Van Meter, Van Metre and Van Mater are American surnames derived from the Dutch surname Van Meteren. Most are descendants of Jan Joosten van Meteren who in 1662 settled in Wiltwijck, New Netherlands, now Kingston, New York. The surname is a toponym, meaning "from Meteren" in Gelderland, the Netherlands.
Jacobus van Meteren (1519 ?), Dutch financier and printer of early English versions of the Bible
Emanuel van Meteren (1535 1612), historian and Consul for "the Traders of the Low Countries" in London, son of Jacobus
Harry von Meter (1871 1956), an American silent film actor