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The surname Dykstra was first found in early documents. It is derived from the word "dyk" which means "dyke." The word "van" which often appears in Dutch names (including most of the variations of this name) is roughly equivalent to "by" or "at," indicating that the name refers to some feature of the terrain near the first bearer's home. Therefore, the first person to bear this name lived near a dyke.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Van Dyk, Van Dijk, Van Dijck, Van Dyck, Van Dijken, Van Dyken, Dijkman, Dykman, Op en Dyke, Updike and many more.


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From this era of Dutch history, those of this who distinguished themselves included Floris van Dyck (c.1575-c.1651), a Dutch Golden Age still life painter; Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), Flemish Baroque artist who...

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dykstra Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A S Dykstra, aged 2, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • D E Dykstra, aged 30, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Dirkje DeGroot Dykstra, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Geert Dykstra, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Gerrit Albert Dykstra, aged 29, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
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  • Paula Dykstra, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1984
  • John Dykstra (1875-1959), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Muskegon County 1st District, 1927-34; Defeated, 1934, 1936
  • Daniel Dykstra (1920-1999), American politician, Member of Montana State House of Representatives, 1961-65
  • Ate Dykstra (1865-1953), American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1910; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1923-34, 1939-42, 1945-46
  • Anne Dykstra, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 2004
  • John Dykstra (1875-1959), American politician, member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1927 to 1934
  • Gretchen Dykstra (b. 1948), founding President and CEO of the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum Foundation
  • Joel D. Dykstra, American politician, Republican member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
  • Andrew Dykstra (b. 1986), American soccer player
  • John Charles Dykstra A.S. C. (b. 1947), American three-time Academy Award-winning special effects supervisor
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    1. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    2. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    3. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    4. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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