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The surname Vandersteen 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 South Holland, a province of Holland, the most crowded province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Rotterdam, Leyden and Shiedam. Noted is the famed castle of Teilengen where Jacqueline of Bavaria is buried. 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Steen, Steene, Steenes, Steens, Sten, Stene, Stenes, Stens, Steenz, Steenez, Stein, Stien, van Steen, van der Steen, Steyn and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vandersteen research. Another 302 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1626, 1679, 1816, and 1846 are included under the topic Early Vandersteen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vandersteen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vandersteen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Johannes Vandersteen, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1774
  • Joanna Vandersteen, who came to Pennsylvania in 1774

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  8. Bayerisch Stammenbuch von den alten abgestorbenen Fuerten. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Vandersteen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vandersteen 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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