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Origins Available: Dutch-Alt, Dutch


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The surname Vandyk was first found in early documents. It is derived from the word "dyk" which means "dyke." The word "van" which often appears in Dutch names (including most of the variations of this name) is roughly equivalent to "by" or "at," indicating that the name refers to some feature of the terrain near the first bearer's home. Therefore, the first person to bear this name lived near a dyke.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Van Dyk, Van Dijk, Van Dijck, Van Dyck, Van Dijken, Van Dyken, Dijkman, Dykman, Op en Dyke, Updike and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vandyk research. More information is included under the topic Early Vandyk History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vandyk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Willemina VanDyk, aged 35, landed in New Orleans, La in 1846
  • Teunis VanDyk, aged 14, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847
  • Elizabeth VanDyk, aged 7, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847
  • Aaltje VanDyk, aged 44, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847
  • Hendrik VanDyk, aged 4, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847


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  • Joost van Dyk (1600-1630), Dutch privateer
  • Walter van Dyk (b. 1961), British singer and composer
  • Irene van Dyk MNZM (b. 1972), South African-born, New Zealand four-time goild medalist athlete, one of the world's best-known netball players
  • Ernst Van Dyk (b. 1973), South African wheelchair athlete at the 2000 Summer Paralympics


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