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.
Means "lion's corner" in Dutch. The first bearer of this name lived on the corner (Dutch hoek
) of the Lion's Gate (Dutch Leeuwenpoort
) in the city of Delft.
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
Originally indicated a person from the town of Schoorl in the province of Noord-Holland in the Netherlands. It means "forest by the shore" in Dutch.
From Middle Dutch smit
"metalworker, 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
TER AVEST Dutch
Means "at the edge, eave" indicating a person who lived at the edge of a forest or under a covered shelter.
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", a town in 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 which 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
Meams "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.
VAN DALEN Dutch
Means "from the valley", from Old Dutch dal
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 BERG Dutch
Means "from the mountain" , derived from Dutch berg
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.
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".
Means "from the farm" in Dutch, derived from hoeve
"farm", and so indicated a person who lived on a farm.
Occupational name derived from Dutch verver
meaning "dyer, painter".
VOGEL German, 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.
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".
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.