Von - Defined

Von -Defined

When it is used as a part of a German family name, von is usually a nobiliary particle, like de in French[1] or like suffix -i in Hungarian and indicates a noble father's lineage. Nobility directories like Almanach de Gotha often abbreviate noble von to v. In medieval or early modern names the von particle was also often part of commoners' names; thus, "Hans von Duisburg" meant Hans from [the city of] Duisburg. This meaning is preserved in Swiss surnames or in the Dutch van, which is a cognate of von but does not indicate nobility.