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Where did the German Van Bergen family come from? What is the German Van Bergen family crest and coat of arms? When did the Van Bergen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Van Bergen family history?

The ancient German region of the Rhineland, gave birth to the family name of Van Bergen. At first, people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames in the Rhineland. Among the most common forms of surname found in the Rhineland are those that are derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an "eke-name" or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name was derived from the German word "burc," which means a "fortified town." The surname Van Bergen was a name for a person who lived in a town.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Van Bergen include Berg, Bergh, Berghe, Bergg, Berge, Bergge, Burg, Burgh and many more.

First found in the Rhineland, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Van Bergen research. Another 226 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1716, 1834, and 1842 are included under the topic Early Van Bergen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 22 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Van Bergen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Van Bergen, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Van Bergen Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Martin Gerrittsen VanBergen, who landed in New York in 1630
  • Hans Hansen VanBergen, who arrived in New York in 1633
  • Marten Gerritsen VanBergen, who arrived in New York in 1660
  • Andries Pietersen VanBergen, who landed in New York in 1663

Van Bergen Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Peter VanBergen, who landed in New York in 1709

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The Van Bergen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Van Bergen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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