Van Dyck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Van Dyck is generally thought to be derived from an old Frisian-Lower Saxon personal name, Deiko. It is also likely that versions of this name evolved from the German word "Dyke," in which case the name was most likely occupational for someone who built or operated Dikes.

Early Origins of the Van Dyck family

The surname Van Dyck was first found in Saxony, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Van Dyck family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Van Dyck research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1619, 1672, 1652, 1651 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Van Dyck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Van Dyck Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dickenhausen, Dickenhaussen, Dikenhausen, Dicenhausen, Dickenhhausen, Dickenhausenn and many more.

Early Notables of the Van Dyck family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Van Dyck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Van Dyck migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Van Dyck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jacobus Fransen VanDyck, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664 [1]
  • Dirck Jansen VanDyck, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664 [1]
  • Jan Jansen VanDyck, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664 [1]
  • Gregorius VanDyck, who landed in Delaware in 1643 [1]
  • Achias Janse Vandyck, who arrived in New Netherland in 1651
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Van Dyck (post 1700) +

  • Henry H. Van Dyck (1809-1888), American newspaper publisher, financier and politician
  • Cornelius Van Alen Van Dyck M.D. (1818-1895), American missionary and translator of the Bible into Arabic
  • Dr. Steve Van Dyck, Australian Senior Curator of vertebrates at Queensland Museum, in Brisbane, Queensland, awarded the 2008 Queensland Museum Medal for Research
  • Jennifer Van Dyck (b. 1962), Scottish television, film, and stage actress
  • Jeff van Dyck (b. 1969), Canadian BAFTA Award winning video game music composer
  • Ernest van Dyck (1861-1923), Belgian dramatic tenor


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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