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Origin & Meaning

The name Van is of Dutch origin.

The meaning of Van is "of, dyke".  

It is also of English and Vietnamese origin, where its meaning is "cloud or male".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 773 in baby name popularity for boys with 300 occurrences.  It ranked 6919 in popular baby names for girls with 18 occurrences. 

View the Van Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Van has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Van to other names.


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Van falls into the weather name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Van Johnson, Van Morrison.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Van in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Van.

Just for fun, see the name Van in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Van in Nautical Flags page.

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English names generally consist of a given name, middle name and family name. Many English speaking countries have fairly flexible naming laws. This allows the multicultural families that live in these countries to merge the naming conventions of their faiths or previous nationalities with their current homeland.

Biblical names are still very prevelant. Nature, literature, mythology, celebrity, surnames, variants of traditional names and newly invented names are all sources of English given names.

The evolution of English names in the U.K. can be traced to the various conquests and ruling power changes of its early history. The evolution of English names in America has been more influenced by the various influxes of immigrants from different parts of the world during different times in its history.