Vanbuskirk Surname History

The roots of the distinguished surname Vanbuskirk lie in the Netherlands. The name is made up of two Dutch words: "bos," meaning "woods," and "kerk," meaning "church." The characteristic Dutch prefix "van" literally means "from," and thus the surname indicates "one from the church in the woods."

Early Origins of the Vanbuskirk family

The surname Vanbuskirk was first found in Holland, where the name is thought to have first emerged. It is likely that the ancestral home of the Vanbuskirk family is located in the city of Boskerck in Holland; the progenitor of the name may have been a native of this city.

Early History of the Vanbuskirk family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vanbuskirk research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1655, 1738 and 1783 are included under the topic Early Vanbuskirk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vanbuskirk Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Van Buskirk, Vanbuskirk, Van Boskirk, Van Boskirck and many more.

Early Notables of the Vanbuskirk family (pre 1700)

From this era of Dutch history, those of this who distinguished themselves included Abraham Van Buskirk, a surgeon and physician who was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the Third Battallion of New Jersey Volunteers and...
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vanbuskirk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Vanbuskirk migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vanbuskirk Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Laurens Andriessen VanBuskirk, who arrived in America in 1654 [1]
Vanbuskirk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph VanBuskirk, who settled in Philadelphia in 1734
Vanbuskirk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Abraham Van Buskirk, who was living in Maine in 1812
  • Abraham VanBuskirk, aged 50, who landed in Maine in 1812 [1]

Canada Vanbuskirk migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vanbuskirk Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Henry Vanbuskirk, who immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1784
  • Mr. Garrat VanBuskirk U.E. (b. 1756) born in New Jersey, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1843 [2]
Vanbuskirk Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Samuel VanBuskirk, who landed in Canada in 1840
  • Samuel Vanbuskirk, who was recorded in the 1871 census of Ontario

Contemporary Notables of the name Vanbuskirk (post 1700) +

  • Vice Admiral Scott Ray Van Buskirk, American retired United States Navy officer, 56th Chief of Naval Personnel
  • John Van Buskirk (b. 1972), American soccer coach and a former player
  • Jacob Van Buskirk (1760-1834), American-born, Canadian merchant, jurist and politician who represented Shelburne County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1805 to 1818
  • Harold Van Buskirk (1894-1980), American architect and fencing champion, three-time member of the US Olympic fencing team
  • Britt Vanbuskirk, American boxer
  • Mark VanBuskirk, American politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 18th District, 1926; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1928 [3]


  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. ^ 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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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