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Spelling variations of this family name include: Van Slyke, Van Slype, Van Slike, Van Slyck, Van Slyk, Van Slipe, Slyps and many more.

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 Limburg, the smallest, southernmost province of the Netherlands. The capital of the province is Mastricht, noted for its contribution to the modern treaty for the E.E.C. Other notable towns are Crefeld and Breda and Nijmwegan. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Van Slyke research. Another 268 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1834 and 1839 are included under the topic Early Van Slyke History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Van Slyke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Dolphus Skinner VanSlyke, who settled in San Francisco sometime between 1850 and 1864
  • D. S. VanSlyke, who came to San Francisco in 1852

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  • Scott T. Van Slyke (b. 1986), American Major League Baseball outfielder, son of Andy Van Slyke
  • Steven Van Slyke, American chemist, best known for his work with Organic Light Emitting Diodes
  • Andrew James "Andy" Van Slyke (b. 1960), retired American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Tracy Van Slyke, American publisher


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  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  4. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  5. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  8. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Jameson, John Franklin. Narratives of New Netherland 1609-1664. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909. Print.
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The Van Slyke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Van Slyke 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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