My last name is Kerkhof (meaning cemetry in english) and about 300 years ago it used to be 'van der Kerckhoff' ('from the cemetry'). I suppose somebody who used to work on/live close to a cemetry must have made it up. Does anybody possibly know where else it could come from?
And my mothers last name is Pilmeijer. It doesnt really mean anything but I wondered if somebody knows anything about where it might be from, because this is the only family in the whole of the Netherlands that carries this as last name and my grandfather is the only living person with this last name.