in Italian, originally denoting a person who worked with cattle.
From Hungarian vad
, either a nickname or an occupational name for a hunter of wild game.
in Portuguese, ultimately from Latin vallis
Patronymic from the given name Valente
, an Italian form of Valens
. A famous bearer of the surname was Jack Valenti (1921-2007), advisor to American president Lyndon Johnson.
From a nickname derived from Spanish valiente
Created by Victor Hugo for Jean Valjean, the hero of his novel Les Misérables
(1862). The novel explains that his father, also named Jean, received the nickname Valjean or Vlajean from a contraction of French voilá Jean
meaning "here's Jean"
Means "customs officer"
in Hungarian, a derivative of vám
Van Aalsburg Dutch
Means "from Aalsburg"
, which is possibly Adelsburg
, composed of adal
"noble" and burg
Van Aggelen Dutch
Denoted someone from Aggelen, which could refer to Achel in the Belgian province of Limburg or Egchel in the Dutch province of Limburg.
Van Agteren Dutch
Means "from behind"
, probably referring to a place behind something, such as a building or a place at the end of the road.
Van Aller Dutch
Means "from the Aller"
, a river in Germany, of uncertain meaning.
Van Alphen Dutch
Means "from Alphen"
, a town in the Netherlands. It is derived from the name of the Roman fort Albaniana
, itself from Latin albus
Van Alst Dutch
Means "from Aalst"
, the name of towns in Belgium and the Netherlands, which is possibly from Germanic alhust
meaning "living place".
Van Amelsvoort Dutch
Means "from Amersfoort"
, a city in the Netherlands. It means "ford of the Amer (Eem) River" in Dutch.
Van Amstel Dutch
Means "from Amstel"
, a Dutch river that means "water area".
Van Andel Dutch
Means "from Andel"
, a town in the Netherlands, possibly meaning "upper forest" in Old Dutch.
Van As Dutch
Means "from Asch"
, a town in the Netherlands, meaning "ash tree".
Van Assen Dutch
Means "from Assen"
, a city in the Netherlands, which is possibly from essen
meaning "ash trees".
Van Baarle Dutch
Means "from Baarle"
, a town in both the Netherlands and Belgium.
Van Bokhoven Dutch
Means "from Bokhoven"
, a small town in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. It means "goat yards" in Dutch.
Van Breda Dutch
Means "from Breda"
, a city in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. It is derived from Dutch 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 on the island of Ameland in the north of the Netherlands, as well as a small city in the Dutch province Gelderland. The place names derive from Old Dutch bur
meaning "house, dwelling". In the 16th century the countess Anna van Buren married William of Orange, the founder of the Dutch royal family. A famous bearer of this surname was Martin van Buren (1782-1862), the eighth President of the United States.
Indicated a dweller by a fen, from Old English fenn
meaning "fen, marsh"
Van Dalen Dutch
Means "from the valley"
, from Old Dutch dal
Van den Berg Dutch
Means "from the mountain"
, derived from Dutch berg
Van der Aart Dutch
Means "from the earth"
, derived from Dutch aarde
"earth". It perhaps referred to either an earth bank or to a farmer.
Van der Stoep Dutch
Means "from the paved entrance"
, from Dutch stoep
meaning "paved porch at the entrance to a house".
Van der Veen Dutch
Means "from the swamp, from the peat"
, from Dutch veen
"fen, swamp, peat". It originally indicated a person who resided in a peat district or fen colony.
Van der Zee Dutch
Means "from the sea"
in Dutch. The original bearer may have been someone who lived on the coast.
Van Donk Dutch
Means "from the hill"
, derived from Dutch donk
meaning "(sandy) hill".
Van Hassel Dutch
Means "from Hassel"
, a town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It may be derived from Germanic hasel
meaning "hazel tree".
Van Heel Dutch
Means "from Heel"
, a small town in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
Van Herten Dutch
Means "from Herten"
, a small town in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands. The town's name comes from Dutch herten
, the plural of hert
Van Hofwegen Dutch
Means "from Hofwegen"
, a town in the province of South Holland in the Netherlands, itself derived from Dutch hof
"garden, courtyard" and weg
"way, path, road".
Van Kan Dutch
Means "from Kanne"
, a town in the province of Limburg in Belgium. The meaning of the town's name is unknown.
Van Laar Dutch
Derived from Dutch laar
), which means "open spot in the forest"
. These areas were used to graze cattle for example.
Van Middelburg Dutch (Rare)
Means "from Middelburg"
, the name of a city in Zeeland in the Netherlands, itself meaning "middle fortress" in Dutch.
From Old English fenn
meaning "fen, swamp, peat"
, indicating a person who lived near such a place.
Van Niftrik Dutch
Means "from Niftrik"
, a town in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands.
Van Oirschot Dutch
Means "from Oirschot"
, a town in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. It is possibly from Dutch oeros
meaning "aurochs" and schoot
meaning "projection (of land)".
Van Ophoven Dutch
Means "from Ophoven"
, the name of towns in the Netherlands. Their names mean "upper gardens, upper courtyards" in Dutch.
Van Rompaey Flemish, Dutch
Means "from the wide path"
, derived from Middle Dutch ruum
"wide, spacious" combined with pat
Van Rompuy Flemish
Variant of Van Rompaey
. 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. It is mentioned as Rotheheim
in a 9th-century document, and is derived from Dutch rothe
"cleared area in a forest" and heim
Van Tonder Dutch
Means "from Tønder"
, a town in Denmark near the German border.
Van Wegberg Dutch
Means "from Wegberg"
, a small town in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, close to the Dutch border. It is derived from old German weg
"way, path, road" and berg
Van Wieren Frisian, Dutch
Means "from Wieren"
. This is the name of towns in Frisia and other parts of the Netherlands, which mean "seaweed".
Derived from one of the many towns of this name in Italy.
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.
Originally denoted a person from Verly, France, itself derived from the Roman name Virilius
Derived from Hungarian vas
, referring to a worker in iron, a miner of iron ore or a vendor of iron goods. Alternatively, from the same root word, it may have been a nickname referring to one with a distinctively strong constitution.
From Welsh bychan
. It was a descriptive name to distinguish father from son.
From Spanish vega
meaning "meadow, plain"
, of Basque origin.
Derived from Spanish vela
or the homonym vela
in Finnish. This name was originally used by the ethnic Finns who lived on the Russian side of the border.
From the name of the historical Italian city Ventimiglia, now near the French border, ultimately from Latin Albintimilium
Means "from the farm"
in Dutch, derived from hoeve
"farm", and so indicated a person who lived on a farm.
From a nickname meaning "truth"
, perhaps given originally to a truthful person.
Locational name in the Eure region of Normandy, from the Gaulish element vern "alder (tree)"
with the genitive case maker onis
From the name of the city of Verona, one of the most important historical cities of northern Italy. The meaning of the city's name is uncertain.
Occupational name derived from Dutch verver
meaning "dyer, painter"
From a nickname meaning "cheerful"
From a place name, derived from Danish vest
"west" and gård
Vicario Spanish, Italian
in Spanish and Italian, an ecclesiastic title used to denote a representative of a bishop. It is derived from Latin vicarius
meaning "substitute, deputy".
in Italian, derived from Latin vicus
Villa Italian, Spanish
in Italian and Spanish, from Latin. It was originally given to a person who came from a town, as opposed to the countryside.
Denoted a person from the town of Villalobos, Spain, which is derived from Spanish villa
"town" and lobo
Originally denoted someone who came from one of the various Spanish towns by this name, derived from villa
"town" and nueva
Originally denoted a person from one of the various Spanish towns by this name, derived from villa
"farm, settlement" and verde
Vincent 2 Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mac Dhuibhinse
meaning "son of Duibhinse"
, a given name meaning "black island".
Vinci 2 Italian
Originally indicated a person from Vinci near Florence, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci.
in Russian (ultimately from German), referring to a person who worked at a vineyard or lived near one.
, the name of various places in Normandy, derived from French vieux
"old" and pont
Possibly from Latin virgo "virgin, maiden"
. It may have been a nickname for an actor who played the Virgin Mary in mystery plays, or for a shy man or a lecher.
Derived from Finnish virta
. This is the second most common surname in Finland.
Occupational name meaning "fisherman"
From the Catalan byname vivas
meaning "may you live"
, which was bestowed upon children to bring good luck.
Derived from Czech vlas "hair"
, probably referring to a barber or a person who bought and sold hair.
Patronymic from the nickname Vlah
Diminutive form of Czech vlk
Vogel German, Dutch
From Old High German and Old Dutch fogal
. It was originally an occupational name for a bird catcher, or a nickname for a person who liked to sing.
Occupational name from Middle High German voget
meaning "bailiff, lawyer"
, ultimately from Latin advocatus
Derived from given names beginning with the Germanic element fulc
Voll 1 Norwegian
Originally indicated a person who lived in a meadow, from Old Norse vǫllr "meadow, field"
From the name of the alpine valley of Valtellina in Lombardy, northern Italy.
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, possibly a derivative of Old High German asc
meaning "ash tree".
Von Grimmelshausen German
Means "from Grimmelshausen"
, a town in Germany. It is itself derived from Grimmel
, of uncertain meaning, and hausen
meaning "houses". A famous bearer was the German author Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen (1621-1676).
Possibly from the Germanic vonn
meaning "hunting track" and gut
meaning "good". A famous bearer was the American author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007).
in Hungarian, referring to a person with red hair or face.
From Middle Low German vos
. It was originally a nickname for a clever person or a person with red hair.
From the given name Vos
, which comes from the Frisian name Fos
, which is from Old Germanic given names beginning with the element folk
Vroom Dutch, Flemish
From a nickname derived from Dutch vroom
meaning "pious, devout"
From a nickname derived from Czech vrabec