Van Der Werff Coat of Arms / Van Der Werff 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 surname of VAN DER WERFF is a Dutch and German topographic name for someone who lived by a wharf. The name was derived from the Old Dutch word WERF meaning shipyard. Other spellings of the name include WERF and VAN DE WERF. 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. Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. The court of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking). The vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized. Franz WERFEL (1890-1945) was the Austrian author, born in Prague. He lived in Vienna until 1938 when he moved to France, from where he fled from the Nazi occupation in 1940 to the United States. His early poems and plays were expressionistic but he is best known for his novels including 'The Song of Bernadette' (1941). The lions depicted in the arms are 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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