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Welcome/Welkom: ........Your hosts.........Riaan and Lynette Jansen van Vuren.........Welcome/Welkom..........


This website is dedicated to the family history of the JANSEN VAN VUREN family (197 names) in Southern Africa. It is maintained by Pieter (Riaan) C Jansen van Vuren and his wife Lynette. Riaan is one of the 7th great-grandsons of the family proginator Gerrit Jansen van Vuren.

Riaan or Lynette can be contacted via the GuestBook or at the email address rvanvuren@mweb.co.za. Please also visit our family website at Riaan en Lynette van Vuren se Tuisblad


For other websites dealing with the Jansen van Vuren family see the following links:

Gerrit van Vuren nageslag or Stamboom van Gerrit van Vuren or Genealogie Jan Loyen.

The last website deals with the descendants of Jan Loyen in the Netherlands who in the fourth generation also adopted the surname van Vuren. There exists no evidence that Gerrit Jansen van Vuren is descendant of or related to this family (see the Gerrit van Vuren nageslag website link for more information on the other van Vuren families in the Netherlands and the earliest known person with the surname).

On Facebook a number of groups have been created for members of the Jansen van Vuren family including the following group established by myself:

Jansen van Vuren Family Group.

NEW - A virtual Familiebond (Family Association) has been established for all members of the Janse(n) van Vu(u)ren family. Visit the Familiebond website to join the Bond. Membership is currently free!


Gerrit arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in September 1687 from the town of Vuren in the Netherlands (see the following website for more information on the town of Vuren).

Gerrit was known in the town of Vuren only by his first name. If he were to be distinguished from other persons by the same name he was called Gerrit Janszoon to identify him as the son of Jan (the shortened version of his farther name Johannes). This is called a patroniem or vadersnaam and for interesting information on the use of a vadersnaam see the website on the Gerrit van Vuren nageslag.

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Gerrit emigrated to the Cape in 1687. His reasons for the leaving the Netherlands are not known but on the website Water in Vuren it is mentioned that at the beginning of the 1680's the town experienced high levels of poverty. This is said to have been mainly due to a widespread "watersnoden" (flooding) and damage caused to the area by the French in 1672 during the Third Anglo -Dutch War (1672 to 1674). Perhaps Gerrit emigrated to the Cape to escape these circumstances.

Gerrit arrived on the Southern tip of Africa in September 1687 on board of one of the following ships: "De Lek, Waterland, de Grote Visserie" or the " t'Rad van Aventure". About 50 persons on board the above ships requested Commandant Van Der Stel to stay on in the Cape as farmers. Most of the requests were denied and only 17 persons allowed to stay behind. On 16 October 1687 twenty-three farmers, Vryboere (free citizens not in the service of the Dutch Indian Company or VOC), including Gerrit, were allocated farms in the Bergriver Valley below the majestic Drakenstein mountains.

He started cultivating the farm with life stock, wine vineyards and seedlings. The first crop was collected in 1689 and the details thereof was recorded on the 1690 rolls of the Rijksarchief at 's-Gravenhage in the Netherlands. The roll indicated that he was married at the time with no children and that he inter alia possessed 350 sheep, 9 oxen, 2 cows and 2 pigs. That the farm was planted with wine seedlings are obvious from the 1600 wine reeds listed on the roll. He also possessed a number of weapons including two "snaphanen", one "karabijnen" and one "zijdegeweer".

He and his wife Suzanne called the farm Bellingchamp. The name is of French origin and undoubtedly was the choice of his wife Suzanne who was of French descent. The name possibly refers to a meadow in which animals like sheep graze with bells around their necks to warn about any dangers such as thief's. The farm is today known as Bellingham and is the estate that produces the famous Bellingham label of wines. For information on the roots of the Bellingham Wine Estate see the following website:

Bellingham Wines.

On 8 October 1695, eight years after he was allocated the farm the formal deed of grant (drawn up already in 1694) was issued. The deed contained the name of the farm and the family name and therefore for the first time established Jansen van Vuren as an official surname. It could be said that if the said deed was never issued the surname might never have been known in Southern Africa.


I get a lot of enquiries about the 'correct' spelling of the family name. As indicated above the surname is derived from the town of Vuren in the Netherlands and it could be argued that the correct spelling is with only one 'u' as opposed to two.

For me it is more important that, as far as could be ascertained, most of the Jansen van Vuren and Jansen van Vuuren families in Southern Africa are related and descendants from Gerrit irrespective of the spelling of the family name. At our church in 2003 we for example met a family from Namibia with the surname Jansen van Vuuren. We subsequently became good friends and in going through the book of Johannes Petrus Jacobus Jansen van Vuren (see acknowledgements below) we found out that we are related as 8th Distant Cousins despite the fact that we spell our surnames differently.

But why then the two versions of the family name? One explanation advanced by Johannes Petrus Jacobus Jansen van Vuren in his book is that the Bellingham farm was only officially surveyed in 1870 by Charles Bell who on the official documents (see the Gerrit van Vuren nageslag website for a photo of the survey diagram) wrongly indicated that the farm fomerly belonged to Gerrit Jansen van Vuuren. This 'wrong' spelling of the surname on the official document is what according to Johannes Petrus Jacobus Jansen van Vuren led to most of Gerrits descendants 'wrongly' spelling their surname with two u's.


I briefly visited the town of Vuren in 2000 and stopped by Fort Vuren on the outskirts of the Town. I was in the Netherlands at the time to attend the conference of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) held in Rotterdam.


Most of the information was obtained from a book compiled by Johannes Petrus Jacobus Jansen van Vuren. The book published by Babelegi (Edms) Bpk is titled "Stamboom van Gerrit van Vuren". Without this excellent source of information it would not have been possible to compile this website. For the SNYMAN history thanks must also go to Kobus Snyman for his research on the Snyman Family (Snyman Genealogy).


The website also contains portions of the family history of a number of the members of the SNYMAN (66 names) and DANEEL (27 names) families and because of my marriage with Lynette Gouws a number of the GOUWS/Gous/Gauch (48 names) ancestors (see links to Gauch/Gous/Gouws websites below).

Other families with more than one name include (see List of Last Names below for more details):

- Viljoen (20 names) - Bekker (16 names) - Van der Merwe (15 names) - De Beer (15 names) - Mare (13 names) - Potgieter (12 names) - Bezuidenhout (11 names) - Botha (11 names) - Malan (11 names) - Van Staden (11 names)


Gerrit's only son Johannes had five sons and three daughters. Of the sons three have descendants namely Johannes, Lucas and Pieter and for them information up to the fifth generation (up to +/- the early 1800s in most instances) is captured on the website. Only for my direct line (Johannes 2nd son Johannes Petrus and his one son Marthinus Petrus) the full descendants are captured until the present.


To start exploring the family history just go to the Tree menu above and then the family link on the said menu. This will take you to the page for the family proginator Gerrit Jansen van Vuren.

If you are looking for any other person see the surname list below. For more information on how to navigate this website see the section on getting around below or watch the TribalPages Tour for your convenience, to learn how to browse this familytree and to enjoy all features.


Why an English webpage if most of the Jansen van Vuren family members home language is Afrikaans? Unfortunately TribalPages currently do not provide for multilungual support and to get the Jansen van Vuren Family history published on TribalPages required that English be used as the main language medium.


Please contact me via the link above should you have any comments or contributions to the family history or should you wish to obtain the visitors password to view the full website. See also the useful links below should you wish to undertake geneology research and especially the link to the Ancestry24 website.


The information on the website was created via a Gedcom import. I am aware of a number of data errors that occurred during this process mainly with the wording of some of the events and notes and these will be corrected over time. If there are any other errors and/or omissions on this website I do apologise and will make the necessary corrections as soon as they become apparent or brought to my attention.


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