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The surname Van Burgen comes from the Middle Dutch word "burch," or "burg," meaning a fortified town. The prefixes "Van" and "den" mean "from" and "the" respectively. Thus this surname means "from the hill". As such, it may have been topographic name for someone who lived by a citadel or walled city; or, it may have been a habitational name, taken on from a place name, such as Burch in South Holland or Burcht in Antwerp province, Belgium.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Burger, Burgen, Burg, Van Burg, Van Burger, Van Burgen, Van den Burger, Van den Burg, Van der Burg, Van den Burgh and many more.

First found in Holland, in Utrecht, a city and capital of the province of Utrecht. One old family-branch descends from the counts of Bergh, beginning with Constantius de Monte in the 12th century. There was a separate line of counts Van den Berghs in the 16th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Van Burgen research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1640, 1636, 1640, 1664, 1755, 1627 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Van Burgen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Lucas Dircksen Vanderburgh, who came to New York in 1653; Henrich Jacob Vanderburg, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1750; Henrich Jacob Vanderburg, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1750.

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