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Origins Available: Dutch-Alt, Dutch


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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.

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.


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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Achias Janse Vandyck, who arrived in New York in 1651, Gregorius, who arrived in Delaware in 1643, Karl Janse Vandijck, who settled in New York in 1687 and countless others. The 1984 edition of the Report of Distribution of Surnames in the Social Security Number File lists the surname Van Dyk(e) as the 1,842nd most popular surname in the United States.Today, the name Vandyken is fairly common in The Netherlands, but branches exist in many European countries, especially Germany..

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  • Amy Van Dyken, American swimmer


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  2. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
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  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München: 1975. Print.
  7. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  10. De Jong, Gerald Francis. The Dutch in America 1609-1974. New York: Twayne, 1975. Print.
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