEN.
MICHEL (1)     French, German, Dutch, Basque, Polish
Derived from the given name MICHEL, MITXEL or MICHAŁ.
MOHREN     Dutch, German
Dutch and German form of MOORE (2).
MOOREN     Dutch
Dutch variant of MOORE (2).
MULDER     Dutch
Dutch equivalent of MILLER.
MUYSKENS     Dutch
Means "little mouse" in Dutch.
NAGEL     German, Dutch
Means "nail" in German and Dutch, and is probably related to the occupation of carpenter. It could also refer to a smith who specifically made nails.
NELISSEN     Dutch
Means "son of CORNELIUS".
NIFTERICK     Dutch
Variant of VAN NIFTRIK.
NIFTERIK     Dutch
Variant of VAN NIFTRIK.
NIFTRIK     Dutch
Variant of VAN NIFTRIK.
OFFERMANS     Dutch
From the Dutch occupation offerman, the man who collects ofer "money", in a church.
OGTROP     Dutch
Originally denoted a person who was from the town of Ochtrup in Germany, which is of uncertain origin.
OOMEN     Dutch
Means "son of the uncle".
OORSCHOT     Dutch
Variant of VAN OORSCHOT.
OTTEN     Dutch
Derived from the Dutch given name Ot, which is a nickname of Hadrianus (see ADRIAN) or ODO.
PANDER     Dutch
Variant of PENDER (2).
PANDERS     Dutch
Variant of PENDER (2).
PAUL     English, French, German, Dutch
From the given name PAUL.
PAULIS     Dutch, German
From Latin name Paulus (see PAUL).
PAULISSEN     Dutch
Variant of PAULIS.
PEERENBOOM     Dutch
From Dutch and means "pear tree", referring to someone who kept a pear orchard.
PEETERS     Dutch, Flemish
Dutch variant of PETERS.
PENDER (2)     Dutch
From Old Dutch penre, paenre, paender meaning "brewer".
PENDERS     Dutch
Variant of PENDER (2).
PENNDERS     Dutch
Variant of PENDER (2).
PENNER     Dutch
Variant of PENDER (2).
PENNERS     Dutch
Variant of PENDER (2).
PETER     English, German, Dutch
Derived from the given name PETER.
PEUSEN     Dutch
Derived from the given name Pascalis (see PASCAL).
PHILIPS     English, Dutch
Means "son of PHILIP". Famous bearers of this surname are Frederick Philips and his son Gerard, the Dutch founders of the company Philips.
PRINSEN     Dutch
Means "son of the prince", the term prince would have denoted someone who acted in a regal manner. It could also refer to the Jewish ornamental name PRINZ.
RADEMAKER     Dutch, German
From the old occupation of rademaker which referred to a person who made raden "wheels" (singular rad).
RADEMAKERS     Dutch
Variant of RADEMAKER.
RAMAAKER     Dutch
Variant of RADEMAKERS.
RAMAKER     Dutch
Variant of RADEMAKER.
RAMAKERS     Dutch
Variant of RADEMAKER.
RAMECKER     Dutch
Variant of RADEMAKER.
RAMECKERS     Dutch
Variant of RADEMAKER.
RASKE     Danish, Dutch, German, Norwegian
Variant of RASK, used in Germany and the Netherlands.
REIJNDER     Dutch, Frisian
Variant of REINDER.
REIJNDERS     Dutch, Frisian
Variant of REINDER.
REINDER     Dutch, Frisian
Derived from the Frisian given name Reinder, which is a form of the Dutch given name Reinier. Reinier is the Dutch variant of RAYNER.
REINDERS     Dutch, Frisian
Variant of REINDER.
REYNDER     Dutch, Frisian
Variant of REINDER.
REYNDERS     Dutch, Frisian
Variant of REINDER.
RICHARD     English, French, German, Dutch
From the given name RICHARD.
RIETVELD     Dutch
Means "reed field", from Dutch riet "reed" and veld "field". It is found mostly in the western part of the Netherlands (the Holland area).
RIJNDER     Dutch, Frisian
Variant of REINDER.
RIJNDERS     Dutch, Frisian
Variant of RIJNDER.
ROBERT     English, French, Dutch
From the given name ROBERT.
ROGGEVEEN     Dutch
Means "rye field" in Dutch. A famous bearer was Jacob Roggeveen, the explorer who discovered Easter Island.
ROIJACKER     Dutch
Variant of ROOIAKKER.
ROIJACKERS     Dutch
Variant of ROOIAKKER.
ROIJAKKER     Dutch
Variant of ROOIAKKER.
ROIJAKKERS     Dutch
Variant of ROOIAKKER.
ROMEIJN     Dutch
Variant of ROMIJN.
ROMEIJNDERS     Dutch
Variant of ROMIJN.
ROMEIJNSEN     Dutch
Variant of ROMIJN.
ROMIJN     Dutch
Derived from the Dutch given name Romein, which comes from Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMIJNDERS     Dutch
Variant of ROMIJN.
ROMIJNSEN     Dutch
Variant of ROMIJN.
ROMPA     Dutch
Variant of VAN ROMPA. Of all the known surnames that are derived from VAN ROMPAEY, Rompa is the commonest in the Netherlands; there are only a handful of known bearers in Flanders (Belgium).
ROOIAKKER     Dutch
Literally means "red field", from Dutch rood "red" and akker "field". The surname comes from the word rooiakker, which was a name for a field that had a reddish colour or for a field that was barren.
ROOIAKKERS     Dutch
Variant of ROOIAKKER.
ROOIJAKKER     Dutch
Variant of ROOIAKKER.
ROOIJAKKERS     Dutch
Variant of ROOIAKKER.
ROOSA     Dutch
From the Dutch word roos meaning "rose".
ROOSEVELT     Dutch
Means "rose field" from Dutch roos "rose" and veld "field". This was the surname of American presidents Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945).
RUTTEN     Dutch
Derived from the given name RUTGER.
RYSKAMP     Dutch
Means "those who farmed rye", from Dutch kamp meaning "place".
SAMSON     English, French, Jewish, Dutch
Derived from the given name SAMSON.
SANNA (2)     Dutch
Means "son of SUSANNA".
SCHENCK     German, Dutch, Jewish
From Middle High German, Middle Dutch schenke meaning "wine server" (from Old High German scenken "to pour out"). As a German name it also denoted a tavernkeeper.
SCHERMER     Dutch, Low German
Occupational name for a fencer or swordsman, akin to Old High German skirmen "to defend".
SCHNEIDERS     Dutch
Variant of SNYDER.
SCHNEIJDER     Dutch
Variant of SNYDER.
SCHOONENBURG     Dutch
Perhaps German in origin, meaning "beautiful mountain".
SCHOONRAAD     Dutch
Means "refined counsel" from Low German schoon "refined, beautiful" and raad "counsel, advice".
SCHOOREL     Dutch
Variant of VAN SCHOORL.
SCHOORL     Dutch
Variant of VAN SCHOORL.
SCHOREL     Dutch
Variant of VAN SCHOORL.
SCHRIJNEMAKERS     Dutch
From the Dutch occupation of schrijnwerker, which means "cabinet maker".
SCHUYLER     Dutch
Dutch form of SCHULER.
SCHWARZENBERG     Dutch
Means "black, dark mountain".
SEEGERS     Dutch
Means "son of SIEGER".
SEELEN     Dutch
Variant of CEELEN.
SEGERS     Dutch
Means "son of SIEGER".
SEGHERS     Dutch
Means "son of SIEGER".
SEVERIJNS     Dutch
Derived from the given name Severinus (see SEVERINO).
SEVERINS     Dutch
Variant of SEVERIJNS.
SEVRIENS     Dutch
Variant of SEVERIJNS.
SIMON     Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Jewish
Derived from the Hebrew given name SIMON.
SIMONIS     Dutch, Lithuanian
Means "son of SIMON".
SLOOTMAEKERS     Dutch, Flemish
Means "maker of locks" in Dutch, an occupational name for a locksmith.
SMEETS     Dutch
Variant of SMIT.
SMETS     Dutch
Variant of SMIT.
SMIT     Dutch
From Middle Dutch smit "metal worker, blacksmith", a cognate of SMITH.
SMITS     Dutch
Variant of SMIT.
SNAAIJER     Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SNAIJER     Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SNEIDERS     Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SNEIJDER     Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SNEIJDERS     Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SNEIJER     Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SNEIJERS     Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SNELL     Dutch
From Dutch snel meaning "agile, swift, nimble".
SNIJDER     Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SNIJDERS     Dutch
Dutch cognate of SNYDER.
SPECHT     German, Dutch
Means "woodpecker" in German and Dutch.
SPIJKER (1)     Dutch
Means "dweller by or worker at the granary" from Dutch spijker.
SPIJKER (2)     Dutch
Means "nailsmith" from Dutch spijker.
SPIKER     Dutch
Americanized form of SPIJKER (1) or SPIJKER (2).
TER AVEST     Dutch
Means "at the forest edge" or "at the shelter".
TEUNISSEN     Dutch
Means "son of TEUNIS".
THEUNISSEN     Dutch
Means "son of THEUNIS".
THOLBERG     Dutch
Possibly means "Thol's hill" from the given name Thol, a diminutive of THEODORIC.
TILLENS     Dutch, Flemish, German
From the Germanic name Thietilo, a medieval diminutive of DIETRICH.
TUNISON     Dutch
Americanized form of TEUNISSEN.
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.
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".
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.
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 (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.
VAN 'T HOUT     Dutch
Variant of VAN HOUTEN.
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.
VENNER     Dutch
Variant of VAN DER VEEN.
VERBOOM     Dutch
Means "tree" in Dutch.
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.
VERMEULEN     Flemish
Means "dweller by the mill".
VERVERS     Dutch
From the Dutch occupation of verver meaning "painter".
VERVLOET     Flemish
Means "(dweller by a) stream".
VISSCHER     Dutch
Means "fisherman" in Dutch.
VOGELS     Dutch
Variant of VOGEL.
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.
WANG (2)     German, Dutch
From Middle High German and Middle Dutch wange meaning "cheek", possibly a nickname for someone with round or rosy cheeks.
WATERMAN (2)     English, Dutch
Occupational name for a boatman or a water carrier. It could also describe a person who lived by water.
WAUTERS     Dutch
Means "son of WOUTER".
WESTENBERG     Dutch
Means "west of the mountain", originally referring to a person who lived there.
WILLEMS     Dutch
Derived from the given name WILLEM.
WILLEMSE     Dutch
Derived from the given name WILLEM.
WILLEMSEN     Dutch
Means "son of WILLEM".
WILMS     Dutch
Derived from the given name WILLEM.
WOLTERS     Dutch
Means "son of WOUTER".
WOUTERS     Dutch
Means "son of WOUTER".
YANCY     Dutch (Anglicized)
Americanized form of JANSEN.
YONKER     Dutch (Anglicized)
Americanized form of JONKER.
YONKERS     Dutch (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of JONKERS.
ZAAL     Dutch
Means "hall" in Dutch.
ZEEGERS     Dutch
Means "son of SIEGER".
ZEELEN     Dutch
Derived from the given name CEEL.
ZEGERS     Dutch
Means "son of SIEGER".
ZUIDERDUIN     Dutch
Means "southern dune" in Dutch.
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