Van Dyke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Van Dyke family

The surname Van Dyke 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.

Early History of the Van Dyke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Van Dyke research. More information is included under the topic Early Van Dyke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Van Dyke Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Van Dyke family (pre 1700)

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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United States Van Dyke migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Van Dyke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jan Thomasse VanDyke, who landed in New York, NY in 1652 [1]
  • Thomasse Janse VanDyke, who arrived in New York in 1652 [1]
  • Frans Clausen VanDyke, who settled in New York in 1655
  • Claes VanDyke, who settled in New York, NY in 1662
  • Claes VanDyke, who landed in New York, NY in 1662 [1]
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Van Dyke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hagen VanDyke, aged 10, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Barteld J. VanDyke, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Barteld J VanDyke, aged 43, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Maria VanDyke, aged 46, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Marinnus VanDyke, aged 42, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Van Dyke (post 1700) +

  • Jerry Van Dyke (1931-2018), American comedian and actor, younger brother of "Dick" who made frequent guest appearances on the Dick Van Dyke Show
  • Ryan Van Dyke (b. 1980), former American football quarterback who played from 2002 to 2006
  • John Wesley Van Dyke (1849-1939), American president of the Atlantic Refining Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1911 until 1927
  • Phillip Van Dyke (b. 1984), American actor, best known for his role as the goblin Luke in the first two of the Halloweentown movie series
  • Charlie Van Dyke (b. 1947), born Charles Leo Steinle, American former radio disc jockey
  • Barry Van Dyke (b. 1951), American actor and the second son of actor and entertainer, Dick Van Dyke
  • Woodbridge Strong "Woody" Van Dyke (1889-1943), American film director, known for his work on Tarzan the Ape Man in 1932, The Thin Man in 1934 and San Francisco in 1936
  • Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933), American clergyman, author and educator
  • Richard Wayne "Dick" Van Dyke (b. 1925), American five-time Emmy Award and Grammy Award winning actor and comedian, best remembered for his role in The Dick Van Dyke Show, inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995 and awarded the SAG Life Achievement Award in 2013
  • Nicholas Van Dyke (1770-1826), American lawyer and politician, United States Senator from Delaware (1817-1826)
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Van Dyke +

  • 1842 Van Dyke: Over Three Hundred Years of One Line by E.F. Baty.

  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)


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