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Boy Name: Van

Name: Van
Pronunciation: \van\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy (Van's also a girl name)
Meaning: of
Origin: Danish
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)

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