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. The surname of VAN HOVE is of Dutch and German origin, a locational and occupational name 'one who lived and worked on a large farm'. The name later came to mean a chamberlain in a noble household or an official with similar functions in a religious house, from the Old German elements of HOF (court). Other spellings of the name include VAN DEN HOVE, VAN'T HOFF, VERHOEVEN, IMHOFF, TOMHAEVE, HOFF and TENHAEFF to name but a few. 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. 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 notable member of the name was Jacobus Henricus VAN'T HOFF (1852-1911) the Dutch chemist, born in Amsterdam, a founder of physical chemistry and sterochemistry. He was educated at the University of Leiden, and became professor of chemistry at Amsterdam, Leipzig and Berlin. He won the first Nobel prize for chemistry in 1901. The Unicorn depicted in the arms is an imaginary animal, represented as having the head, neck and body of a horse, the legs of a buck, the tail of a lion and a long straight horn growing out of the middle of the forehead.
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