van dyke

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived by any of the many thousands of dikes in the Netherlands (Middle Dutch dike ‘dike’), or a habitational name for someone from any of the many places in Belgium and the Netherlands called Dijk, Dijke, or Dyck, named with this word.
  2. Jan Thomassen van Dijk, the first mayor of New Utrecht, Long Island (now part of Brooklyn, NY), came from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to North America in 1652. The name was brought to North America independently by many other bearers.
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