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.
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^ 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)