What does Van mean?
Van \van\ as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Van) is pronounced van. It is of Danish origin, and the meaning of Van is "of". Equivalent of "de" in French names. Also a nickname for Evan. Van was sometimes converted from a surname prefix to a given name by early immigrants to America. The name became familiar in the 1950s due to actors Van Johnson and Van Heflin. Pianist Van Cliburn; actor Van Johnson.
Van has 1 feminine form: Vanna.
Van is a very popular first name for men (#484 out of 1220, Top 40%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#4187 out of 88799, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Van for boys. Van reached its peak position of #286 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #773. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Van and affiliated names. Owen (#36 in 2014), Evan (#58), Von, Evans, Eva, Euan and Ewan are the prominent related forms of Van (#773 in 2014). This boy name was at the height of its popularity during 1890-1899 and is somewhat less popular today, with the versions Van and Evans becoming less stylish. Owen (#36) and Evan (#58) are two of the more fashionable baby names in this compilation, with Evan and Owen enjoying a rebound in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Van▼ is alike in pronunciation to Vane and Vin. Other suggested similar baby names are Ban, Dan▼, Ean▼, Han, Ian▲, Jan▼, Man, Tan, Val▼, Vanya, Xan and Zan. These names tend to be less commonly used than Van.