Meaning of “Te” in a Dutch surname

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Looking through a tree today I came across a name construction I’ve never seen before. What does the “Te” in the Dutch surname “Te Veerbeeck” mean.
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The little word is a preposition, and it is called a tussenvoegsel. Wikipedia has a nice article on them. See

The interesting thing about them is that lists of names with them are not properly alphabetized in English. In Dutch, the name te Veerbeeck is alphabetized under V and not T. In English it ends up under T.

by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (501k points)
Randi, thanks for the heads up on the article. Also, most of the Dutch named folks I know cram he whole name together and capitalize the “V” in heir surnames, Vanbebber, Vanderlick, etc.

Rivenbark - cool name. Derivation?
Pip -  von Reifenberg, Taunus Mountains, Hesse, Germany;  then various spellings without von in New York, then Rivenbark in North Carolina (The current pronunciation is rye-ven just like the original German followed by bark which is similar to the German pronunciation of berg (something like beark).

My Dutch ancestors were originally van Nieukirk and became Newkirk in the New World. My French changed from de Bordeaux to dropping the de.

Now that is fascinating! Tons of Rivenbarks in NC it looks like. What a neat history of a surname.

@ Randi Rivenbark:I think you mean, that your Dutch ancestors are from Nieuwkerk or in English translated Newchurch
Randi, My Van (van) Dykes and Van (van) Pelts aka Lanen Van Pelt aka Lanen to Lanes's (LOL) are all immigrants to NJ via NY etc.  I have seen old books with van and Van.  Some dropped the Van and some kept it.  But,
Herman Overmars - I know surnames weren't common in the distant past and people were sometimes identified by place names, occupations or simply designations for son of or daughter of. My Dutch ancestors have not been traced to a specific place named Nieuwkirk in the Netherlands.  I have them traced to the 1600's in what is now New York where they used van Nieuwkirk, or van Niewkirk as a surname before it became Newkirk. I have ancestors who used van Bunschoten (A few different spellings) who were indeed from Bunschoten, Utrecht.

Edit: I just looked at my Newkirk line again. They may have come from Slichtenhorst, Nijkerk (A regional variation?), Gelderland.

Randi I found this, it fits your discription of Slichtenhorst. It is in Dutch so you need the English version:Slichtenhorst

The Community of Slichtenhorst is onely one street, and thats it.

See Cornelissen-212, you might be surprised.
Herman - Thank you. I'm aware of the Cornelissen connection. These lines also connect to Slecht and Kunst and the Roosevelts (Teddy, FDR and Eleanor) - all my cousins.

Looking at a map, I see that Slichtenhorst and Nijkerk are quite close. Oops! I mean Bunschoten in Utrecht and Nijkerk in Gelderland are close.
Slichtenhorst is a part  of the Nijkerk community.

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