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The surname Vandervoort 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: Voorst, Voorstad, Voorsteegh, Voort, Vorst, Vorstell, Vorstern, Vorstman and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vandervoort research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1663, 1739, 1820, 1576, 1624, 1615 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Vandervoort History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vandervoort Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vandervoort Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Michael Pauluszen VanderVoort, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664
  • Abraham Vandervoort, who arrived in New York, NY in 1640

Vandervoort Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Brand Vandervoort, who arrived in Illinois in 1864

Vandervoort Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Vandervoort, who settled in Ontario in 1871
  • George Vandervoort, who arrived in Ontario in 1871


  • Paul Vandervoort (1846-1902), American soldier in the Union Army, 11th Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, 1882-1883
  • Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin H Vandervoort (1917-1990), American soldier awarded the Croix de Guerre during WWII, twice awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and was portrayed by John Wayne in the D-Day film The Longest Day
  • Ken VanderVoort, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 138th District, 1992
  • Willem "Wim" van der Voort (b. 1923), Dutch three-time silver medalist speed skater, Flagbearer for Netherlands a the Oslo 1952 Winter Olympics
  • Vincent van der Voort (b. 1975), Dutch professional darts player, nicknamed the Dutch Destroyer
  • Kaj van der Voort (b. 1996), Dutch musical actor and singer
  • Adolph Dirk Coenraad van der Voort van Zijp (1892-1978), Dutch horse rider who competed in the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics
  • Laura Dianne Vandervoort (b. 1984), Canadian Young Artist Award actress
  • Colin van der Voort (b. 1965), Australian rugby league footballer


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The Vandervoort Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Vandervoort 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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