Van Der Beek Coat of Arms / Van Der Beek Family Crest
The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. This Dutch surname of VAN DER BEEK is of four-fold origin. It was a topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, derived from the Old English word BACH or the German word BOECE. It was also an occupational name for a baker. On the estates of the king or wealthy nobles, many servants were required whose specific duties were means of identification which developed into hereditary family names. The lord's oven, or communal oven, was the place where the villagers cooked their food. The bakers, like the millers were fond of swindling their neighbours. In many places both in England and France the peasants were fined for not baking at the lord's oven. When the great oven was hot, a bell was rung to inform the villagers to bring their bread or cakes to be baked. In Poland and Czechoslovakia the name is a diminutive of Sebastian which was originally an ethnic name meaning 'man from Sebastia' a city in Pontus named from the Greek Sebastos (revered). The name was borne by a 3rd century martyr who became the patron saint of Nuremberg, hence the popularity of the name in Germany. It is also a Catalan name for someone who lived in a sunless spot, derived from the latin word OPACAS. Other spellings of the name include BECKER, VERBEEK, VAN DER BEERK, BACHMAN, PACHER, BACHE, BATCH, BAISH, BACHER, BEECK, TORBECK, PACHE and UBACH to name but a few. Dutchmen who have surnames from towns, cities or districts, are mostly distinguished by the prefix VAN. In the United States the use of capital and initial letters and spaces is optional with the particular family. 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.
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