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This surname of VAN DE VEER is an occupational name for a trader in feathers. The name was derived from the element VEDERE (feather). The name was also an occupational name for a ferryman, from the Dutch word VERE (ferry). Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. Other spellings of the name include VAN DE VEER and VEERMAN. 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. A minor notable of the name was Howard Jefferson VANDER VEER, born on 21st August, 1908 in Wheeling, West Virginia. He was a Consulting Engineer, and his appointments included Engineer at the Bureau of Land Management, Salt Lake City from 1945 until 1954; Owner H. J. VANDER VEER and Associates from 1955. His has written articles on public lands, mineral patents and oil shale. 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.

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Last Updated: May 9, 2020

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