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

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


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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.

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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


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

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  • James Van Pelt, American science fiction author
  • Bo Van Pelt (b. 1975), American PGA professional golfer
  • Brad Alan Van Pelt (1951-2009), American NFL football linebacker
  • Alexander "Alex" Van Pelt (b. 1970), American football coach and former NFL quarterback
  • Scott Van Pelt, American sportscaster and sports talk show host
  • James S. "Jim" Van Pelt (b. 1935), former American CFL football quarterback
  • William Kaiser Van Pelt (1905-1996), American politician, Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin (1951-1965)
  • Bradlee Van Pelt (b. 1980), former American NFL football quarterback and safety
  • John Vredenburgh Van Pelt F.A.I.A., A.D.G.F., (1874-1962), American architectural historian and author
  • Alison Van Pelt (b. 1963), American painter

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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.

This page was last modified on 7 April 2015 at 04:02.

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