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Gender: M Meaning of Van: "of" Origin of Van: Dutch Van's Popularity in 2015: #826

Whether it's used as a short form or on its own, this jazzy midcentury name is poised for a comeback along with brothers Ray and Walt.

More often heard as a surname prefix (e.g. Vincent Van Gogh, Dick Van Dyke), Van by itself has had some notable bearers, such as musician Van Cliburn (born Harvey Kevan) and actors Van Johnson (born Charles Van) and Van Heflin (born Emmett Evan). Because of its common connection to surnames, it makes for an interesting middle name option. Van has reached as high as Number 265 in 1946 and is currently Number 826.

Famous People Named Van

Van Morrison, singer
Van Johnson, actor
Van Heflin, actor
Van McCann, singer from Catfish and the Bottlemen
Van Jones, CNN commentator, American environmental advocate, civil rights activist, and attorney
Trig Paxson Van Palin, son of Sarah Palin
Edward "Eddie" Van Halen, American singer
Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch painter

Pop Culture References for the name Van

Van, a main character in the anime "Escaflowne," pronounced Von/Vaughn
Van Montgomery, a main character on the WB/CW series "Reba"
Van Wilder, titular character of National Lampoon's 2002 film
Van Hohenheim, character in manga/anime, "Fullmetal Alchemist"

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