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

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dykstra research. More information is included under the topic Early Dykstra History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 103 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dykstra Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  2. De Jong, Gerald Francis. The Dutch in America 1609-1974. New York: Twayne, 1975. Print.
  3. Grattan, Thomas Colley. Holdan The History of the Netherlands. Charleston, SC: Biblio Bazaar LLC, 2007. Print.
  4. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  5. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  6. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  7. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  8. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  9. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Dykstra Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dykstra 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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