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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
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A Vanderbilt Family History Thought:
'If you would not be forgotten,
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worthy of reading,
Or do things worthy of writing.' --Benjamin Franklin, May 1738