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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: van Laanen, van Laan, van Lanen, Laan, van Laan, Lanan, van Laen, Laen and many more.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vanlaan research. Another 270 words (19 lines of text) covering the year 1716 is included under the topic Early Vanlaan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Vanlaan Notables 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: James Lanan, who came to Ohio in 1839; Pieter VanLaanen, who settled in New York in 1847; Petrus Vanlanen, who arrived in 1849; Johannes Vanlanen, who arrived in 1851.

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  2. De Amicis, Edmondo and Helen Zimmern. Holland. Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1894. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. De Jong, Gerald Francis. The Dutch in America 1609-1974. New York: Twayne, 1975. Print.
  10. Tapper, Michael Ed. Immigrants to the Middle Colonies A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists and Associated Data from The New York Genealogical Biographical Record. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Vanlaan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vanlaan 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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