Van Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Van:
Derived from the English surname Van. It is from the Middle English vanne and the Middle French van, words denoting a type of old winnowing machine. Alternatively, the name can be a borrowing of the Dutch Van, an element in family names which means "of, from" and indicates place of origin. Var: Vann.
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FEMININE FORMS: Jane, Janessa, Janice, Janis, Jayne, Jean, Jeana, Jeane, Jeanna, Jeanne, Joan, Joann, Joanna, Joanne, Johanna, Johnna, Shan, Shauna, Shavonne, Shawna, Sheena
OTHER LANGUAGES: Deshaun, Deshawn, Keshaun, Keshawn, Rashawn (African American), Gjon (Albanian), Yahya, Yuhanna (Arabic), Hovhannes, Ohannes (Armenian), Ganix, Ion, Jon (Basque), Yan (Belarusian), John (Biblical), Ioannes (Biblical Greek), Yehochanan, Yochanan (Biblical Hebrew), Iohannes (Biblical Latin), Yann (Breton), Ioan, Ivan, Yan, Yoan, Ivo, Yanko (Bulgarian), Joan, Jan (Catalan), Jowan (Cornish), Ghjuvan (Corsican), Ivan, Ivica, Ivo, Vanja (Croatian), Ivan, Jan, Johan (Czech), Jan, Jens, Johan, Johannes, Jon (Danish), Jan, Johan, Johannes (Dutch), Johano (Esperanto), Jaan, Johannes, Juhan (Estonian), Jani, Janne, Johannes, Joni, Jouni, Juhana, Juhani (Finnish), Jean, Yann (French), Xoán (Galician), Ioane, Ivane, Vano (Georgian), Jan, Johann, Johannes (German), Gianni, Giannis, Ioannis, Yanni, Yannis, Yianni, Yiannis (Greek), Keoni (Hawaiian), Yochanan (Hebrew), János (Hungarian), Jóhann, Jóhannes, Jón (Icelandic), Eoin, Sean, Seán, Shane (Irish), Giovanni, Ivano (Italian), Johannes, Joannes (Late Roman), Jānis (Latvian), Sjang, Sjeng (Limburgish), Jonas (Lithuanian), Johan (Low German), Ivan, Jovan, Ivo (Macedonian), Ean, Juan (Manx), Hann, Jan, Jon (Medieval English), Jehan (Medieval French), Jan, Jens, Johan, Johannes, Jon (Norwegian), Joan (Occitan), Yahya (Persian), Iwan, Jan, Janusz (Polish), João (Portuguese), Ioan, Ion, Iancu, Ionel, Ionuț, Nelu (Romanian), Ioann, Ivan, Vanya (Russian), Juhán (Sami), Eoin, Iain, Ian (Scottish), Ivan, Jovan, Ivica, Ivo, Vanja (Serbian), Ján (Slovak), Ivan, Jan, Janez, Žan (Slovene), Iván, Juan, Xuan (Spanish), Jan, Jens, Johan, Johannes, Jon (Swedish), Yahya (Turkish), Ivan (Ukrainian), Evan, Iefan, Ieuan, Ifan, Ioan, Iwan, Siôn (Welsh)
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The boy I used to many had this name! Sooo cute
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