"Van" in names

george.sand 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.

Paul Kusinitz 
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Van Vertloo, Brian J. (UMR-Student) 
  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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