What does VON stand for?
What does VON mean? This page is about the various possible meanings of the acronym, abbreviation, shorthand or slang term: VON.
We've found a total of 6 definitions for VON:
Voice Over Network
Voice On the Net
Victorian Order of Nurses
Vehicle Order Number
Very Obvious Name
Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation
What does VON mean?
- In German, von is a preposition which approximately means of or from. When it is used as a part of a German family name, it is usually a nobiliary particle, like the French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese de. At certain times and places, it has been illegal for anyone who was not a member of the nobility to use von before the family name. However, in Northern Germany and Switzerland the von particle is still a common part of surnames and is widely used also by commoners, whereas in the Middle Ages this was common practice in all German-speaking areas; thus, "Hans von Duisburg" meant Hans from [the city of] Duisburg. The Dutch van, which is a cognate of von but does not indicate nobility, can be said to have preserved this meaning.