Vanatta Family History & Genealogy
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Vanatta Surname History
Although the Dutch natives and their ancestors have spread all across the world--they were early and industrious traders who sailed all over--leaving a record of people (descendants) was apparently of little or no concern compared to recording the details of shipping goods (and, alas, sometimes people). Many Dutch descendants hailed from the part of Holland that is called "Etten"--now "Etten-Leur" after the merger of these two cities. Many variants of the name exist, including the name listed in this index, "Vanatta". The original version, which U.S. Immigration officers created variants of, was probably whatever the immigrant in front of them seemed to be saying. The logical beginning of this name for thousands of immigrants who hailed from the same area, but who were not all related by blood, is "van Etten", that is, "from Etten". "van" is simply a preposition in Dutch; it means "from". One can compare Leonardo da Vinci: an illegitimate child who had no surname therefore (by Italian law), so that he was called "Leonardo from ('da') Vinci" (a city, his home). So, here in the U.S. there are many variations of the name "van Etten", but the variants with some version of "atta" in them seem to be the commonest--perhaps because the Dutch pronunciation of the letter "e" sounds to the British-American ear more like an "a". People sharing the same variant of Vanatta therefore, are not necessarily related. Many simply have ancestors from the area of Etten in what is now the southern part of the Netherlands. But because the name (of any variant) is relatively unusual in most parts of the U.S. people often assume all (of us) are related somehow. As it happens, we typically don't know either, beyond relatively a few generations back, who is or who may be a blood relation. Van Atta (this writer's variant) descendants tend to look forward, not backward.
This Vanatta history and genealogy page contains the contributed history of the
Vanatta surname made up of user contributed content from descendants and their
connections interested in the Vanatta families. In the United States, the last
name Vanatta, and its variants, is a place name that typically was assigned by
customs officials to Dutch immigrants to the U.S. that emigrated from the same
part of what is now the southern part of the Netherlands ("Holland")
and shared very common surnames, such as "Jensen", which means
"son of John" (compare "Johnson").
Vanatta Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity
Vanatta Meaning & Etymology
Vanatta Pronunciation & Spelling Variations
Last names similar to VanattaVan Atta, Van-atta, Vanattachad, Vanatta-hard, Vanattajames, Vanattajay, Vanattan, Vanatte, Vanattee, VanAtten, Van atten, Van-atten, Van Attendorf, Vanattenjohn, Vanatter, Van Atter, Van Atteren, Van Attesteijn, Van atteveld, Vanatti
Vanatta Family Tree
Here are a few of the Vanatta biographies shared by AncientFaces users. Click here to see more Vanattas
- Samuel Vanatta Whitt 1878 - 1956
- Aaron (Arie) Vanatta
- Anna Vanatta
- John Vanatta
- Sarah Lee Headley Vanatta
- Nancy Scott Dinsmore Vanatta
- Margaret Vanatta Gray
- John Vanatta
- Aaron Vanatta
- Isaac Vanatta