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Vanderbilt Surname Origin
(Origin Dutch) Byl, in Dutch, signifies a hatchet or bill. Byltye, a little hatchet or bill. Die Byltye was a nickname given to ship-carpenters at Amsterdam, hence Van de Bylt.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Vanderbilt Surname Meaning and Family Facts
There is more to Vanderbilt family history than the origin of your surname:
A Vanderbilt Family History Thought:
'In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum. An emptiness. And the most disquieting loneliness.' --Alex Haley