What does Van mean?
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.
Associated with: surname
Van has 1 feminine form: Vanna.Kreatif forms:
(male) Vanne, Venn, ..
(female) Vanni, Vanta, ..
How 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)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Van and affiliated names. Owen (#36 in 2014), Evan (#58), Ewan (#1174), Vann, Von, Evin, Eva, Evans and Euan are the prominent related forms of Van (#773 in 2014). Other forms, like Ewy, are uncommon. These relations of Van were at the height of their popularity less than a decade ago (adoption of 0.96%) and are almost as popular today (adoption 0.85%, ▼12%), but with the version Evans becoming somewhat outmoded. Owen and Evan are two of the more fashionable baby names in this compilation.
Van is alike in pronunciation to Vane, Vaughn▲ and Vin. Other suggested similar names are Ban, Dan▼, Ean▲, Han, Ian▲, Jan▼, Man, Tan, Val, Xan and Zan. These names tend to be less commonly used than Van.