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Old 06-30-2003, 06:23 PM   #15
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Here in Grand Rapids is one of the few places you can tell someone your name is "Vredevoogd, conventional spelling".:lol

A Grand Rapids native who became a film writer named one of the characters in a film "Vandersma" to see how many people would get the joke (a name with a prefix and a suffix, but no middle).:conf
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Old 07-01-2003, 12:19 AM   #16
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Van Veldhuizen

Ok I'll let everyone know what the V stands for. I normally use initials for obvious reasons.
My Father's name is Van Veldhuizen and was born in Leersum near Arnhem. My Mother's name is Devos and was born in Maastricht. They both emmigrated to Canada where they eventually met in Smithers, BC. where I was born with 6 brothers and 2 sisters.

I spoke only dutch till school age, but I can still read basic dutch.
For the non-dutch people that ask, I tell my name means "fan belt housing". Most actually believe it!

BTW Lex, I really would like more information on BIODs if you can find it.
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Old 07-01-2003, 01:33 AM   #17
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John

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For the non-dutch people that ask, I tell my name means "fan belt housing". Most actually believe it!


That was great - thanks for the laugh!

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Old 07-01-2003, 05:10 AM   #18
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Eric,
However it is an interesting story. You will not be blamed for the misbehavings of your ancestors. ;)
The name Leendert sounds familiar, it is one of my own christian names. Are you sure it is Derrick? Dirk or Dirck seems to be more appropriate.

Pat & Dale,
I don't get the joke. In my interpretation it can be 'van der sma' ('from the sma', as 'van der berg') or Vandersma (one word). sma or ma is common suffix of surnames of people from the north of the Netherlands.

John v V ;)
Due to the fact the Holland is so small we never say that Leersum is near Arnhem (distance is something like 40 km).
Most of the info on BIOD is on my website. If you can read basic Dutch, try it. Is there something special you like to know?
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Old 07-01-2003, 07:32 AM   #19
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Lex... yes it was Dirck originally... he changed it almost as soon after he set foot on the soil over here though... the only records that has Dirck is his marriage records which was two weeks after his arrival. Their first born Pietre (one year later) baptismal record has him listed as Derrick.

Geeez, these people ticked me off while trying to research them... they had no idea how inconsiderate they were being by changing names midstream:bh
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<<Some of the spellings were Konyn, Conyn, Connine, Conine, Conyne, Connyne, Connoyne>>

<<Yes, I did know that it means rabbit>>

Another spelling for this name that I personally find interesting is Coney, as in Coney Island. It is my understanding that the island received its name for the proliferation of rabbits that used to live there.

When folk would come to the US, often their name would receive whatever spelling the possibly semi-literate immigration officer would write down at Ellis Island. Members of the same family might go through separate lines, and receive different last names.

There is an old joke that one day at Ellis Island, as the first guy approached the immigration guy, he was asked his name. In a thick accent, he answered "Yon Yohnson". The official wrote down "John Johnson" and hollared "NEXT! What's your name?" The second guy said "Yon Yohnson". The official wrote down "John Johnson" and hollared "NEXT! What's your name?" The third guy said "Yon Yohnson". The official wrote down "John Johnson" and hollared "NEXT! What's your name?" The fourth guy, figuring he'd make it easy on the officer, replied "sam ting". The officer named him "Sam Ting".

(For readers who are already struggling with our language, "sam ting" would equate with "same thing".)
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