Many Dutch names start with “Van” (from) like “Van Benthem” (from Bentheim) and “Van den Berg ” (From the mountain/hill). Often “Van”-names originated if somebody moved and used his origin to describe who he was.
Some people assume that families with “Van”-names are members of the nobility. Although many noble families used “Van”-names (e.g. “Van Egmond,” “Van Grevenbroeck”), the opposite is not true since most “Van”-names were used by commoners.
Wondering My Maiden Name is van Egmond and my Father is from the Netherlands wonder about the Family tree.
So, looking for George Van Trump, born in the 1680s in The Netherlands and from an earlier line in Germany (probably Von Trump) should I just search for Trump?
Correct. Except if the search form has a prefix (tussenvoegsel) field, then you fill in the Van there.