Origin of English word VAN

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The word VAN is addressed in the entry: VAN DYKE

English Word


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[BH- N]


A VANDYKE, can refer to a collar, a beard or a shade of brown used by Anthony Van Dyck. The VAN in Rip VAN Winkle or in President Martin VAN Buren is a Dutch term meaning "of" or "from." BaiN or [V]aiN means offspring (Leviticus4:3), son or branch (i.e. a derivative). Just as VAN indicates place of origin in Dutch names, and VON in German locatives, a  BeN, [VeN], or BHeN YeROOSHaLaYiM is a citizen of Jerusalem. More Bet-Noon children at BONE.


BHeN-Avo(S) (Aramaic) is a man "of good ancestry." A  BHeN-BaYiT is "from home," a home-boy or intimate friend, not a literal “son.” A BHeN ZOOG is a partner, spouse or, literally, "from a couple."  Thus,  the bilabial-nasal words of origin in Germanic. "From" in Dutch (van) shifts to von in German and fun in Yiddish. Variants of BayN (son, child) include abino-dji (child in Chippewa Indian), panik (daughter in Eskimo) and wana (child in the Morella language of the Malay archipelago).

One builds (Bet-Noon-Hey) a family and future with BaN(iM}, with children; BIN(YahN) is a building. Bahn is a house in Thai; bygning is a building in Danish and Norwegian. The Scottish equivalent of VAN is MAC or MC, from a term meaning "son." MAC, like NIECE (now traced to Latin neptis), may derive from  NEKH(eD), a Biblical term for descendant. The Slavic “ov” locative in names like Gorbachov, is a cognate of OF, but works the other way. Instead of identifying one as the “son” of a place, “ov” identifies the “father” or origin of that place. For the Aleph-Bet father word, see ABBOT. For non-human Bet-Noon offspring, see FAWN.

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