The Dutch surname Van Dyke is a topographic name for someone who lived by any of the many thousands of dikes in the Netherlands (Middle Dutch dike ‘dike’), or a habitational name for someone from any of the many places in Belgium and the Netherlands called Dijk, Dijke, or Dyck, named with this word. The name is recorded in the New World as early as 1652 when Jan Thomasse Van Dyke arrived in New York from Holland. Today there are approximately 17,000 bearers of the name Van Dyke in the United States. A notable bearer of the name was the 17th Century Flemish-born painter Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641).
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