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Secondary surname, common among soldiers, which has been adopted as a principal surname; it means "Go with a merry heart".
VADER German (Rare)
From Middle Low German vader meaning ‘father’, ‘senior’; in the Middle Ages this was used a term of address for someone who was senior in rank or age.
Værnes is a village in the municipality of Stjørdal in Nord-Trøndelag county in Mid-Norway. The original spelling of the village's name was Vannes and it is a combination of var
"calm, quiet" and nes
Occupational name for a wood- or stonecutter, or butcher, from vágni ‘to cut’.
From a medieval nickname for a brave person (from Old French vaillant
Topographic name from väisä meaning either meaning "road" or "sign placed on the ice" + the common surname suffix -nen.
VAL Spanish, French
It means valley. It comes from Britain and then moved to Aragón (Spain).
Habitational name from any of the places named Valderrama, as for example in Burgos province.
Topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, Middle English vale
(Old French val
, from Latin vallis
). The surname is now also common in Ireland, where it has been Gaelicized as de Bhál
From French origin, denoting someone who lives or comes from a valley.
VALEN English, Scottish
English and Scottish: from a medieval personal name, Latin Valentinus
, a derivative of Valens
(see also Valente
), which was never common in England, but is occasionally found from the end of the 12th century, probably as the result of French influence... [more]
Habitational name from places named Valenzuela in Córdoba and Ciudad Real. The place name is a diminutive of Valencia, literally "Little Valencia".
I think it is of Spanish Background possibly meaning 'Soldier' or 'Guard'. ... [more]
Meaning unknown. Jean Valjean is the name of the ex-convict, mayor, and gaurdian of the child Cosette in Victor Hugo's 'Les Miserables'. (1862)
From the Finnish valkea
meaning "white", and pää
meaning "head" or "tip".
Means "person from Valence", southeastern France (probably "place of the brave").
VALLE Spanish, Italian
Habitational name from any of the many places named with valle
"valley", or topographic name for someone who lived in a valley (Latin vallis
Topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, Middle English valeye
Probably an altered spelling of German Valee
, a fairly common surname of French origin denoting someone who lived in a valley. The name in Germany is also spelled Wallee
The suffix -in
, derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of", combined with either Latin vallis
"valley" or Swedish vall
"wall, pasture, field of grass".
"Valley of Morita" in Spanish, from Morita
(森田) (sēntián), "forest and farmland" in Chinese
VAN BEETHOVEN Flemish
Means "from the beet fields". A famous bearer of this name was German Clasical composer Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827).
VAN BLANKENBERG Dutch, Belgian
Habitational name from any of various places so called, in particular in Hennef and Gelderland, or from Blankenberge in West Flanders, Belgium.
VAN DE MARK Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived by a border or boundary, from Middle Dutch marke, merke meaning "boundary", "borderland".
VANDERBILT Dutch, German
Topographic name for someone living by a low hill, from Middle Low German bulte
"mound", "low hill".
VAN DER KOOI Dutch
name for someone from either of two places, De Kooi in South Holland or De Kooy in North Holland.
VAN DER LEIJ Dutch
This surname means "of the slate." The original bearer of this name may have come from a place where slate was produced.
Topographic name for someone from a place rich in animal fodder, for example acorns.
VAN DER MERWE Dutch, South African
While the name is currently very common in South Africa, it originates in Holland, literally meaning "From the Merwe". The first van der Merwes hail from the Merwede river. The name went to South Africa with the Dutch settlers in 1652.
Means "of the bannner" meaning most likely indicates ancestry of high-ranking occupation.
Means, from the pool. It was a topographic name for someone who lived by a pool or pond, derived from the Dutch word POL. The name is also spelt POHL, POL, POLL, POLS, Van den POLL and POLMAN.
VAN DER STEEN Dutch, Belgian
Habitational name for someone from any of various minor places called Steen or Ten Stene (from steen meaning "stone"), for example in the Belgian provinces of East Flanders and Brabant.
VAN DER VELDE Dutch
Meaning "of the field" from Dutch van
- "The"- and veld
VAN DIJK Dutch
Van Dijk is a Dutch toponymic surname meaning "from (the) dike". With 56,441 people, it was the fifth most common name in the Netherlands in 2007 Abroad, people with this surname usually abandoned the ij digraph, resulting in names like Van Dyke and Van Dyk.
VAN HAITSMA Dutch
Habitational name for someone from Haitsma, a place in Friesland.
VAN KLEEF Dutch
Van meaning 'of' Kleef is a variant spelling of Kleve: a town in the Lower Rhine region of northwestern Germany near the Dutch border and the River Rhine.
VAN LOOK Dutch
Topographic name from look ‘enclosure’ or habitational name from a place named with this word.
VAN TRISTAAN Dutch
From Julian Van Tristaan(1995-) professional footballer for Tottenham Hontspurs and Holland.
VAN ZANDT Dutch, Belgian
Habitational name for someone from any of the places called Zandt, in Gelderland, Friesland, South Holland, and Zeeland; or Zande in Belgium.
Hindu name, from Sanskrit varman
Status name denoting a serf, Middle English, Old French vass(e)
, from Late Latin vassus
, of Celtic origin. Compare Welsh gwas
"boy", Gaelic foss
Vasta is derived from the Italian word Vast. Vasta means wide in Italian. It is a common name in Italy preferably in Milan, Italy.
French, English, and Scottish habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Vaux, from the Old French plural of val
VEA Spanish, Galician
Habitational name, principally from Vea in Soria province, but in some cases from any of four places with the same name in Pontevedra province, Galicia.
Habitational name from any of four farmsteads so named, from the plural of Old Norse viðr meaning "wood", "tree".
Italian (mainly Sicily): from vecchio ‘old’, ‘aged’, applied as a status name for the older or oldest son, or as a nickname, possibly for someone who was prematurely gray, bent, or wrinkled.
Habitational name from farmsteads named Ve, for example in Hordaland and Sogn, from Old Norse vé
Means "dealer in foodstuffs" (from Old French vivres
From the medieval given name Velasco
formed with Basque bel
"raven" combined with the diminutive suffix -sco
. In some cases possibly a habitational name from any of various places in Logroño, Soria, and Seville provinces named Velasco.
Habitational name from any of various places in Andalusia called Vélez.
VELÍŠEK Czech, Italian, Croatian
Velliscig is an Italian surname with no small population base and spread almost exclusively in Friuli. The center of origin of this surname must be identified in the ancient Kingdom of Hungary - Bohemia between the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.... [more]
Norwegian habitational name from any of several farmsteads, mainly in Hedmark, named with velte
Meaning 'small belly' from the Italian ventre (belly) and the diminutive suffix elli, meaning small or little.
Probably from a medieval nickname for a bold or slightly reckless person (from a reduced form of Middle English aventurous
"venturesome"). It was borne by British architect and scholar Michael Ventris (1922-1956), decipherer of the Mycenaean Greek Linear B script.
VENZOR Native American (?)
Perhaps from a native American language: commonly found in northern Mexico, alongside the variants Vensor, Benzor and Bensor, unexplained.
VERDE Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
From Spanish verde
"green" (Latin viridis
), presumably a nickname for someone who habitually dressed in this color or had green eyes, etc. This is also a common element of place names.
VERDIER French, Norman, English
Occupational name for a forester. Derived from Old French verdier
(from Late Latin viridarius
, a derivative of viridis
"green"). Also an occupational name for someone working in a garden or orchard, or a topographic name for someone living near one... [more]
Habitational name from a place so named, for example in Dordogne, Gironde, and Marne.
VERGAN French (Huguenot)
Family history states that original name was "du Vergau" French Huguenot chased from France to Germany.
VERNEY English, French
The surname Verney was first found in Buckinghamshire, England, when they arrived from Vernai, a parish in the arrondissement of Bayeux in Normandy.
Perhaps means "person from Treverran", Cornwall (from Cornish tre
"farmstead" with an unknown second element), or "person from Veryan", Cornwall ("church of St Symphorian
From the French word verre, meaning "glass." Possibly denoting someone who worked with glass.
VERYARD Medieval Spanish (Rare)
Rumour has it that the surname De-Veryard represented a Spanish occupation, but unclear what that might be - have never been able to establish the origin.
Ornamental name composed of Swedish väst
"west" and the suffix -in
derived from Latin -inus
from a nickname from Middle High German veter(e) ‘uncle’, ‘nephew’. The word is from Old High German fetiro (a derivative of fater ‘father’), which was used more generally to denote various male relatives; the meaning of modern German Vetter is ‘cousin’.
VICARY English (British)
There are a number of theories as to the origins of the name, Spanish sailors shipwrecked after the Armada and French Huguenots fleeing the Revolution are two of the more romantic ones. It is more likely to have come as someone associated with the church - the vicar, who carried out the pastoral duties on behalf of the absentee holder of a benefice... [more]
Means "son of the vicar". It could also be the name of someone working as a servant of a vicar.
Either (i) from a medieval nickname based on Anglo-Norman vis de leu
, literally "wolf-face"; or (ii) "violinist, fiddle player" (cf. Fiedler
VIDOVIĆ Croatian, Serbian
It is formed by adding the patronymic suffix -ić
and the possessive infix -ov-
to the given name Vid
VIDRINE French (Cajun)
Vidrines are French Cajuns that live mostly around south central Louisiana, towns and cities like Mamou, Eunice and Ville Platte.
Religious byname from Portuguese vieria
"scallop" (Late Latin veneria, a derivative of the name of Venus; the goddess was often depicted riding on a scallop). The scallop was a symbol of the pilgrim who had been to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela.
Habitational name from any of numerous minor places called Vieiria.
Comes from the word "vigil", which is Latin for "vigilia" and "wakefulness".
It means village or small town. In the Gaelic languaje is pentref or bentref.
VILLARD Galician, Portuguese
A Galician and Portuguese surname in the north of Iberian Peninsula. It's a last name belonging to ancient Celtic tribes.
Altered form of German Hilgard
, from the female personal name Hildegard
, composed of the Germanic elements hild
"strife, battle" and gard
Villasurda is a Germanic name dating back to the time of the Vikings. It, roughly translated from a Norse word, means, "the one who is fat."
"Used in medieval England and France. Villein is another term used for the serfs in the lowest classes of the feudal system."
Villerius is a name of Dutch origin similar to the French DeVilliers
Taken from Mitravinda, one of the eight principal queen-consorts of the Hindu god Krishna.
VIRAY Occitan, French, Catalan
Southern French (Occitan) and Catalan variant of Occitan Verai
, nickname from Occitan verai
‘honest’. From southern France this name spread to northern Catalonia.
Used as a name for someone who had played the part of Virtue in a medieval mystery play, or as a nickname for someone noted for their virtuousness or (sarcastically) for someone who parades their supposed moral superiority.
VIRTUOSO English (American), Spanish, Italian
This Italian surname could possibly be connected to those whose ancestors were involved in playing a musical instrument or somehow connected to the musical instrument industry.
, a title of rank (medieval Latin vicecomes
"deputy of a count").
Topographic name for someone who lived by a boundary, Old French devise
Like the given name Vitale
, the surname Vitale comes from the Late Latin name Vitalis
, which was derived from Latin vitalis
"of life, vital".... [more]
English surname of uncertain origin. May be Anglo-Norman from French vivace
meaning "lively, vigorous", however its pronunciation has led to its connection to various places in southern England called Five Ash Trees.
VIVIS English (Rare)
Found in the 1891, 1901 & 1911 British census, other Ancestry.co.uk records & FreeBMD. Could derive from Vivas from Spanish Catalan
Means "military" or "warlike", from the Sino-Vietnamese character 武
VOBORNÍK Czech, Slovak
Příjmení Voborník vzniklo dle svého bydliště, tedy z obory. Oborníky mívali naši předkové, byli to správcové nebo strážcové obor, lesní a hajní v oborách (slovo toto žije v příjmení Oborník, Voborník)... [more]
Means "bird song" in German. From the German words vogel (bird) and sang (song).
This indicates familial origin within the vicinity of the Volkona river south of Moscow.
From a German personal name composed of the elements folk ‘people’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. In the U.S. this name is often Americanized as Fulbright and Fullbright.
VON SYDOW Swedish, German
von Sydow is a German and Swedish noble family from Pomerania, an area in modern day Poland and Germany. Some members of the family immigrated to Sweden in 1724. The name literary means "from Sydow