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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Verssen, Versen, Varssem, Varssenaere, Vorsen, Fersen, Forsten, Verson, Versen, Verrison, Verison and many more.

First found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in South Holland, a province of Holland, the most crowded province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Rotterdam, Leyden and Shiedam. Noted is the famed castle of Teilengen where Jacqueline of Bavaria is buried. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vorsen research. Another 283 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1674, 1745, and 1795 are included under the topic Early Vorsen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Vorsen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Verson, who came to Maryland in 1657; George Forsten, who settled in Baltimore in 1831; Joseph Versen, who arrived in North America in 1847; August Versen, who arrived in Illinois in 1853.

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The Vorsen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vorsen 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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