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pinWhat 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 3 variants: Vann, Von and Vonn.

Van has 14 more different relations via Evan: Euan, Euen, Ev, Eva, Evann, Evans, Even, Evin, Evo, Evyn, Ewan, Ewen, Ewy and Owen.

Van has 1 feminine form: Vanna.

Kreatif forms: Vanney, Vanro, Vantu. [more]

pinHow popular is Van?

Van is a very popular first name for men (#484 out of 1220, Top 40%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#2653 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Van for boys. Van entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #286 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #773. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

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). Other forms, like Evyn, are uncommon. These relations of Van were at the height of their popularity a century ago (adoption of 0.324%) and are almost as popular today (adoption 0.267%, 18%), but with versions such as Van becoming somewhat outmoded. Owen and Evan are two of the more fashionable baby names in this compilation, and there is a rebound in baby name usage for Evan and Owen.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Euan, Evan, Ewan, Owen outside U.S.

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Van is alike in pronunciation to Vane, Vaughn and Vin. Other suggested similar baby names are Ban, Dan, Ean, Han, Ian, Jan, Man, Tan, Val, Xan and Zan. These names tend to be less commonly used than Van.