Van Rhyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Van Rhyn family

The surname Van Rhyn was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth.

The name is a Dutch toponymic surname meaning "from (the) Rhine river".

Early History of the Van Rhyn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Van Rhyn research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1655, 1720 and 1606 are included under the topic Early Van Rhyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Van Rhyn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: van Rijn, van Ryne, van Rhyn, van Ryn, Rijn, Rhyn, Ryn, Rym, Ryne, van der Rijn, de Rijn, van Rym and many more.

Early Notables of the Van Rhyn family (pre 1700)

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United States Van Rhyn migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Van Rhyn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John M VanRhyn, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824 [1]
  • Lyonch H VanRhyn, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826 [1]

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

  • Ernst van Rhyn (b. 1997), South African rugby union player for the Stormers in Super Rugby and Western Province in the Currie Cup and the Rugby Challenge


  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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