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Van Rensselaer Surname Origin
(Locality). Van rand Soleure, i. e., from the border of Soleure, a canton of Switzerland; Van, from, rand, border, margin.
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.
Van Rensselaer Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Van Rensselaer 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