Vanrijn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Vanrijn family

The surname Vanrijn 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 Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It hold great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

Early History of the Vanrijn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vanrijn research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1655, 1720 and 1606 are included under the topic Early Vanrijn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vanrijn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: van Rijn, van Ryne, van Rhyn, van Ryn, Rijn, Rhyn, Ryn, Rym, Ryne, van der Rijn, de Rijn, van Rym and many more.

Early Notables of the Vanrijn family (pre 1700)

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vanrijn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Vanrijn family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Daniel Durrand Ryne, who settled in Illinois in 1848; John George VanRyn, who came to Allegheny Co., PA in 1851; Andrew Ryne, who arrived in New York in 1852.


Contemporary Notables of the name Vanrijn (post 1700) +

  • Eva Van Rijn (b. 1936), Dutch-born American wildlife painter
  • Hedderik van Rijn, Dutch, professor at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen


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