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Stricker German, Low German, Dutch
Occupational name for a rope maker or knitter (of hose, for example), from an agent derivative of Middle High German, Middle Low German stricken ‘to tie’.
It means noble and kind hearted. Someone with the last name Strijbis is usually someone who frequently does good deeds.
From Dutch Strijker
, an occupational name for someone whose job was to fill level measures of grain by passing a flat stick over the brim of the measure, thus removing any heaped excess... [more
Occupational name for a butcher or hog breeder, from Middle Dutch tucbake, from tucken meaning "to pull, push, or strike" + bake meaning "hog".
Unexplained; possibly a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place.
Ten Boom Dutch
Means "at the tree" in Dutch. A notable bearer of this surname was Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983), a German woman who helped Jewish people take refuge into her home during the Second World War.
Topographic name for someone who lived by a prominent oak tree, Middle Dutch eyk. This has been a prominent family name in Albany, NY, area since the 1630s.
Combined from old Norse god 'Thor' and old Norse 'Beck' means 'stream'. This is a dutch surname from old Norse.
Timm German, Dutch, English
English: probably from an otherwise unrecorded Old English personal name, cognate with the attested Continental Germanic form Timmo
. This is of uncertain origin, perhaps a short form of Dietmar
Van Ark Dutch
Habitational name from a place called Ark in Gelderland.
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
Van Buskirk Dutch
The name is made up of two Dutch words: "bos," meaning "woods," and "kerk," meaning "church." The characteristic Dutch prefix "van" literally means "from," and thus the surname indicates "one from the church in the woods."
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".
Van Der Bilt Dutch (Rare)
Topographic name for someone living by a low hill, from Middle Low German bulte "mound", "low hill"
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.
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.
Van Deusen Dutch
Habitational name for someone from the German town of Deusen, north of Dortmund, in North Rhine-Westphalia near the Dutch border.
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 Etter Dutch
A habitational name for someone from Etten in North Brabant
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.
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.
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 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.
Verkuilen Dutch, Belgian
Reduced form of van der Kuylen, a topographic name for someone who lived by a pit or hole, or a habitational name for someone from Kuil in East Flanders or Kuilen in Limburg.
Villerius is a name of Dutch origin similar to the French DeVilliers
Name for a bailiff, farm manager, or other personal with supervisory authority, Middle High German voget, Late Latin vocatus, from Latin advocatus, past participle of advocare ‘to call up (to help)’... [more
Habitational name from a place in Drenthe called Voorhees.
From the word vos
meaning "fox", it may have been a nickname for someone with fox-like characteristics.
Vosberg Dutch, German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a hill frequented by foxes, from Middle Low German vos
"fox" and berg
Habitational name for a person from a place bearing the same name in the province of Utrecht, which is itself derived from the Middle Dutch word vrede
, meaning "legal protection against armed violence".
Possibly a habitational name from a former village and municipality in the province Utrecht, Netherlands. A notable bearer was Dutch-Swedish singer-songwriter and poet Cornelis
Wachter German, Dutch
Occupational name for a watchman, from Middle High German wachtære
, Middle Dutch wacht(e)re
. (cf. Waite
Warns Dutch, German
Dutch habitational name from places so named in Friesland and Overijssel. The one in Friesland was the site of a famous victory of Frisians over the Hollanders in the 14th century. ... [more
Winkel German, Jewish, Dutch, Belgian
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived on a corner of land in the country or a street corner in a town or city, from Middle High German winkel, German Winkel ‘corner’... [more
Winne Dutch, English
Dutch: occupational name for an agricultural worker, Middle Low German winne ‘peasant’. ... [more
Nickname for someone with white or blonde hair or an unusually pale complexion, from Middle Dutch witte
Wriedt German, Dutch
Nickname from Middle Low German wrēt, wrede meaning "fierce", "evil", "angry".
name for someone living at the main farm in a district, from Dutch wijk ‘district’ + hof ‘farmstead’, ‘manor farm’.
Zeller German, Dutch, English, Jewish
Originally denoted someone from Celle, Germany or someone living near a hermit's cell from German zelle
"cell". It is also occupational for someone employed at a zelle
, for example a small workshop.
Zylstra Dutch, Frisian, English
Derived from Dutch zijl
"canal" or "sluice". Originally indicated someone who lives near a canal or sluice.