Surnames Starting with V

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VACCAItalian
Means "cow" in Italian, originally denoting a person who worked with cattle.
VACCAROItalian
Occupational name meaning "cowherd" in Italian.
VACEKCzech
Derived from the given name VÁCLAV.
VACÍKCzech
Derived from the given name VÁCLAV.
VADASHungarian
From Hungarian vad meaning "wild", either a nickname or an occupational name for a hunter of wild game.
VĂDUVARomanian
From Romanian văduvă meaning "widow".
VALDEZSpanish
Means "son of BALDO".
VALENCIASpanish
From the name of the Spanish city of VALENCIA.
VALENTACzech
Derived from the given name VALENTIN.
VALENTIItalian
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.
VALERIEVBulgarian
Means "son of VALERI".
VALERIOItalian
From the given name VALERIO.
VÁMOSHungarian
Means "customs officer" in Hungarian, a derivative of vám "customs".
VĂNVietnamese
Vietnamese form of WEN, from Sino-Vietnamese (văn).
VAN AALSBURGDutch
Means "from Aalsburg", which is possibly Adelsburg, composed of adal "noble" and burg "fortress".
VAN AGGELENDutch
Denoted someone from Aggelen, which could refer to Achel in the Belgian province of Limburg or Egchel in the Dutch province of Limburg.
VAN AGTERENDutch
Means "from behind", probably referring to a place behind something, such as a building or a place at the end of the road.
VAN ALLERDutch
Means "from the Aller", a river in Germany, of uncertain meaning.
VAN ALPHENDutch
Means "from Alphen", a town in the Netherlands. It is derived from the name of the Roman fort Albaniana, itself from Latin albus "white".
VAN ALSTDutch
Means "from Aalst", a town in the Netherlands, which is possibly from Germanic alhust meaning "living place".
VAN ALTHUISDutch
Dutch cognate of ALTHAUS.
VAN AMELSVOORTDutch
Means "from Amersfoort", a city in the Netherlands. It means "ford of the Amer (Eem) River" in Dutch.
VAN AMSTELDutch
Means "from Amstel", a Dutch river which means "water area".
VAN ANDELDutch
Means "from Andel", a town in the Netherlands, possibly meaning "upper forest" in Old Dutch.
VAN ANKERENDutch
Means "from the anchor" in Dutch.
VAN ANTWERPDutch
Means "from ANTWERP", a city in Belgium.
VAN ASDutch
Means "from Asch", a town in the Netherlands, meaning "ash tree".
VAN ASSENDutch
Means "from Assen", a city in the Netherlands, which is possibly from essen meaning "ash trees".
VAN BAARLEDutch
Meams "from Baarle", a town in both the Netherlands and Belgium.
VAN BOKHOVENDutch
Means "from Bokhoven", a small town in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. It means "goat yards" in Dutch.
VAN BREDADutch
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 BUGGENUMDutch
Means "from Buggenum", a small town in the middle of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
VAN BURENDutch
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.
VANCEEnglish
Indicated a dweller by a fen, from Old English fenn meaning "fen, marsh".
VANCHEVBulgarian
Means "son of VANCHO" in Bulgarian.
VANČURACzech
Derived from the given name VÁCLAV.
VAN DALENDutch
Means "from the valley", from Old Dutch dal meaning "valley".
VAN DEN AKKERDutch
Means "from the field" in Dutch.
VAN DER AARTDutch
Means "from the earth", derived from Dutch aarde "earth". It perhaps referred to either an earth bank or to a farmer.
VAN DER BEEKDutch
Means "from the creek" in Dutch.
VAN DER BERGDutch
Means "from the mountain" , derived from Dutch berg meaning "mountain".
VAN DER STOEPDutch
Means "from the paved entrance", from Dutch stoep meaning "paved porch at the entrance to a house".
VAN DER VEENDutch
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 ZEEDutch
Means "from the sea" in Dutch. The original bearer may have been someone who lived on the coast.
VAN DE VLIERTDutch
Means "from the elderberry" in Dutch.
VAN DONKDutch
Means "from the hill", derived from Dutch donk meaning "(sandy) hill".
VANDROOGENBROECKFlemish
Means "from the dry marsh" in Dutch. The city of Brussels was built on dry marshes.
VANĚKCzech
From an archaic diminutive of the given name VÁCLAV.
VANEVBulgarian
Means "son of Ivan" in Bulgarian.
VÅNGSwedish
Swedish variant of WANG (3).
VANHANENFinnish
From Finnish vanha meaning "old".
VAN HASSELDutch
Means "from Hassel", a town in Lower Saxony, Germany. It may be derived from Germanic hasel meaning "hazel tree".
VAN HEELDutch
Means "from Heel", a small town in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
VAN HERTENDutch
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 meaning "deer".
VAN HOFWEGENDutch
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 HOORNDutch
Dutch form of HORN.
VAN HORNDutch
Dutch form of HORN.
VAN HOUTENDutch
Means "from forests", derived from Dutch hout "forest".
VAN KANDutch
Means "from Kanne", a town in the province of Limburg in Belgium. The meaning of the town's name is unknown.
VANKOVBulgarian
Means "son of Ivan" in Bulgarian.
VAN LAARDutch
Derived from Dutch laar (plural laren), which means "open spot in the forest". These areas were used to graze cattle for example.
VAN LEEUWENHOEKDutch
Variant of LEEUWENHOEK. A famous bearer of this surname is Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723), a pioneer in the field of microscopy.
VAN MIDDELBURGDutch (Rare)
Means "from Middelburg", the name of a city in Zeeland in the Netherlands, itself meaning "middle fortress" in Dutch.
VANNEnglish
From Old English fenn meaning "fen, swamp, peat", indicating a person who lived near such a place.
VAN NIFTRIKDutch
Means "from Niftrik", a town in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands.
VAN OIRSCHOTDutch
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 OPHOVENDutch
Means "from Ophoven", the name of towns in the Netherlands. Their names mean "upper gardens, upper courtyards" in Dutch.
VAN PEYDutch (Rare)
Means "from Pey", a town in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
VAN ROMPAEYFlemish, Dutch
Means "from the wide path", derived from Middle Dutch ruum "wide, spacious" combined with pat "path".
VAN ROMPUYFlemish
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 ROSSUMDutch
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 "home".
VANTCHEVBulgarian
Variant transcription of VANCHEV.
VAN TONDERDutch
Means "from Tønder", a town in Denmark near the German border.
VAN WEGBERGDutch
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 "mountain".
VAN WIERENFrisian, Dutch
Means "from Wieren". This is the name of towns in Frisia and other parts of the Netherlands, which mean "seaweed".
VAN WILLIGENDutch
Means "from the willows", from Old Dutch wilga "willow".
VARANOItalian
Derived from one of the many towns of this name in Italy.
VARDANYANArmenian
Means "son of VARDAN".
VARELASpanish
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.
VARGAHungarian
Occupational name meaning "cobbler" in Hungarian.
VARGASSpanish, Portuguese
Means "hut, slope, pastureland" in Spanish and Portuguese dialects.
VARLEYEnglish
Originally denoted a person from Verly, France, itself derived from the Roman name Virilius.
VARTANIANArmenian
Variant transcription of VARDANYAN.
VAŠEKCzech
Derived from the given name VAŠEK.
VASILERomanian
Derived from the given name VASILE.
VASILESCURomanian
Means "son of VASILE".
VASILYEVRussian
Means "son of VASIL".
VÁSQUEZSpanish
Means "son of VASCO".
VASSHungarian
Derived from Hungarian vas meaning "iron", 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.
VASTAGHungarian
From a nickname meaning "stout, thick" in Hungarian.
VASYLYKUkrainian
Derived from the given name VASYL.
VASYLYSHYNUkrainian
Means "son of VASYL".
VAUGHANWelsh
From Welsh bychan meaning "little". It was a descriptive name to distinguish father from son.
VAUGHNWelsh
Variant of VAUGHAN.
VÁVRACzech
Derived from the given name Vávra, a diminutive of VAVŘINEC.
VEGASpanish
From Spanish vega meaning "meadow, plain", of Basque origin.
VELASpanish
Derived from Spanish vela meaning "sail" or the homonym vela meaning "watchful".
VELÁSQUEZSpanish
Derived from the given name VELASCO.
VELÁZQUEZSpanish
Derived from the given name VELASCO.
VELITCHKOVBulgarian
Variant transcription of VELICHKOV.
VEMULAKONDAIndian, Telugu
Indicated a person from the city of Vemula in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.
VENÄLÄINENFinnish
Means "Russian" in Finnish. This name was originally used by the ethnic Finns who lived on the Russian side of the border.
VENCELHungarian
Derived from the given name VENCEL.
VENCZELHungarian
Derived from the given name VENCEL.
VENTIMIGLIAItalian
From the name of the historical Italian city Ventimiglia, now near the French border, ultimately from Latin Albintimilium.
VENTURAItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given names BONAVENTURA (Italian), BUENAVENTURA (Spanish) and BOAVENTURA (Portuguese).
VERBOOMDutch
Means "from the tree" in Dutch.
VERESHungarian
Dialectical variant of VÖRÖS.
VERGOOSSENDutch
Means "son of GOSWIN".
VERHOEVENDutch
Means "from the farm" in Dutch, derived from hoeve "farm", and so indicated a person who lived on a farm.
VERITYEnglish
From a nickname meaning "truth", perhaps given originally to a truthful person.
VERMEULENFlemish
Means "from the mill" in Dutch.
VERNERSENDanish
Means "son of VERNER".
VERNONEnglish
Locational name in the Eure region of Normandy, from the Gaulish element vern "alder (tree)" with the genitive case maker onis.
VERONAItalian
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.
VERVERSDutch
Occupational name derived from Dutch verver meaning "dyer, painter".
VERVLOETFlemish
Means "from the stream" in Dutch.
VESCOVIItalian
Derived from Italian vescovo meaning "bishop".
VESELACzech
Moravian Czech variant of VESELÝ.
VESELÝCzech
From a nickname meaning "cheerful" in Czech.
VESPAItalian
From an Italian nickname meaning "wasp".
VESTRIItalian
From the given name SILVESTRO.
VICARIOSpanish, Italian
Means "vicar" in Spanish and Italian, an ecclesiastic title used to denote a representative of a bishop. It is derived from Latin vicarius meaning "substitute, deputy".
VICOItalian
Means "town" in Italian, derived from Latin vicus.
VICTORFrench, English
Derived from the male given name VICTOR.
VICTORSEnglish
Derived from the given name VICTOR.
VICTORSSONSwedish
Means "son of VICTOR".
VIDAHungarian
From the given name VID.
VIETHGerman
From the given name VEIT.
VIGOItalian
Variant of VICO.
VILARPortuguese, Galician, Catalan
Means "hamlet, farm" in Portuguese, Galician and Catalan, from Late Latin villare, a derivative of Latin villa.
VILARÓCatalan
Catalan variant of VILAR.
VILLAItalian, Spanish
Means "town" in Italian and Spanish, from Latin. It was originally given to a person who came from a town, as opposed to the countryside.
VILLALOBOSSpanish
Denoted a person from the town of Villalobos, Spain, which is derived from Spanish villa "town" and lobo "wolf".
VILLANUEVASpanish
Originally denoted someone who came from one of the various Spanish towns by this name, derived from villa "town" and nueva "new".
VILLARSpanish
Spanish cognate of VILAR.
VILLAVERDESpanish
Originally denoted a person from one of the various Spanish towns by this name, derived from villa "farm, settlement" and verde "green".
VILLENEUVEFrench
French cognate of VILLANUEVA.
VINCENT (1)English, French
From the given name VINCENT.
VINCENT (2)Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mac Dhuibhinse meaning "son Duibhinse", a given name meaning "black island".
VINCI (1)Italian
From the given name VINCENTE.
VINCI (2)Italian
Originally indicated a person from Vinci near Florence, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci.
VINCZEHungarian
From the given name VINCE.
VINKOVIĆCroatian
Means "son of VINKO".
VINOGRADOVRussian
Means "vineyard" in Russian (ultimately from German), referring to a person who worked at a vineyard or lived near one.
VINTERDanish, Norwegian, Swedish
Scandinavian variant of WINTER.
VIOLAItalian
From the given name VIOLA.
VIPONDEnglish
From Vieux-Pont, the name of various places in Normandy, derived from French vieux "old" and pont "bridge".
VIRÁGHungarian
From a nickname meaning "flower" in Hungarian.
VIRGOEnglish
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.
VIRTANENFinnish
Derived from Finnish virta meaning "stream".
VISSCHERDutch
Occupational name meaning "fisherman" in Dutch.
VITALIItalian
From the given name VITALE.
VITERISpanish, Basque
Meaning uncertain, possibly from a Basque place name.
VIVASCatalan
From the Catalan byname vivas meaning "may you live", which was bestowed upon children to bring good luck.
VIVESCatalan
Variant of VIVAS.
VLAHOVIĆSerbian, Croatian
Patronymic from Serbo-Croatian Vlah meaning "Romanian".
VLASÁKCzech
Derived from Czech vlas "hair", probably referring to a barber or a person who bought and sold hair.
VLAŠIĆCroatian
Patronymic from the nickname Vlah meaning "Romanian".
VLAŠIČSlovene
Patronymic from the nickname Vlah meaning "Romanian".
VLČEKCzech
Diminutive form of Czech vlk meaning "wolf".
VOCLAINFrench
From the Old French given name VAUQUELIN.
VODENICHAROVBulgarian
Patronymic derived from Bulgarian воденичар (vodenichar) meaning "miller".
VOGELGerman, Dutch
From Old High German and Old Dutch fogal meaning "bird". It was originally an occupational name for a bird catcher, or a nickname for a person who liked to sing.
VOGELSDutch
Variant of VOGEL.
VOGTGerman
Occupational name from Middle High German voget meaning "bailiff, lawyer", ultimately from Latin advocatus.
VOGTSGerman
Patronymic variant of VOGT.
VOIGTGerman
Variant of VOGT.
VOIGTSGerman
Patronymic variant of VOGT.
VOLKGerman
Derived from given names beginning with the Germanic element fulc meaning "people".
VOLKOVRussian
Patronymic derived from Russian волк (volk) meaning "wolf".
VOLL (1)Norwegian
Originally indicated a person who lived in a meadow, from Old Norse vǫllr "meadow, field".
VOLL (2)German
Variant of VOLK.
VOLTOLINIItalian
From the name of the alpine valley of Valtellina in Lombardy, northern Italy.
VON BRANDTGerman
Means "from the area cleared by fire", from Middle High German brant.
VON ESSENGerman
Means "from Essen", a city in Germany, possibly a derivative of Old High German asc meaning "ash tree".
VON GRIMMELSHAUSENGerman
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).
VON INGERSLEBENGerman
Means "from Ingersleben", a town in Germany, which means "INGE's village".
VONNEGUTGerman
Possibly from the Germanic vonn meaning "hunting track" and gut meaning "good". A famous bearer was the American author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007).
VORONINRussian
Derived from Russian ворона (vorona) meaning "crow".
VÖRÖSHungarian
Means "red" in Hungarian, referring to a person with red hair or face.
VOSSGerman
From Middle Low German vos meaning "fox". It was originally a nickname for a clever person or a person with red hair.
VOßGerman
Variant of VOSS.
VOSSENDutch
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".
VROOMDutch, Flemish
From a nickname derived from Dutch vroom meaning "pious, devout".
VRUBELCzech
From a nickname derived from Czech vrabec meaning "sparrow".
VUKOJACroatian
Derived from the given name VUK.
VUKOVIĆSerbian, Croatian
Derived from the given name VUK.
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