The history of the ancestors of the Von family begins among the Pictish clans ancient Scotland
. The name Von comes from the Gaelic word Beathan
which means life.
Bean was also the name of a saint in the Breviary of Aberdeen.
Early Origins of the Von family
The surname Von was first found in Aberdeen (part of the modern Grampian region), where one of the first times the name arose was a Bean who was a magistrate circa 1210. It is known, however, that the MacBains moved to Invernessshire, as sod bearers to the Chiefs of the great Clan
Chattan (a powerful confederation of early Clans). The name literally means "son of the fair lad," and was frequently translated to MacBean (Bain).
Early History of the Von family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Von research.Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1411, 1550, and 1745 are included under the topic Early Von History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Von Spelling Variations
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred
years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations
of the name Von include Bean, Beane, Beyn, Bayn, Bene, Bane, Baine, Beine, Bayne, Beyne, Been, Beaine, MacBain, MacBean, MacVain, MacBean, MacVan and many more.
Early Notables of the Von family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Von family to Ireland
Some of the Von family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 89 words (6 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 Von family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Von Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Voss Fr. Aug. von, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HERMANN VON BECKERATH 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847HermanVonBeckerath.htm
- Gartner W.G. von, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ALFRED 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Alfred.htm
- Osten L. Von, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Steinwaerder" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEINWARDER 1849 aka STEINWAERDER. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Steinwarder.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Von (post 1700)
- Friedrich von Hayek CH (1899-1992), Austrian-born economist and philosopher, co-recipient of the 1974 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Ottomar von Behr (1810-1856), German-born, American settler to Texas where he became a noted meteorologist and naturalist
- Rudolf von Raumer (1815-1876), German philologist and linguist, known for his extensive research of the German language, son of Karl Georg von Raumer
- Kurt von Gehlen (1927-1995), German mineralogist and professor
- Ottmar von Mohl (1846-1922), German diplomat and government advisor
- Robert von Mohl (1799-1875), German jurist, father of diplomat Ottmar von Mohl
- Julius von Mohl (1800-1876), German Orientalist
- Hugo von Mohl FFRS HFRSE (1805-1872), German botanist from Stuttgart, first to coin the term "protoplasm"
- Alexander von Loesch, Bessarabian politician, Member of the Moldovan Parliament (1917–1918)
- Horst-Günther von Fassong, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 136 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
The Von Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Touch not the catt bot a targe
Motto Translation: Touch not the cat without a shield.