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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

George Ivan "Van" Morrison, Northern Irish singer-songwriter
(Charles) Van Dell Johnson, American actor
Emmett Evan "Van" Heflin, American actor
Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn, American pianist
Ryan Evan "Van" McCann, English lead singer of Catfish and the Bottlemen
Anthony Kapel "Van" Jones, American political activist and commentator
Evan Vanfossen "Van" Hansis, American actor
Van Harold Green, American NFL football player
Van Nelson, American distance runner
Van Tiffin, American NFL football player
Trig Paxson Van Palin, son of politician Sarah Palin
Edward "Eddie" Van Halen, Dutch-American rock guitarist
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 TV's "Reba"
"National Lampoon's Van Wilder," 2002 film about the title character
Van Hohenheim, character in manga/anime, "Fullmetal Alchemist"
Van, a large motor vehicle

Vander, Vane, Vann, Vanno, Von, Vonn