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Meaning and name origin

Van \van\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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 3 variant forms: Vann, Von and Vonn.

There is 1 feminine form of Van: Vanna.


Van is a very popular first name for males (#484 out of 1220, Top 40%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4187 out of 88799, Top 5%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Van for boys. Van reached its highest rank of #286 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Van name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Van outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Van and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Evan (#58), Van (#773) and Von. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Evan, Van, Von in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Evan outside U.S.

Similar Names

Van is also pronounced similarly 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.