Gender / Sex: boy (Van's also a girl name)
Sounds Like: Vane, Vin
Variant forms: Vann, Von, Vonn
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 484
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 4187
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.
View a list of the 12 names that reference Van.
Van is a very popular first name for men (#484 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#4187 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)