Van Der Hyden Coat of Arms / Van Der Hyden Family Crest
This Dutch and German surname of VAN DER HYDEN was a topographic name for someone who lived on a heath, or by a place where heather grew. Surnames are divided into four categories, from occupations, nicknames, baptismal and locational. All the main types of these are found in German-speaking areas, and names derived from occupations and from nicknames are particularly common. A number of these are Jewish. Patronymic surnames are derived from vernacular Germanic given names, often honouring Christian saints. Regional and ethnic names are also common. The German preposition 'von (from) or 'of', used with habitation names, is taken as a mark of aristocracy, and usually denoted proprietorship of the village or estate from where they came. Some members of the nobility affected the form VON UND ZU with their titles. In eastern Germany there was a heavy influence both from and on neighbouring Slavonic languages. Many Prussian surnames are of Slavonic origin. The name has many variant spellings which include VAN HEIDE, VAN HEDEN, VAN HEE, VAN DE HEJDE, HEIDE, HEYDE, HAID, HAIDLER, HEEDE, HEIDEMA and HEDE. 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. A minor notable of the name was Jan. S. VANDER HEIDE, born on the 6th May 1905. He was an American executive, President of the Holland American Wafer Company, at Grand Rapids, Michigan. 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. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.
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