As you may know, there are so many Dutch footballers with van in their name. Well, in this post, you’ll understand why Dutch footballers have “van” in their name and a list of 30 players who have van in their name.
What Does “Van” Mean in the Dutch Language?
Literally, “Van” means “of” or “from”. Usually, it is used as a prefix of the real surname. For example, in Edwin van der Saar, Edwin is the first name, Saar is actually the last name. So, why is “van” or “van der” used in Dutch surnames?
Why Dutch Footballers Have “van” in Thier Surnames
In the Dutch tradition, it is common to use “van” to denote where a particular person is from. This was necessary for identification purposes especially when two people bear the same first name.
In the above example of Edwin van der Saar, it simply means “Edwin that hails (or comes from) Saar” or Edwin of Saar.
Also, in the early ages of the Dutch, it is common practice to name a child after where he or she was born.
So, back to our example of Edwin Van Der Saar, his ancestors probably have an origin or connection with the territory of Saar in the Netherlands.
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Variations of “Van”
There are a few variations of the use “van” in dutch surnames. Although “van” can stand alone as a prefix to a surname, sometimes, more is added to it.
In some cases, some dutch footballers have “van de”, “van der”, or “van het”.
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30 footballers with van in their name
Here we compiled a list of 30 footballers (retired & active) who have van in their name.
|1||Robin van Persie||FW|
|2||Donny van de Beek||MID|
|3||Vigil van Dijk||CB|
|4||Giovanni van Bronckhorst||LB|
|5||Mark van Bommel||MID|
|6||Rafael van der Vaart||MID|
|7||Marco van Basten||ST|
|8||Ruud van Nistelrooy||ST|
|9||Marco van Ginkel||MID|
|10||Edwin van Der Saar||GK|
|11||S. van Hooijdonk||FW|
|12||M. van de Ven||CB|
|13||M. van Bergen||FW|
|14||Louis van Gaal||MID|
|15||Willem van Hanegem||MID|
|16||Willy van der Kuijlen||ST|
|17||Willy van de Kerkhof||MID|
|18||Theo van Duivenbode||LB|
|19||Patrick van Aanholt||LB|
|20||Jan van Beveren||GK|
|21||Gregory van der Wiel||RB|
|22||René van Dieren||DM|
|23||Wim van Til||MID|
|24||Frans van Rooy||FW|
|25||Hans van Breukelen||GK|
|26||Adri van Tiggelen||LB|
|27||Jan van Beveren||GK|
|28||Cor van der Hart||CB|
|29||Daniel van Buyten||CB|
|30||John van ‘t Schip||FW|
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