Van Beek is a toponymic surname of (southern) Dutch origin. Though translating as "of the stream", the absence of an article suggests that the original bearer originated from a town called Beek rather than lived near a stream. There are several towns which are or were named Beek in Gelderland, Limburg and North Brabant and also one in the municipality Bree in Belgium near the Dutch border.[1] The name is quite common in the Netherlands, ranking 38th in 2007 (17,148 people).[2] Related names include Beek, Van Beeck, Ter Beek, Van der Beek, and Verbeek. People with this surname include:

Bontjes van Beek
Van Beeck
Von Beeck

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  1. ^ Beek, van at the Meertens Institute database of Dutch surnames
  2. ^ Leender Brouwer, The top 100 surnames in the Netherlands