Which of the following names indicates nobility?
Vincent van Gogh
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Herbert von Karajan
All of the above
German 'von', when it is used as a part of a family name, it is usually a nobiliary particle, like the French, Galician, Spanish and Portuguese 'de'. In contrast to these, Dutch (or Flemish) 'van' simply means 'of', 'from' and is not an indication of nobility.