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.
Van has 1 feminine form: Vanna.Kreatif forms: Vanney, Vanro, Vantu. [more]
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), 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.
Thinking of names?
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.