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 PUTTEN is a Flemish, German and Dutch topographic name for someone who lived by a well or pond. The name was originally derived from the Old German word PFUTZE, and rendered in ancient documents in the Latin form PUTEUS. Other spellings of the name include PUTZ, VAN DEN PUT, VAN DEN PUTTEN, PATTEN and PUTTER. Ancestors who originally lived near a spring or water well, which was a natural source of water in medieval times, were known in Germany as PUTZ. A spring of pure water might be worshipped and the place referred to as a holy place. Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. If a man lived on or near a hill or mountain, or by a river or stream, forests and trees, he might receive the word as a family name. Almost every town, city or village in early times, has served to name many families. Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. 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. The Rose depicted in the arms is used as a distinction for the seventh son. The Distinction of Houses are used to distinguish the younger from the elder branches of a family, and to show from which line each is descended.
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