Van Coeverden

Welcome to the Van Coeverden family website! We are one of the oldest aristocratic families from the Netherlands, with a rich history dating back to the 13th century.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our family’s history and legacy.

The founder of Vancouver

Once upon a time, in the town of King’s Lynn in Norfolk, England, there lived a family by the name of Van Coeverden. They were descendants of the titled Van Coeverden family, one of the oldest in Holland. Members of the Van Coeverden family held high positions in Coevorden, Drenthe and also in Groningen.They were responsible for the daily administration.

John Jasper Van Coeverden, a former sheriff and deputy collector of customs at King’s Lynn, married Bridget Berners, daughter of an old Essex and Norfolk family that traced its ancestry back to Sir Richard Grenville of Revenge fame. Together they had six children, the youngest of whom was named George.

George was an adventurous boy and at the age of 13 he entered the Royal Navy as a “young gentleman”, a future candidate for midshipman. He sailed with Captain James Cook on his second and third voyages and later took command of his own expedition to the northwest coast of North America.

During his expedition, George explored and charted North America’s northwestern Pacific Coast regions with great precision. He named many places after himself and his family, including Vancouver Island and the city of Vancouver in British Columbia.

George’s legacy lived on long after his death in 1798. His name is still remembered today as one of the greatest explorers of his time.