Elizabeth Anne VanderPutten - The VanderPutten Name: A Family Discussion

Family members from New York, Maryland, Illinois, Texas, Florida and New Mexico talk about the use of space, hyphen, and spelling in our family name. Peter van der Putten (Amsterdam), Alexander van der Putten (Portugal), Colinda van der Putten (Holland), and John VanderPutten (Australia) have added comments since.
From: Joy Vander Putten (Chicago)
Date: Fri Dec 29, 2000 12:33pm
Subject: to space or not to space

Hey, I have a question for all.... Our last name, do you space it or not? I pretty much change my mind every time I change a job. I used to always put a space but that got confusing in college when the teachers would do a role call and would call out "Joy Putten" thinking my middle name was Vander. That happens a lot. My Uncle Gary has a whole collection of how absurdly our last name has been spelled on mail. I know my dad does it one way and my mom does it another. So, which is it? Just curious how you VP's do it. 

From: Richard Vander Putten (Long Island)
Date: Fri Dec 29, 2000 12:47pm
Subject: RE: to space or not to space

I use Vander Putten, and laugh at people stumbling around trying to figure out how to file it. The US Army was an absolute gas! However, I do get a lot of lost records that way. In Holland, it is abbreviated vd Putten, with "Putten" being the important part. Cousin Peter did a lot of research in Holland, and I believe he found some variations there also. For an educated opinion, go to Elizabeth's (Betty Anne) website at: http://www.evanderputten.org/vp_namehistory.htm I think you might someday find your letter in that website, as Brian is on a "get it in writing" tear, and you have asked a very probing question. I also bet you don't get any two answers alike.

From: Mike Vander Putten (Maryland)
Date: Fri Dec 29, 2000 1:21pm
Subject: RE: to space or not to space

Definitely a space, it is so much fun to confuse all the computers that cannot figure that one out, plus this ways my initials can be MVP instead of MV.

From: Vanderputten, Robert New Mexico)
Date: Fri Dec 29, 2000 1:21pm
Subject: RE: to space or not to space

My initials are RSVP

From: Joy Vander Putten (Chicago)
Date: Fri Dec 29, 2000 1:25pm
Subject: Re: to space or not to space

That's funny, mine are JSVP and my parents came SOO close to naming me something like Rebecca just so I would have RSVP as my initials. That must be neat. I know my older sister Christine just couldn't part with the name when she got married. Her husband's last name was "Rhodes" so they decided to combine the two and are now Vander Rhodes. I, on the other hand, am on a continuous search for a nice man with the last name "Smith". Ah, life would be so simple then.

From: Jean.Pollack (Long Island)
Date: Fri Dec 29, 2000 1:46pm
Subject: Re: to space or not to space

Before I married I used the initials JVP. When I married, I dropped my middle name, Frances, and thus the letter F and substituted the V for my maiden name. Voila! I'm still JVP! 

From: John Vander-Putten (Long Island)
Date: Fri Dec 29, 2000 1:57pm
Subject: Re: Re: to space or not to space

I use a hyphen...(hey, keeps it clean!): vander-putten

From: Urbancik, Dorothy (Long Island)
Date: Fri Dec 29, 2000 2:25pm
Subject: RE: Re: to space or not to space

I wanted to hyphenate when I got married Vander Putten-Urbancik! Good for Christine

From: Joy Vander Putten (Chicago)
Date: Fri Dec 29, 2000 2:33pm
Subject: Re: to space or not to space

Actually, I think Vander Urbancik has a catchy ring to it, I like it! Although, phonetically it's a bit of a tongue twister with the "er ur" sound. How about, Vanderbancik?

From: Peter van der Putten (Amsterdam)
Subject: to space or not to space 
Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 18:54:19 +0200

The version that is used most often (by far) in Holland is 'van der Putten'

From: Vanderputten, Thomas J (Florida)
Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 14:01:41 -0400
Subject:  to space or not to space 

I can see the junk mail now!  ..they have trouble enough with one space, can you imagine three spaces??

From: JR VanderPutten (Long Island)
Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 14:31:57 EDT 
Subject: Space

I have always agreed with Peter's form but I thought it too clumsy in the US. After that you are on your own. I write it in two words with a space. Even a hyphen could be used 
-Yan Dirk

From: Loken, Laurie (Texas)
Date:  Tue, 25 Jun 2002
Subject:  Space

Don't care for the hyphen thing..... I use the space, however. do like the way our colleague from the old country does his.... It seems more.....humm.....Dutch...or traditional if you will (even if you won't) and this opinion will get me what exactly?

From: Alexander van der Putten (Portugal)
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2002
Subject: To space or not to space

Hallo Family.

I did not know of this part of the family. It did surprise me indeed. But now I can take place in the discussion of the ´space´. Even in Europe there is a problem with this. In Portugal where I live now, they always want write my name without the space. But my wive, she is Portugees, always tell them it have to be written whit the space.

And here I have a other problem, because putten looks like a word like puta. That's why I gave my son Diogo first the last name of his mother, and than mine. So his full name is, diogo Andre Gomes van der Putten.

It is also important to put the capitals right. So it has to be, van der Putten. So I hope, by this, to have you informed about how I think of our name and space. I'm looking forward for any reaction, and want to make my excuses for my poor English.

A. B. C. van der Putten.

From: Colinda van der Putten (Holland)
Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 19:20:17 +0200
Subject: To space or not to space

I was searching on the internet and there I found your site.. Sorry that my English is far from perfect.. I am Colinda van der Putten from Holland.. Do you know from which part of Holland your family is from?  I read the discussion about to use spaces or not. It has to have to spaces.. but like almost with all Dutch names in America the spaces are gone.. I hope to hear something from you soon..


From: John VanderPutten (Australia)
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2004
Subject: to space or not to space


Just stumbled across your web site and it s great to see all the variations of our name. I use VanderPutten -- keeps corrections and explanations to a minimum!!!