The Van Lou surname is derived from the Flemish/Dutch word "loo," which refers to a wet, wooded area. The name was most likely originally a topographic name for someone, who lived in such a place. The word "loo" is also a common compound in place names, the most famous of which is Waterloo, in Brabant, Belgium.
states of the Middle Ages that today make up Belgium and the Netherlands.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Barent VanLoo, who arrived in New Netherlands
in 1659; Willem VanLoo, who came to New York in 1849; Johan and Maria Vanderloo, who arrived in New York in 1863, bound for Minnesota.