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The Vanpelt surname is occupational in origin. It comes from the Latin word "pellis," meaning "skin" or "hide," and would have originally been born by someone who tanned or sold hides and pelts for a living.

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The surname Vanpelt 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 North Holland, a province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Amsterdam, Haarlem and Hilversum. Many of the old Counts of Holland held a family seat in this region, including one of the nations oldest families, in Brederode Castle near Haarlem.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pelten, Peltzer, Peltre, Pelzer, Pellt, Pelter, Peltern, Pelteren and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vanpelt research. Another 266 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1766 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Vanpelt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Vanpelt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vanpelt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Teunis VanPelt, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664
  • Theunis Janse Laenen VanPelt, who landed in New York in 1663
  • Matthys VanPelt, who landed in New Jersey in 1663
  • Tunis Jansz VanPelt, who arrived in New Jersey in 1663
  • Gysbert Thysen Laenen VanPelt, who arrived in New York in 1663
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Vanpelt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • D VanPelt, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • P VanPelt, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Vanpelt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Samuel Vanpelt U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Sarah Vanpelt U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Teunis Vanpelt U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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  • Alison Van Pelt (b. 1963), American painter
  • John Vredenburgh Van Pelt F.A.I.A., A.D.G.F., (1874-1962), American architectural historian and author
  • Bradlee Van Pelt (b. 1980), former American NFL football quarterback and safety
  • William Kaiser Van Pelt (1905-1996), American politician, Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin (1951-1965)
  • James S. "Jim" Van Pelt (b. 1935), former American CFL football quarterback
  • Scott Van Pelt, American sportscaster and sports talk show host
  • Alexander "Alex" Van Pelt (b. 1970), American football coach and former NFL quarterback
  • Brad Alan Van Pelt (1951-2009), American NFL football linebacker
  • Bo Van Pelt (b. 1975), American PGA professional golfer
  • Daniel J. VanPelt, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1944
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  5. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Swierenga, Robert P. Compiler Dutch Emigrant to the United State, South Africa, South America and Southeast Asia 1835-1880 An Alphabetical Listing by Househould Heads and Independent Persons. Wilmington, DE: Scholary Resources, 1983. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  10. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
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The Vanpelt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vanpelt 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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