Can also be a feminine nickname for Vanessa.
Hekate Rose  3/10/2020
This is a good name. Also naming your kid after an inanimate object isn't anything bad, there are a lot of people named after objects, like Booth, Ford, and other names of the same nature.
Covision  11/15/2019
Anyone commenting about naming your kid after a vehicle must not have ever met a Lincoln, Ford, Bentley, Opal or Mercedes (all somewhat well documented and common names in some areas/eras). People are named after plants, animals, minerals, Gods and objects, cars included, but the name Van goes back much further than meaning a vehicle. It's an old and strong name.
Dot1988  10/22/2019
"I love you, 2003 Chevrolet Astro"
"I love you too, dad."
10/10 name.
― Anonymous User  3/30/2019
In 2018, 56 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Van* who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 1, 426th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.

*as a first name, not a nickname.
― Anonymous User  10/15/2018
Van Heusen is a mid-range brand of dress shirts owned by PVH. Sister brand to Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, Arrow, Warner's, Olga, Speedo, True & Co, and Geoffrey Beene.
PinkJazzX  6/23/2018
My nickname is Van but people call me Vantha.
vantha  3/13/2018
Very hipster! I like that it's not popular. That's what makes it great. Single syllable, strong, commands attention. Will be my second boy's name!
dontbeboring  8/16/2017
The name Van was given to 234 boys born in the US in 2016.
86.36 percent of people with the first name Van are male.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2017
This name can also be pronounced VAHN.
― Anonymous User  2/12/2016
I have to defend this beautiful, masculine name! Especially to those who think of this as a vehicle. My husband's name is Van Thomas and it's short for Vangelis Thomaso which goes back hundreds of years on his Greek father's side of the family. Vangelis is pronounced (Awn-geh-lee) and means good news or good messenger, very angelic. There is something so gentle and unique about this name for a boy. We love it because of the family history, because no one else we know has it, and because it is so definitive of his character - both sensitive and extremely strong. I fully recommend this name or the more elaborate Greek version with Van as the nickname. Our son is Thomaso Vangelis... Love this name!
PS - my name is Siobhan (Shi-Van) so our names are similar. When we go to Japan the Japanese pronounce his name as Ban and mine as She-Ban. Very cute.
siobhan23  11/25/2014
I think Vann would be a much better spelling.
luckychansey  11/13/2013
Actor Van Johnson (born Charles Van Dell Johnson) is a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  4/21/2011
Van Montgomery, off of "Reba" tv show, he is hilarious! He is played by Steve Howey, and it's a joy to see "Reba" on to see Van and Barbara Jean have their hilariousness on the show.
Harvey1409  2/19/2010
Naming a child after a vehicle isn't a good idea.
― Anonymous User  8/7/2009
I think this is a really good name. It sounds very rugged. I would use "Evander" on the birth certificate, but call him Van.
Ashvarden  5/2/2009
Why would you name your kid after a vehicle? That's just stupid! This is also the name of a lake in Turkey, and that association isn't much better.
bananarama  7/25/2008
Could also be a nickname for Donovan.
FMRadio  5/9/2008
A famous bearer is actor Van Hansis (Luke on "As the World Turns", currently on stage in "Die Mommie Die") whose full name is Evan Vanfossen Hansis.
Isla  12/2/2007
Actor Van Johnson (b. 1916) was born Charles Van Johnson.

Actor Van Heflin (1910-1971) was born Emmett Evan Heflin Jr.
BlueSomehow  8/21/2007
Van can be a female nickname, as a short form of Vanessa.
CharlieRob  8/3/2007
Van Cliburn was a famous American concert pianist.
memomo  7/31/2007
Van Morrison, the Irish singer and musician.
― Anonymous User  5/30/2007
It is also a feminine nickname as a short form of Vanessa.
CharlieRob  5/9/2007
My name is Van, but I'm a girl. It's short for Vanessa.
― Anonymous User  9/10/2005

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