I read this while doing some research on Ludwig van Beethoven:
"The Austrian court system had one court for the nobility, The R&I Landrechte, and another for commoners, The Civil Court of the Magistrate. Beethoven disguised the fact that the Dutch "van" in his name did not denote nobility as does the German "von", and his case was tried in the Landrechte. "
Beethoven was in a custody dispute for his nephew. Apparently there was a court system for the nobility and one for the commoners. This is quite interesting and telling about the culture of his time.
I believe the 'von' translates litteraly as 'from' or 'of' What does 'van' mean?
Even though his birth name was van Beethoven, I most often see his name written von Beethoven. _________________ Karl as in Cpl. Karl Langenscheidt
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