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Many surnames are associated with the place/locality of where the family lived and in those cases the location is noted as the meaning.
Many surnames are associated with the occupation of the person given the name.

Surname Origin Meaning
Vacher French              French A cow-herd; a keeper of cows
Vale Locality            Locality Low land between hills, a valley
Valentine Latin               Latin a name derived from valens, able, puissant, brave
Valk Dutch               Dutch A hawk, a falcon
VanAerden Locality            Locality From Aerden, a town in Holland
VanAlstyne Locality            Locality From the old or high stone, Dutch
VanAmee Locality            Locality From the city of Namen or Namur, in the Netherlands
VanAntwerp Locality            Locality From the city of Antwerp
VanArden Locality            Locality From Aerden, a town in Holland
VanArnhem Locality            Locality From Arnheim, a city in Guilderland, Holland
VanArnum Locality            Locality From Arnheim, a city in Guilderland, Holland
VanBuren Locality            Locality From the town of Buren, in Holland
VanBuskirk From the church in the wood, from Bos, a wood, and kerk, a church
VanCleve From the city of Cleve or Cleves, in Westphalia, Germany
VanCortlandt Dutch               Dutch From the short land; kort, short, and landt, land
VanCuren Dutch               Dutch From the territory of an elector in Germany
VanDam Locality            Locality From the town of Dam, in Holland
Vandenburgh Dutch               Dutch From the hill
Vandenhoff Dutch               Dutch From the garden;
Vanderbilt Dutch               Dutch Byltye, a little hatchet or bill
Vanderbogart Dutch               Dutch From the orchard
Vanderheyden Heyden, an ancient town in Holstein, Denmark
Vanderlinden from the linden-trees or grove of linden
Vanderlippe Locality            Locality town of Lippe, in Germany
Vandermark Dutch               Dutch From the Mark
Vanderpoel From the marsh or lake
Vanderspeigle Dutch               Dutch From the looking-glass
Vanderveer Dutch               Dutch From the ferry
Vanderwerken Dutch               Dutch From the workers
Vanderzee Dutch               Dutch From the sea
VanDousen Dutch               Dutch town of Doesen, in Lower Saxony
VanDuzen Dutch               Dutch town of Doesen, in Lower Saxony
VanDyck Dutch               Dutch From the dyke
VanEps Locality            Locality town of Eep, in Holland
VanHoorn Locality            Locality town of Horn or Hoorn, in Holland
VanHoosen Locality            Locality Huizen, a town on the Zuyder Zee, in Holland
VanHooven Locality            Locality Hoeven, a town in Holland.
VanHorn Locality            Locality town of Horn or Hoorn, in Holland
VanHuisen Locality            Locality Huizen, a town on the Zuyder Zee, in Holland
VanHusen Locality            Locality Huizen, a town on the Zuyder Zee, in Holland
VanIngen Locality            Locality Ingen, a town in Holland, near the river Lech
VanKeuren Dutch               Dutch From the territory of an elector in Germany
VanKleef city of Cleve or Cleves, in Westphalia, Germany
VanLoon Locality            Locality Loon, a town on the river Maes, in Holland
VanName Locality            Locality city of Namen or Namur, in the Netherlands
VanNamen Locality            Locality city of Namen or Namur, in the Netherlands
VanNess Locality            Locality Naze, a cape or promontory
VanNorden Locality            Locality Naarden, a town in Holland.
VanNostrand Properly Van Ostrand
VanOrden Locality            Locality Aerden, a town in Holland
VanOrnum Locality            Locality Arnheim, a city in Guilderland, Holland
VanOstrand From the east shore
VanPatten Locality            Locality Putten, a town in Holland
VanRensselaer Locality            Locality from the border of Soleure, a canton of Switzerland
VanSchaack Locality            Locality town of Scheyk, in Holland
VanSchaick Locality            Locality town of Scheyk, in Holland
VanScheyk Locality            Locality town of Scheyk, in Holland
VanSchoonhoven Dutch               Dutch town of Schoonhoven, in South Holland
VanSlyck Locality            Locality the channel called Het Slaeck, in the Netherlands
VanStantvoordt Locality            Locality Zandvoort, a town in North Holland
VanSteinburgh Dutch               Dutch stone-hill
VanTassel Dutch               Dutch Tessel or Texel, an island in North Holland
VanTessel Dutch               Dutch Tessel or Texel, an island in North Holland
VanTiel Locality            Locality town of Tiel, in Holland
VanVechten Dutch               Dutch Vechten, on the river Vecht, in Holland
VanVleck Dutch               Dutch town of Vleck, in Holland
VanVolkenburg Locality            Locality Valkenburgh, a town on the river Geuse, Netherlands
VanVoorst Locality            Locality town of Vorst, in Holland
VanVorst Locality            Locality town of Vorst, in Holland
VanVranken Dutch               Dutch Frankenburgh, an old town of the Franki
VanWinkle Locality            Locality town of Winkel, in Holland
VanWoert Locality            Locality Woert, a town in Holland
VanWorden Locality            Locality Woerden, a town in Holland
VanWort Locality            Locality Woert, a town in Holland
VanWyck Locality            Locality Wyck, a town on the river Lech, in Holland
VanZant Dutch               Dutch Zante, an island in the Mediterranean
Vasser French              French Vavasour, one who holds an estate next to a lord.
Vaughan Welsh               Welsh Vychan, little, small in stature
Vazquez Galician            Galician patronymic from the personal name Vasco (Basque)
Vedder Dutch               Dutch Father, or literally begetter, feeder
Veeder Dutch               Dutch Father, or literally begetter, feeder
Velay Locality            Locality A town of France, in Languedoc, the ancient Velannia
Venton Cornish-British     Cornish-British A spring well
Verbeck Dutch               Dutch From ver, far, distant, and beek or beck, brook
Vernon Locality            Locality Vernon, a place in Normandy
Vesey Locality            Locality Wet or fenny land, near the water
Vibbard Dutch and Danish    Dutch and Danish From vi, or wi, holy, sacred, and bard, a poet
Vickers Cornish-British     Cornish-British Vicar, a sovereign lord.
Vielle Locality            Locality A town of France, in Languedoc, the ancient Velannia
Villiers Locality            Locality From a place so called, in France
Vine Locality            Locality Taken from the plant that bears the grape
Vipont De Veteri Ponte, from the old bridge.
Virgo Latin               Latin A maid, a damsel
Vivian Latin               Latin A maid, a damsel
Vogel Dutch               Dutch A bird, a duck
Voores Dutch               Dutch From voorhuis, the fore-room of a house below, a hall
Voorhees Dutch               Dutch From voorhuis, the fore-room of a house below, a hall
Vrooman Dutch               Dutch From vroom, honest, valiant, religious
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