Van

Dutch
"of"

Van Origin and Meaning

The name Van is a boy's name of Dutch origin meaning "of".

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 reached as high as Number 265 in 1946.

# 915 in the US

Van Rank in US Top 1000

# 578 on Nameberry

Van Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Van Popularity

Famous People Named Van

  • Sie George Ivan (Van) MorrisonIrish singer,songwriter
  • (Charles) Van Dell JohnsonAmerican actor
  • Emmett Evan "Van" HeflinAmerican actor
  • Harvey Lavan "Van" CliburnAmerican pianist
  • Ryan Evan "Van" McCannEnglish lead singer of Catfish and the Bottlemen
  • Anthony Kapel "Van" JonesAmerican political activist and commentator
  • Evan Vanfossen "Van" HansisAmerican actor
  • Van Harold GreenAmerican NFL football player
  • Van NelsonAmerican distance runner
  • Van TiffinAmerican NFL football player
  • Trig Paxson Van Palinson of politician Sarah Palin
  • Edward "Eddie" Van HalenDutch,American rock guitarist
  • Vincent Van GoghDutch painter

Van in Pop Culture

  • Vana main character in the anime "Escaflowne," pronounced Von/Vaughn
  • Van Montgomerya main character on TV's "Reba"
  • "National Lampoon's Van Wilder" 2002 film about the title character
  • Van Hohenheimcharacter in manga/anime, "Fullmetal Alchemist"
  • Vana large motor vehicle
  • Van Deloreycharacter in Netflix's "American Vandal"

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