The Havenga Family

"So who's side of the family do you take after?"

As with other-name names, from the Middle Ages – Names were transferred to the house and country of the families concerned. It was not unusual for new residents to take over the name so that their meaning actually changed:

Havinga = ‘living on the Havinks-estate’.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

~ Confucious


As narated by Daniël Jacobus Havenga, Pte 8660, 2nd South African Infantry Brigade

Knowing your history can give you the tools to chape your future.

~ Gloria Feldt

Take a trip through our journey of discovery

Checking and cross checking, following up with family and organisations, verifying and making notes and finally, after 6 years we are ready to publish our family tree and other interesting snippets on the internet.

Special thanks to Roelf Havinga from Maastrcht, Netherlands for a huge chunk of information. His assitance helped us pinpoint the arrival in 1755 of the progenitor of the surname Havenga in South Africa.

His documents also chart a further 7 generations back “home” in the Netherlands and indicate a possible linage going back to 1550 in Beerta (or Finsterwolde).

These pages are dedicated to Daniël Jacobus Havenga,
his sons, Charles Peter and Arthur Daniel, and their families.

If you're a Havenga, find your branch in our tree!

If you’re interested in copies or wish to contribute to this page, please make use of the contact page on this website, you’ll find it here!