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Origin: Dutch
Meaning: Noble Descent

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Van

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Van in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Van:

  • Records indicate that 24,687 boys in the United States have been named Van since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1953, when 574 people in the U.S. were given the name Van. Those people are now 67 years old.

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      30 Positive Comments

  • "My great grandpas name was Van so I grew up hearing it. I am pregnant t with a bit and want to name my son that! My husband loves the name too. It?s my first choice. It?s unique without being too weird and it?s a strong name and sounds cool." Feb. 14, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My father's name was Ivan, but everyone called him Van. My husband and I are expecting a little boy in August and I hope to name him Van, love the name and the memories it brings!" Jan. 28, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Van Edward. I love it - it is strong, masculine, and unusual without being weird or odd. His girlfriend adores it as well. Whenever I tell people his name I get positive replies. I'd recommend having a middle name with more than one syllable to offset the shortness of "Van." Since it ends in a consonant it has a short clipped sound and sounds good with a longer middle name." Jun. 22, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Named our son Van Ryker. Love love love the name. However people do say "hi Dan". Or they ask is it short for anything? I'm like nope, he is strictly Van. Fits him great!!! And I'm so happy it isn't popular!!!" Oct. 22, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Van Francis. I decided very quickly that this would be his name Van is short but strong and can stand on it's own and standing next to the femineness of Francis softens it. Francis is his fathers middle name and also a family name on my side. I think Francis is a very strong name after all how many badasses do you know named Frank. Really a name is just a name and the individual himself gives it meaning. My son is 4 and the connection with his name and the more famously known mode of transpiration hasn't really bothered him also haven't heard him be teased about it either. Except by adults. Van helsing and Van wilder by the philistines. Van Morrison and Van Gogh by the more sophisticated types. Van from Reba and Van Halen by your average 30-40-50 year olds. Really have to emphasize the 'V' on first introduction or you'll get "nice to meet you Dan"." Sep. 3, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son's name is Van Eben Ray. We couldn't decide on a name for our baby boy and the moment he was born, my husband said, "Van" and I agreed as we both love Van Morrison and wanted a unique but simple masculine name. It's perfect with his middle names too, which is after both of our Grandfathers on the paternal side. He's our Lil Van Man!" Aug. 30, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son who was born in 2006 Van. I love his name and so does he! Our wedding Song was a Van Morrison song too! <3" Oct. 17, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I are huge Van Morrison fans. We danced our first dance at our wedding to "Crazy Love" by Van of course we named our son Van. We get tons of compliments on how unique it is. However, people often call him Ben or Dan and we have to correct them. :)" Nov. 11, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "In 2011 we named our baby boy Van Ricci (Ricci is a family name). People love his name and so do we!! :)" May. 22, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend's last name is Vanderwal, but everyone calls him Van. I think it's a really cool name; it's short, it's masculine and it's original. When people don't recognize what his name is at first I'll say it's 'Van', like 'Van Halen.' If we ever have kids *fingers crossed* I'd like to give them names that have Van in them, like Vanessa or Evan." Apr. 5, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Vanden Kai, but we usually call Him Van..I think its a really cool name because its not something you hear everyday, and its a strong name." May. 18, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Van, but i'm a female, actually, in my language, Van is a name for girl mostly, and it means "Cloud"" Oct. 31, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Van is my name. Pronounced Van like a moving Van. Never met anyone else besides my dad and my grandpa name Van." Oct. 26, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son was born Aug 2009 and his names is Van Scott!!! I Love it" May. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My baby boy is due October and his name is Van Michael" May. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am expecting my first son late August 2010 and his name will be Van in remembrance of my Husbands grandfather who's last name was Van but used it as his first name!! I love this name." May. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I thought Van was French/Vietnamese middle name. But it's Dutch?" Mar. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my husband and i are expecting our first baby in late September and if it is a boy we're going with Van. I just love how it sounds...Van Michael..." Mar. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wife and I are having a baby in June. We find out if it is a boy or a girl in a little more than a week. If it is a boy we have been decided on the name Van for a long while...well at least I have. I love this name! It's a classic but so uncommon today, and my favorite artist happens to be Van Morrison so it was an easy choice. I am leaning towards Van Marshall." Jan. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Everett Van. His great grandpa's middle name was Everett and his grandpa's middle name is Van....2 great family names." Oct. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just found out today that we're having a boy and we're considering Van... It just sounds good :) Van Allen (My middle name is Allen)" Sep. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my boyfriends name is van! its the best guy name ever !" Sep. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Am pregnant with my fourth child and hoping for another little boy who I will call Vans. An alternative of Van. My parents are both dutch and my dad's (missed and deceased) name is Hans Van der meer. A sentimental favourite." Aug. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't know. I think you say it the same as the word van, not von. My experience is that Vaughn is pronounced "von", not Van! I know someone named Van. He's the only one I've ever known named that. Good name! Thumbs up! I like Van Michael (pronounced van) and Vaughn (pronounced von) Jacob as names." Jul. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are having a baby this November and if it's a boy his name is definitely going to be Van- we love it and like that it's unique, but not so much so to be weird." Jun. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Van. When I met his father, he always told me he wanted to name his little boy van. I obviously agreed to it. I love my son's name. It is often mispronounced as dan and ben. We have never met anyone else with this name." Jun. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We had a little boy on October 7th, 2008. We named him Van and we LOVE IT! He joins brother, Aidan. I do agree, sometimes when people ask me what his name is they respong with, "Dan", and I have to correct them! lol." Jan. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am pregnant and if its a boy his name will be Van! being of dutch decent I wanted a name that would have cultural meaning but also be stylish! Van it is :)" Jan. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name!! The love of my life, his name is Van. We had a beautiful son and he's none other than, DRUM ROLL PLEASE.... Van Jr.!!!" Jul. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Van, and I've had varying reactions when I tell people my name. Some think I'm saying Dan or Vance. I end up telling them, "Van! Y'know, like you drive?" and make a gesture like I'm turning a steering wheel. Others, once they get to know me, jokingly call me Truck or SUV. Van is a unique name, so when someone calls it out, I know they're talking about me." Nov. 25, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      16 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is van and people question me every time I tell them my name and van is a very uncommon name where I live and when somebody says my name I know they are talking about me and I have never met anyone else mamed van" Jan. 1, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Grandson's name is Paris Van but we call him Van. My Dad and brother's middle name is Van. I thought it was a wonderful way to honor them and keep the name in the family" Jun. 19, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our baby boy is Van Austin. LOVE LOVE LOVE his name and HIM!! 😊😊😊" Sep. 12, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son, born 5.6.2014 is named Van Lucas. We love the name Van and we love our little man!" Dec. 1, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son who just turned two is named Vance but we call him Van for short. I love his name and get nothing but great feedback about it. My only problem is coming up with a brother name just in case we have another. I also have a daughter named Aurora.hope my kids continue to love their names" May. 27, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just named my son Vannen and we call him Van, I love this name, I think it's original and cool sounding without being strange." Aug. 15, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's name is Ivan and he would really like a junior. I agree, as long as we have a name to call the baby that can be his name all the time-- not just an affectionate name at home, but he goes by Ivan at school-- so, we're thinking Van, although the full name will be Ivan. :)" Apr. 2, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Van David...but David is my dad's first name." May. 5, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I are expecting a son in March and we will be naming him Van David. We don't know anyone else with the name. We saw it in a baby name book and both love it!" Dec. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 9 year old son is called Van middle name John I have never met or heard of anyone else with the name van as the first name. Have always had loads of positive comments about it though." Dec. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Theron Van...a guy on the radio one day said it was a "chick gettin" name...I laughed alot...though I have had my share of success..haha" Sep. 26, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have the most vantastic 3year old son! His name is Van Hastings!" Sep. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I told my Daughter to name her little boy that she is having Van after my great, great, great,great,great Grandfather cheif Vann he was the Cheif from the trail of tears.... My Mothers Father was named after him, his name was Van B Tatum they were cherokee Indain... Maybe she will name his middle name this.. His first name will be Kaden... So maybe she will name him Kaden Van.Wish me luck :-)" Aug. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandpa's and my uncle's name is Van. Their last name is Gibson so people most often think Van is a part of their last name (Van Gibson) and wonder what their first name is. I absolutely love the name and am thinking about naming one of my future sons Van!" Aug. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Van. I say "Von" and am frequently miscalled Evan, John, Don and Ron. I get teased sometimes for "Vons" supermarket, Vans shoes and of course the vehicle spelled the same, but I love my name." Mar. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name but people always think that you say Dan when you introduce yourself." Aug. 20, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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