Originally from Veghel and Uden, the Netherlands.
The translation of the family name in English is “from the Hill”.
There are (small) hills, mostly a kind of dunes or sand ridges, in the Netherlands. The origin of our family is from the region Veghel, a place in the south-east of the Netherlands.
In Veghel there is a hamlet named Heuvel. Heuvel was first mentioned in 1394 as Den Hoevel, possibly referring to the fief Heuvel. The hamlet / fief was most likely named Heuvel because it is located on a sand ridge (heuvel in dutch).
Van den Heuvel is a very common name in the Netherlands.
The lithograph of the family tree was made by J.F. Demelinne, ´s Hertogenbosch (NL), and commissioned by Antonius van den Heuvel (1803-1864) in 1858. The original lithograph is with gold and silver, where the silver is a bit oxidized.
The family crest on the lithograph of the family tree is a graphic decoration of this lithography.
It shows three lime-trees / linden on hills / a sand ridge. A lime tree was a very common tree on the sandy soils of this region.
The three trees on the hills represent the three sons of the ancestor/forefather: Joannes, Gerardus and Antonius. They represent the three branches of the graphic family tree.
The graphic family tree seems to be an oak tree.
Here you can find the known genealogy of the family (in Dutch).