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Van History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Van was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Van family lived in East Lothian, Scotland. Their name, however, is a reference to Vaux or Vallibus, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Van family


The surname Van was first found in East Lothian, where they were directly descended from the great baronial family of De Vaux, or De Vallibus, and still had a castle of this name in Normandy until the year 1080. They possessed Dalston and Gilliesland in Cumberland, and the barony of Dirletoun in East Lothian.

Early History of the Van family


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Van Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Vance, Vans, Vaux, de Vallibus and others.

Early Notables of the Van family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Van family to Ireland


Some of the Van family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Van family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Van Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Bernard Van, aged 17, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Hans Jacob Van, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Mattheis Van, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Van Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nainan Wynan Van, who landed in Mississippi in 1830 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Van Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Van, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Voce Van, aged Samuel, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Henry Van, aged 46, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
  • Henry Van, aged 46, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1850

Contemporary Notables of the name Van (post 1700)


  • Ya-Yue J. Van, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1996, 2000, 2004; Member of Democratic National Committee from Washington, 2004 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Vernon Van, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 37th District, 2000, 2004 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Rudi Van Dantzig (b. 1933), Dutch dancer, choreographer, and director with the National Ballet of the Netherlands
  • Theadora Van Runkle (1928-2011), born Dorothy Schweppe, an American costume designer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, member of the Schweppes beverage family
  • John Van Hanford III (b. 1954), American diplomat, U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom from 2002 to 2009 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Pieter Van Brugh (1666-1740), American politician, Mayor of Albany, New York, from 1699 to 1700 and 1721 to 1723 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Ann Van Elsen (b. 1979), Belgian model, television and and radio personality, Miss Belgium (2002)
  • Trish Van Devere (b. 1943), born Patricia Louise Dressel, an American Genie Award winning and Golden Globe nominated actress
  • Otto van Verschuer (1927-2014), Dutch politician
  • John Van McDuffie (1841-1896), American Republican politician, Probate judge in Alabama, 1868-80; Delegate to Alabama State Constitutional Convention, 1875; U.S. Representative from Alabama 4th District, 1890-91

Historic Events for the Van family



HMS Dorsetshire

  • David Isak Stephanus Zyl Van (d. 1945), British Stoker 1st Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html

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Citations


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html

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