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.
Means "son of LAWRENCE
". It is rather rare in mainly Flanders, Belgium, and often families were either spelled Lauwens
(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.
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.
From the Dutch occupation offerman
, the man who collects ofer
"money", in a church.
Originally denoted a person who was from the town of Ochtrup in Germany, which is of uncertain origin.
Derived from the Dutch given name Ot
, which is a nickname of Hadrianus
) or ODO
From Dutch and means "pear tree", referring to someone who kept a pear orchard.
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.
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
REINDER Dutch, Frisian
Derived from the Frisian given name Reinder
, which is a form of the Dutch given name Reinier
is the Dutch variant of RAYNER
Means "reed field", from Dutch riet
"reed" and veld
"field". It is found mostly in the western part of the Netherlands (the Holland area).
Means "rye field" in Dutch. A famous bearer was Jacob Roggeveen, the explorer who discovered Easter Island.
Derived from the Dutch given name Romein
, which comes from Romanus
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).
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.
From the Dutch word roos
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).
Means "those who farmed rye", from Dutch kamp
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
Means "refined counsel" from Low German schoon
"refined, beautiful" and raad
From Middle Dutch smit
"metal worker, blacksmith", a cognate of SMITH
From Dutch snel
meaning "agile, swift, nimble".
SPIJKER (1) Dutch
Means "dweller by or worker at the granary" from Dutch spijker
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.
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".
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 the Dutch occupation of verver
From the given name Vos
, which comes from the Frisian name Fos
, which is from Old Germanic given names beginning with the element folk
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.
Means "west of the mountain", originally referring to a person who lived there.