Meaning and Origin of: Van Buren

Family name origins & meanings

  • Dutch and Jewish (from the Netherlands) : habitational name for someone from any of the many places in the Netherlands named with Middle Dutch buur, buer ‘house’, ‘shed’, in particular Buren in Gelderland.
  • Cornelis van Buren came to New Netherland in 1631. His descendant Martin van Buren (1782–1862) was 8th president of the U.S. (1836–40).