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History & Origins - Introduction

Early References:

Are “we” Dutch, or are “we” Belgian?

Essentially, it is a matter of location and time.

And what of the “van Waterschoot” and “van der Gracht” family backgrounds.

I have separated these into different pages as they vary sufficiently, and I have also unearthed a bit more on “van der Gracht” which definitely requires further work.

The joint name origins are still not yet fully clear or certain, so more research required. And this may also have a bearing of the Family Crest, but until then …
 

  Time Lines  A Dutch-centric timeline can be viewed from this link.
  Maps A collection of maps from the southern Zeeland region, dated mid-1850s.
  van Waterschoot Would seem to be reasonable, based on present information, to have orignated in Zele now located in modern day Belguim, just 20km south of the Dutch border.
  van der Gracht Would seem, now, to be a little more complicated. Eggeward (the monk / abbot) comes from in and around Brugges, near the Belgian coast. Other van der Gracht origins seem to be centred around Sterrebeek, just to the east of Antwerp.

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