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What does Van mean?

Van Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: surname.


Van has 3 variants: Vann, Von and Vonn.

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

1 feminine form: Vanna.

Creative forms:
(male) Ven, Venn, ..

(female) Vaca, ..

Middle name pairings:
Van Julian (V.J.), ..

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)

Van entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #286 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #826. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Van name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Owen (#36 in 2015), Evan (#67), Ewan (#1284), Evin (#1947), Von, Vann, Eva, Evans and Euan are the prominent related forms of Van (#826 in 2015). Other forms, like Ewy, are uncommon. These relations of Van were at the height of their popularity a decade ago (adoption of 0.96%) and are almost as popular today (adoption 0.84%, 13%), but with the version Evans becoming somewhat outmoded. Owen is the most fashionable baby name in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Van, Eva, Evan, Evans, Evin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ewan, Owen, Vann, Von in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.