Van Den Vorstenbosch Coat of Arms / Van Den Vorstenbosch Family Crest
The Dutch surname of VAN DEN VORSTENBOSCH was a locational name 'the dweller in or near the forest', or it was an occupational name for a keeper or worker in one. The medieval forest was not as today, but referred to large areas of woodland which were reserved by law for the purposes of hunting by the king and his nobles. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land and indicated where he actually lived. When meat in the Middle Ages could not be kept well throughout the winter months, an important source of meat came through the game killed by the hunter, whose work was both a necessity and a pastime for the ruling classes. The wealthy, particularly were famed for their hunting dogs, and one gentleman Gaston de Foix, in France, was said to have had sixteen hundred hounds in his kennels, and six hundred horses in the stables. Favourite quarries of the nobility were the stag and the wild boar. The name is also spelt FORST, DE VEUSTER, VAN DEN VORST, VORSTENBERG, VORST, VOSTER, VASTER and FORST, to name but a few. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. 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. Compared to other countries, Dutch heraldry is notably simpler, some of the shields bearing only a single charge. Generally speaking one helmet, one shield and one crest has been used, quartering is uncommon and mottoes are rare.
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