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  • Aletta van der Merwe, b7 (c.1684 - 1729)
    Birth Date before 30 April 1864 Death Date 30 Sept 1729 First Name Aletta Last Name van der Merwe Suffix b7 Maiden Name van der Merwe Gender Female Birth Location Cape Town, Western Cape,...
  • Fanie van der Merwe
    Fanie van der Merwe South Africa’s foremost Paralympian sprinter who has cerebral palsy. He achieved a gold medal at the Beijing Summer Paralympics in 2008. Fanie competes mainly in category T37 spri...
  • Johanna van der Merwe (1825 - 1888)
    Johanna Cornelia van der Merwe (7 March 1825 - 15 January 1888) was a Voortrekker heroine who survived the Weenen massacre, an impi attack on her trekking party at the Boesmans and Bloukrans Rivers on ...
  • Maria van der Merwe, b3 (c.1675 - 1709)
    Judi Marais-Meyer register a1 Willem Schalk van der Merwe volgens Res. Polit. Raad, van Broek; volgens register Kaapse Gemeente, van Oud-Beyerland (naby Rotterdam). Haakbusskutter op die skip "Dordre...
  • Willem Schalk van der Merwe, SV/PROG (c.1640 - 1716)
    Bronne /Sources Navorsing gedoen deur Emerentia J v Rensburg - Navorser aanbeveel deur NAAIRS. Judi Marais-Meyer register Emerentia v Rensburg Register. Hester Maria Christina register. Jun...

About the van der Merwe surname

Although this Dutch surname is well recorded in The Netherlands, the USA, and South Africa, where it was one of the very first European settler surnames, it does not appear in any of the standard dictionaries of surnames. Recorded in the spellings of Van Merwe, Van de Merwe, Van der Merwe and occasionally in the foreshortened form of Merwe or Merwede, the name originates from the province of Zuid Holland, part of The Netherlands. It is a locational surname and describes a person who lived by a "meer or mere", an ancient word found in most of Northern Europe and describing a marshland or possibly a sea inlet. It is also recorded in a number of place names. Many, perhaps the majority of Dutch surnames, have a locational origin, it being the easiest form of identification to call a person by the name of the place from whence he or she came. Early examples of the surname recordings taken from authentic church registers of the period, include Jan Van de Merwe who married Pieter Jacobson, at Dubbeldam, Zuid Holland, on January 1st 1645, Willem Van der Merwe, born at Nootdorp, Zuid Holland, on June 22nd 1698, whilst in the same year on Decmeber 30th, Carl Van der Merwe was recorded at Paarl, Cape of Good Hope province, South Africa. The first known church register recording is believed to be that of Margaretha Van Merwe, on June 1st 1569, at Dubbledam, province of Zuid Holland, The Netherlands. This was during the reign of Prince William of Nassau, known as "The Great", 1544 - 1579.