"Van" in names
alastor.shelley at VERIZON.NET
Mon Jan 27 18:43:18 UTC 2003
"Van" is the Dutch form of German "von," meaning in English "of," as in Robin of Luxley (Robin Hood.) Originally it denoted a knight or peer who carried a surname indicating the land which he ruled, as a duchy, earldom, etc.
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From: Van Vertloo, Brian J. (UMR-Student)
To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2003 1:14 PM
Subject: "Van" in names
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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