Veenstra History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Veenstra surname is derived from the Dutch word "Veen," which means "fen" or "Peatbog," which is the most common geographical feature of the northern provinces of the Netherlands. Many instances of the surname are thought to be habitational, deriving from any of various places named with this word. The preposition "van" meaning "of" or "from" ' is commonly found with Dutch names, especially with habitation names. The preposition "de," meaning "the," is also commonly used with these names.

Early Origins of the Veenstra family

The surname Veenstra was first found in the Netherlands.

Early History of the Veenstra family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Veenstra research. Another 47 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1639 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Veenstra History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Veenstra Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: vander Veen, van Veen, Van den ven, Van de Ven, van der Veen, van der Feen, Vanderveen, VanderVeen, Veenstra and many more.

Early Notables of the Veenstra family (pre 1700)

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Veenstra Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Veenstra migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Veenstra Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Aart Veenstra, who landed in Iowa in 1856 [1]
  • Annie Veenstra, who arrived in Iowa in 1856 [1]
  • Grietje Veenstra, who landed in Iowa in 1856 [1]
  • Hendrik Veenstra, who arrived in Iowa in 1856 [1]
  • Herman Veenstra, who landed in Iowa in 1856 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Veenstra (post 1700) +

  • Kenneth Veenstra (b. 1939), American politician, Member of the Iowa Senate (1999-2005)
  • Johanna Veenstra (1894-1933), American missionary, the first missionary of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) to go to Nigeria
  • Erin Veenstra (b. 1978), American cyclist at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Wietse Veenstra (b. 1946), Dutch footballer
  • Wiebren Veenstra (b. 1966), Dutch cyclist who rode in two editions of the Tour de France
  • Tine Veenstra (b. 1983), Dutch bobsledder at the 2010 Winter Olympics
  • Rogier Veenstra (b. 1987), Dutch footballer
  • Richard Veenstra (b. 1981), Dutch darts player, current world ranking (BDO) 14
  • Myrna Veenstra (b. 1975), Dutch two-time gold medalist field hockey player
  • Michiel Veenstra (b. 1976), Dutch radio personality
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Otto Veenstra (1913-1941), German Maschinenmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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