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Van Zyl Name Meaning

Dutch: variant mostly archaic or Americanized of Van Zijl a topographic name for someone who lived by a sluice or water management system in low-lying land from zijl ‘sluice pump’; or a habitational name for someone from places in the provinces of South Holland and Utrecht named with this word. The surname Van Zyl is most common in South Africa; it is also found in Namibia.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Van Dale, Van Tuyl, Van Ryn, Van Wyk, Van Dyke, Van Ess, Van Dell

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You can see how Van Zyl families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Van Zyl family name was found in the USA, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Van Zyl families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there was 1 Van Zyl family living in Iowa. This was 100% of all the recorded Van Zyl's in USA. Iowa had the highest population of Van Zyl families in 1880.
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Census Records

There are 517 census records available for the last name Van Zyl. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Van Zyl census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 717 immigration records available for the last name Van Zyl. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 453 military records available for the last name Van Zyl. For the veterans among your Van Zyl ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Van Zyl lifespan?

Between 1991 and 2003, in the United States, Van Zyl life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2003, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Van Zyl in 1991 was 79, and 64 in 2003.

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