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.
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).
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.