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’.
~ Gloria Feldt
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.