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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German : habitational and topographic name from any of various places, in particular in Westphalia, named with Middle Low German vor(n) ‘bog’ + holz ‘wood’, ‘forest’, or elsewhere from Middle Low German vär ‘in front of’ or Middle High German varn ‘fern’, vāre ‘furrow’, ‘lane’, ‘border’.

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