It is my feeling that the van Blaricum coat of arms does not properly belong to the descendents of Lubbert Gysbertsen van Blaricum. The coat of arms belongs to the "true" van Blaricum family that still has roots in Holland and uses the name. The coat of arms usually relates to a family with a given name that are land holders. Our relative and founder of the Van Blaricum family in America - Lubbert Gysbertsen - was not a true van Blaricum when he left Holland. He was most likely of peasant stock and only inherited the name because it described where he came from. I know, this is a disappointment, but is probably fact. However, it doesn't keep me from having the coat of arms on my hat.
June 03, 2000