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Van 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.
Van has 3 variant forms: Vann, Von and Vonn.
Baby names that sound like Van are Vane and Vin.
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Popularity of Van
Van is a very popular first name for men (#484 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4187 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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