Gender: Male Meaning of Vaughn: "small" Origin of Vaughn: Welsh

Vaughn Origin and Meaning

The name Vaughn is a boy's name of Welsh origin meaning "small".

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.

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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?