The name Vaughan is a boy's name of Welsh origin meaning "small". Vaughan and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "1 Syllable Love, Like, Lose Name Game".
From the experts:
This familiar but never popular Welsh surname name might be a good Sean alternative-- and we're starting to hear some berrybuzz about it. Vaughn is an alternate spelling.
There have been three major musical bearers of the name: British classical composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1940's U.S. band leader and singer Vaughn Monroe and the great jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughan. And two more current surnamed Vaughans: comic actor Vince and musician Stevie Ray.