"Van" in names

Van Vertloo, Brian J. (UMR-Student) bjv6xc at UMR.EDU
Mon Jan 27 18:14:31 UTC 2003

Where does the "Van" come from in Dutch names?
I've heard that a man had to pay some amount of money for the addition to his surname, but I'm not sure how accurate that is.

Brian Van Vertloo

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