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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Van Meter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Stephen Yerkes Van Meter, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1905
  • S.S. van Meter, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Effuci Ada Van Meter, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Seymour van Meter, aged 47, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • Virginia van Meter, aged 17, who emigrated to America, in 1912


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  • John Inskeep Vanmeter (1798-1875), U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Victoria Louise "Vicki" Van Meter (1982-2008), American aviatrix, best known for setting several youngest-pilot distance-flying records at age of 11; she tragically committed suicide at the age of 26
  • Daniel Van Meter (1913-2000), American eccentric, best known for his Tower of Wooden Pallets at 15357 Magnolia Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, California which became a cultural historic monument
  • Edwin Van Meter Champion (1890-1976), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois (1937-1939)
  • Homer Van Meter (1905-1934), American infamous criminal and bank robber, an associate of John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson
  • Jennifer "Jen" Van Meter, American comic book writer best known for her Oni Press series Hopeless Savages and for her work with DC and Marvel Comics
  • Solomon Lee Van Meter Jr. (1888-1937), American inventor, famous for inventing the first successful backpack parachute; he also invented the ejection seat but was never credited for it
  • Thomas A. Van Meter (1943-1992), American politician, Member of the Ohio Senate (1973-1982)


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  • Loper,Keller, Van Meter [and] Allied Lines by Melba Wood.
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  1. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. De Jong, Gerald Francis. The Dutch in America 1609-1974. New York: Twayne, 1975. Print.
  4. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. 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. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  9. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. 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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The Van Meter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Van Meter 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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