Dutch term: tussenvoegsel

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Cornelius Vanderbilt. The Vanderbilts consolidated their tussenvoegsels after emigration

A tussenvoegsel (literally: something put in between) is a prefix of a surname. Common prefixes are De (the) or Van den (from the). Tussenvoegsels are ignored when determining the alphabetical order, so De Vries can be found under the V.

See the article about prefixes in surnames for more information.

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  1. William Termyn says

    Dutch ancesters spell the name Termijn, or ter Meijn, or Ter Meijn. What is the meaning of “ter” and what is the difference between “ter” , “ten”. Living in America, I simply anglicized the name with “y” for simplicity’s sake. Thanks you so much. Bill Termyn

  2. William Termyn says

    Dutch ancestors spell the name Termijn, or ter Mijn, or Ter Mijn, or Termeijn. What is the meaning of ”
    “ter” and “Ter”. Living in Amerca, I simply anglicized the name with “y” for simplicity’s sake, Thank you so much. Bill Termyn

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