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Van meaning and name origin
Van \van\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Van), is pronounced van. It is of Danish origin, and the meaning of Van is "of". The Dutch equivalent of "de" in French names. When some early immigrants to America dropped this prefix from their surnames, they converted it to a given name. Van is also used as a short form of Vanessa.
For more information, see also the related name Vanna.
Baby names that sound like Van are Fan and Vana. Other similar baby names are Nan, Jan, San and Val.
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Popularity of Van
Van is a very popular first name for women (#1716 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4187 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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