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Van De Kerkhof Coat of Arms / Van De Kerkhof Family Crest

The associated arms are recorded in Rietstaps Armorial General. Registered in Holland. The surname of Van De KERKHOF is of Dutch origin, a locational name meaning the dweller near the churchyard. Perhaps a man of the cloth, a priest or monk. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Almost every city, town or village existing in the Middle Ages has served to name one or more families. Where a man lived was his means of identification. When a man left his birthplace or village where he had been known, and went elsewhere, people would likely refer to him by the name of his former residence or birthplace, or by the name of the land which he owned. The Dutch language is most closely related to Low German, and its surnames have been influenced both by German and French naming practices. The preposition 'van' is found especially with habitation names, and the 'de' mainly with nicknames. The name has travelled widely in many forms which include CHERCHER, KARGER, KARGMAN, CARGOFF, KARGEL and CARLESS. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. Early records of the name in England mention CHERCHER (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. KERICHER (without surname) was documented in County Suffolk in the year 1299.

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