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Gender: Male Meaning of Vaughn: "small" Origin of Vaughn: Welsh Vaughn's Popularity in 2017: #962

The name Vaughn is a boy's name of Welsh origin meaning "small". Vaughn is ranked #962 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose BOYS - with middle names".

From the experts:

Vaughn, also commonly spelled Vaughan, has been used quietly over the years, reaching a peak of Number 349 in 1949. It is now in the process of rediscovery, being seen as a good Sean alternative or an updated way to honor an ancestral Paul (which also means small).

In the recent past, Vaughn Meader was a comedian famed for his JFK impressions, and Vaughn Monroe was a popular singer-bandleader.

More frequently seen as a last name than a first, Vaughn has drawn particular attention in recent years via leading man Vince Vaughn, and before that was notable in the entertainment world by The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Robert Vaughn, singer Sarah Vaughan, and guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. Michael Vaughn is a fictional character on Alias, played by Michael Vartan.

Find other names based on Vaughn using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Vaughn

Vaughn Martin, Jamaican-Canadian NFL football player
(Abbott) Vaughn Meader, American comedian and impressionist
Vaughn Wilton Monroe, American singer, actor and bandleader
Vaughn Bode, American cartoonist and illustrator
Vaughn Joseph Taylor, American golfer
Vaughn Harlen Hebron, American NFL football player
Vaughn Lowery, American actor
Vaughn Gittin, American racing driver
Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott aka Joey Badass, American rapper
Vaughn Evelyn Levesque, daughter of pro wrestler Triple H
Robert Vaughn, rancher and founder of Vaughn, Montana

Pop Culture References for the name Vaughn

Vaughn Ashby, Character in The Chemical Gardens Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
Vaughn, character in J.G. Ballard's "Crash: A Novel"
Vaughn, hippie character on TV's 'Community'
Michael Vaughn, character on TV's "Alias"
Vaughn, common nickname used instead of Junior
Vaughn, a character in the TellTale video game, "Tales from the Boardlands"
Vaughn, bachelor in Harvest Moon games "Island of Happiness" and "Sunshine Islands"
Vaughn, character in Kirsty McKay's "The Assassin Game"
Vaughn Sellars, character on TV's Call the midwife


stella2007 Says:


That's a great name! I like the way you pronounce your son's name. If I choose this name I would pronounce it the same like vorn/dawn.

headintheclouds Says:


Vaughn seems like it could be mainstream due to its Irishy-surname feel, but I've only met one Vaughn before, a man in his mid-twenties. I think it would make a good choice for those whose preferences lean towards names like Sean, Ryan, Kevin etc. but want something more offbeat. But personally, I dislike the slightly nasally sound of Vaughn and the "augh" part of the spelling.
Side note: I really want to hear how someone with a thick Boston or Brooklyn accent would pronounce Vaughn :b (Vahn!)

Jen Carroll Says:


My son's name is Vaughn Addison. It rhymes with "Sean/Shawn" or "Dawn". I think the original Welsh pronunciation is "Von".

Guest Says:


like Vahn

Nooshi Says:


When I have heard it, it rhymed with Dawn.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I believed it is pronounced like VON

Guest Says:


How is this pronounced?