VADEBONCŒURFrench (Quebec) From the French phrase va de bon cœur meaning "go with a good (merry) heart". This was a secondary surname, common among soldiers in colonial French Canada, which has been adopted as a principal surname.
VADELOVIngush (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).
VADERGerman (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.
VÆRNESNorwegian 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 "headland"... [more]
VAGAEstonian Vaga is an Estonian surname meaning "devout" and "pious".
VALDREEstonian Valdre is an Estonian surname possibly derived from the masculine given name "Valter", or relating to a "parish" or "borough" ("vald").
VALEEnglish 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.
VALEGalician, Aragonese Topographic name from val "valley", or habitational name from any of the places named with this word.
VALEEGerman From French origin, denoting someone who lives or comes from a valley.
VALENEnglish, 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]
VALKEAPÄÄFinnish From the Finnish valkea meaning "white", and pää meaning "head" or "tip".
VALLEstonian Vall is an Estonian surname meaning "wall" or "berm".
VALLANCEEnglish Means "person from Valence", southeastern France (probably "place of the brave").
VALLESpanish, 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).
VALLERAFrench French: habitational name from Vallery in Yonne, once a Romano-Gallic estate, recorded in 1218 as Valerianus. The surname is also found in the British Isles and may be of Norman origin, from the same place.
VALLEYEnglish Topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, Middle English valeye.
VALLIEGerman 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.
VALMORIDAFilipino, 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).
VAN BURGENDutch 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
VAN DER GRAAFDutch 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 MERWEDutch, 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.
VANDERPANDutch Means "of the bannner" meaning most likely indicates ancestry of high-ranking occupation.
VANDERPOOLDutch 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 STEENDutch, 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 LEEUWENDutch 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 NIEKERKAfrikaans, 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 meaning "church".
VAN ROOYENAfrikaans 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 SMOOTDutch 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.