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

The surname Vandenbergh 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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Spelling variations of this family name include: Van den Bergh, Van der Bergh, Van den Burgh and many more.

First found in Holland, where it is thought to have existed since the 15th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vandenbergh research. Another 53 words(4 lines of text) covering the years 1587, 1660, 1618, 1687, 1664, 1755, 1709, 1748, 1799 and 1873 are included under the topic Early Vandenbergh History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 137 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vandenbergh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vandenbergh Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Gysbert Cornelisen VanDenBergh, who landed in New York in 1645
  • Arent VanDenBergh, who arrived in New York in 1654
  • Hendrick VanDenBergh, who arrived in New York in 1663

Vandenbergh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Louis VandenBergh, aged 36, landed in Michigan in 1846-1856

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  • John Vandenbergh, American Emeritus Professor of Zoology at North Carolina State University
  • Lydia Kathleen Vandenbergh (b. 1984), American soccer defender
  • George van den Bergh (1890-1966), Dutch politician
  • Pieter van den Bergh (1799-1873), Dutch playwright in The Hague
  • Sarah Vandenbergh (b. 1972), Australian actress
  • Stijn Vandenbergh (b. 1984), Belgian professional road racing cyclist
  • Kevin Vandenbergh (b. 1983), Belgian footballer
  • Erwin Vandenbergh (b. 1959), Belgian footballer


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The Vandenbergh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vandenbergh 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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