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The surname Vandenberg comes from the Old High German word "berg," which means "mountain." The first bearers of the name no doubt came from a mountain or high ground. The name is often found with the preposition "Van den," which mean "from the." In a low-lying, flat country like the Netherlands any area of higher ground was quite prestigious and as such, this was a popular and prestigious surname.

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The surname Vandenberg was first found in Holland, where it is thought to have existed since the 15th century.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Berger, Bergen, Berg, Van Berg, Van Berger, Van Bergen, Van den Berger, Van den Berg, Van der Berg, Van den Bergh and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vandenberg research. Another 214 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1664, 1709, 1748, 1755, 1799, and 1873 are included under the topic Early Vandenberg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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From this era of Dutch history, those of this who distinguished themselves included the counts Van den Berghs, beginning in the 16th century; Johan van den Bergh (1664-1755), mayor of the...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vandenberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vandenberg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Aaltje VanDenBerg, aged 36, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Aart VandenBerg, aged 39, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Cornelis VanDenBerg, aged 45, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Jakoba Knaap VandenBerg, aged 42, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • L VanDenBerg, aged 31, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
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  • Harold Harris "Hy" Vandenberg (1906-1994), American Major League Baseball player
  • James Vandenberg (b. 1989), American football player
  • John Roland Vandenberg, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 14th District, 1950
  • John R. Vandenberg, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1952
  • John E. VandenBerg, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 17th District, 1948
  • John Vandenberg, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Wayne County 1st District, 1866-67
  • Edward Vandenberg, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Shiawassee District, 1948; Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 15th District, 1950
  • Cassandra Vandenberg, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008
  • Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg (1884-1951), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1912-18; U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1928-51
  • Louis Vandenberg, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 44th District, 2002, 2004
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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. De Jong, Gerald Francis. The Dutch in America 1609-1974. New York: Twayne, 1975. Print.
    8. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    10. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
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