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Vaaks is an Estonian surname meaning "elecampane" ("Inula helenium", also called "horse-heal" or "elfdock").
Vään is an Estonian surname meaning "climbing".
Vaane is an Estonian surname meaning "pious" and "devout".
Väär is an Estonian surname meaning "false" and "wrong".
Vaarik is an Estonian surname derived from "vaarikas" meaning "raspberry".
Väärsi is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "vääris", meaning "costly", "noble" and "valuable".
Väät is an Estonian surname meaning "withe", "tendril" and "vine".
Vabamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "unoccupied/vacant hill/mountain".
VADEBONCOEUR French (Quebec)
Means "go with a merry heart" in French. This was a secondary surname, common among soldiers, which has been adopted as a principal surname.
VADELOV Ingush (Russified)
Russified form of an Ingush family name, which is from the name of an Ingush teip (clan) which is of disputed origin, possibly derived from Ingush да (da)
meaning "father", Arabic وَعْد (waʿd)
meaning "promise" (through Turkish vaat
), or from the hypothetical name Vadel
derived from Lezgin вад (vad)
meaning "five" (hypothetically given to the fifth-born child of a family).
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
Vaga is an Estonian surname meaning "devout" and "pious".
Habitational name from any of several farms named Våge, derived from Old Norse vágr
"bay, inlet, fjord".
Occupational name for a wood- or stonecutter, or butcher, from vágni ‘to cut’.
VAGULA Estonian, Brazilian
Vagula is the name of a village and a lake in Võru Parish, Võru County in southern Estonia.
Vahejõe is an Estonian surname meaning "mid/dividing river".
Vahemets is an Estonian surname meaning "middle/dividing forest".
Vahenõmm is an Estonian surname meaning "dividing/middle heath".
Vahesalu is an Estonian surname meaning "dividing/middle grove".
Vähi is an Estonian surname, derived from "vähim", meaning "smallest" or "lightest".
Vahi is an Estonian surname meaning "watch" or "guard"; derived from "vahimees", meaning "watchman".
Vähk is an Estonian surname meaning "crayfish".
Vahtra is an Estonian surname meaning "maple" (Aceraceae).
Vaik is an Estonian surname meaning both "quiet/still ("vaikus") and "resin/pitch", "tar".
Vaiksaar is an Estonian surname meaing "quiet/still ("vaikus") island ("saar")". May also come from "väike saar", meaning "little island".
Vaiksoo is an Estonian surname meaning "quiet/still swamp".
Vaikvee is an Estonian surname meaning "quiet/still water".
VAILLANCOURT French (Quebec)
Possibly a variant of Valencourt. This is the surname of a noble family who probably lived near Willencourt.
From a medieval nickname for a brave person (from Old French vaillant
Vain is an Estonian surname meaning "village common", or "village green".
Vainküla is an Estonian surname meaning "(village) green/common village"
Vainmäe is an Estonian surname meaning "(village) green/common hill/mountain".
Vaino is an Estonian surname, derived from the patronymic given name Vaino.
Vainumäe is an Estonian surname derived from "vainurästas", meaning "redwing blackbird" (Turdus iliacus) and "mäe", meaning ""hill".
Topographic name from väisä meaning either meaning "road" or "sign placed on the ice" + the common surname suffix -nen.
Väits is an Estonian surname derived from "väit" meaning "insist".
Vakk is an Estonian surname meaning "granary bin".
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.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Valdre is an Estonian surname possibly derived from the masculine given name "Valter", or relating to a "parish" or "borough" ("vald").
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.
VALE Galician, Aragonese
Topographic name from val
"valley", or habitational name from any of the places named with this word.
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]
VALENTIN French, Italian, Romanian, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Czech, Russian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Jewish
From the given name VALENTIN
. It was sometimes adopted as a personal name by Jews.
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]
This indicates familial within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
Välja is an Estonian surname meaning "outside" and "afield".
Väljaots is an Estonian surname meaning "out/afield (of the) cusp/tip".
Väljas is an Estonian surname meaning "afield" or "out in the open".
Väljataga is an Estonian surname meaning "outside behind/at the back of".
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)
Välk is an Estonian surname meaning "lightning".
From the Finnish valkea
meaning "white", and pää
meaning "head" or "tip".
Vall is an Estonian surname meaning "wall" or "berm".
Means "person from Valence", southeastern France (probably "place of the brave").
VALLE Spanish, Filipino, 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
Combination of either Latin vallis
"valley" or Swedish vall
"wall, pasture, field of grass" and the commons surname suffix -in
Vällo is an Estonian surname, possibly a corruption of "väli" meaning "field" and "plain".
VALMER Estonian (?)
Surname which is believed to have originated in Estonia, although its meaning is unknown.
VALMORIDA Filipino, Cebuano
Means "valley of the forest field" derived from Spanish val
, a contraction of valle
meaning "valley", combined with Japanese 森 (mori)
meaning "forest, woods" and 田 (ta)
"paddy, field" (see MORITA
Vammus is an Estonian surname meaning "jacket" and "doublet".
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 BURGEN Dutch
Comes from the Middle Dutch word "burch," or "burg," meaning a fortified town. The prefixes "Van" and "den" mean "from" and "the" respectively. Thus this surname means "from the hill". As such, it may have been topographic name for someone who lived by a citadel or walled city; or, it may have been a habitational name
Dutch name meaning "someone from Coevorden", a city in the Netherlands.
VAN DAMME Dutch, Belgian
Means "from Damme", the name of towns in Belgium and Germany. A famous bearer is Belgian actor and former martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme (1960-).
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 GRAAF Dutch
Dutch toponymic surname. Although graaf is a Dutch noble title similar to "count", here it refers to an old term for a canal with the same origin in the verb graven ("to dig") as gracht and grave.
VAN DER KOOI Dutch
name for someone from either of two places, De Kooi in South Holland or De Kooy in North Holland.
It derives from the Dutch surname Van der Leij/Ley. The surname arrived in Brazil by Kaspar Nieuwhoff Van Der Leij by 1630, a cavalry captain from the Dutch army.
VAN DER LEIJ Dutch
Derived from Dutch lei
meaning "slate" (effectively meaning "from the slate"), indicating that the original bearer of this name may have come from a place where slate was produced.
VAN DER LOOP Dutch
Topographical name for someone who lived by a waterway, Middle Dutch lo(e)pe, in particular a waterway called De Loop in North Brabant.
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 DER WAAL Dutch
Toponymic surname of Dutch origin. The original bearer of the name may have lived or worked at or near a "wal": a river embankment, quay, or rampage.
VAN DER ZANDEN Dutch
Literally means 'From the sand', most likely given to someone who lived near sand grounds. It originated in the southeastern part of the Netherlands.
Topographic name for someone living near a dyke or levee. Dykes are common structures for keeping lands dry in the low lying Netherlands. ... [more]
VAN DYNE Dutch
Habitational name for someone from Duinen in Gelderland.
VAN GELDER Dutch
Dutch toponymic surname meaning "from/of Guelders", a county and later duchy in the Low Countries.
VAN HAITSMA Dutch
Habitational name for someone from Haitsma, a place in Friesland.
VAN HEUSEN Dutch
Heusen is derived from the town Husum in Holland. The town was on the Zuyder Zee, Holstein, Holland.
VAN HEUTSZ Dutch
A bearer of this name is J.B. van Heutsz, also known as the Pacificator of Aceh, former governor general of the Dutch East Indies.
Vanik is an Estonian surname meaning "wreath" and "garland".
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 LEEUWEN Dutch
A Dutch toponymic surname meaning "from Leeuwen". Although translated as "lions" in modern Dutch, the place name may have originated from the Germanic word "hlaiw", meaning "(burial) mound".
VAN LOOK Dutch
Topographic name from look ‘enclosure’ or habitational name from a place named with this word.
Vann is an Estonian surname meaning "bath" and "tub".
Vannas is an Estonian surname derived from "vana", meaning "old".
Taken from the farm Vanebu, spelled Vannebo in pre-1950 records. From the Norwegian words vann
, meaning water, and bo
, meaning to live or reside.
VAN NIEKERK Afrikaans, Southern African
Topographic name for any of the various locations named Nieuwerkerk in The Netherlands or Nieuwerkerken in Belgium. The name itself means "of the new church" from Dutch van
meaning "of" combined with nieuw
meaning "new" and kerk
VAN OSS Dutch
Van Oss is a Dutch toponymic surname meaning "from Oss", a town in North Brabant. Variant spellings are Van Osch and Van Os.
VAN REENAN Dutch
Toponymic surname meaning "from/of Rhenen", a city in the province of Utrecht.
VAN ROOYEN Afrikaans
van Rooyen related to van Rooijen
, is an Afrikaans and Dutch toponymic surname. May be rooted from the Rhine area of the Netherlands, possibly having meant "from Rhine" originally... [more]
VAN SMOOT Dutch
Americanized spelling of Dutch Smout, a metonymic occupational name for someone who sold fat or lard, Dutch smout, or a nickname for someone who had a taste for, and could afford, rich foods.
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.
Varandi is an Estonian surname derived from "varandus", meaning "property" and "belongings".
Värbu is an Estonian surname; a diminutive of "värb" meaning "sparrow".
Variant of VERITY
. A name given to actors who played the part in the medieval travelling theatres.
Invented by Sverre Kristian (then) Olsen and his brother Willy Anfinn (also then) Olsen. They thought Olsen was boring, and invented the new Vargeid.
Värk is an Estonian surname meaning both "celebration" and "hootenanny", as well as "thing", "stuff", or a "job".
Variant of Farnell
. This form originated in southwestern England, where the change from F
arose from the voicing of F
that was characteristic of this area in Middle English.
Habitational name for someone from Farn near Oberkirch, or Fahrnau near Schopfheim.
Värv is an Estonian surname meaning "color" and "paint".
VASA Old Swedish, Swedish (Archaic)
Swedish noble and former royal family. Possibly from vase
meaning "bundle" or "withy". The name is believed to be a reference to the family's coat of arms. The most notable member of the family was Gustav Eriksson Vasa (1496-1560), later known as Gustav I of Sweden (in modern times known exclusively as Gustav Vasa)... [more]