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Van

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 33 0 33
1881 32 0 32
1882 46 0 46
1883 31 0 31
1884 38 0 38
1885 38 0 38
1886 41 0 41
1887 32 0 32
1888 37 6 31
1889 34 0 34
1890 27 0 27
1891 48 0 48
1892 35 0 35
1893 42 0 42
1894 32 0 32
1895 34 0 34
1896 37 0 37
1897 38 0 38
1898 38 0 38
1899 32 0 32
1900 62 5 57
1901 34 0 34
1902 40 7 33
1903 38 0 38
1904 36 5 31
1905 34 0 34
1906 25 0 25
1907 36 7 29
1908 36 0 36
1909 45 0 45
1910 45 0 45
1911 53 0 53
1912 85 0 85
1913 89 7 82
1914 145 11 134
1915 179 6 173
1916 195 10 185
1917 168 6 162
1918 198 7 191
1919 187 7 180
1920 225 8 217
1921 253 9 244
1922 228 20 208
1923 201 10 191
1924 239 5 234
1925 236 9 227
1926 234 14 220
1927 222 13 209
1928 232 9 223
1929 202 12 190
1930 227 6 221
1931 193 8 185
1932 193 0 193
1933 227 10 217
1934 198 15 183
1935 194 12 182
1936 178 6 172
1937 203 10 193
1938 228 10 218
1939 194 12 182
1940 189 13 176
1941 225 5 220
1942 214 0 214
1943 269 14 255
1944 308 15 293
1945 478 12 466
1946 585 18 567
1947 581 12 569
1948 507 13 494
1949 518 7 511
1950 490 9 481
1951 511 14 497
1952 552 17 535
1953 591 19 572
1954 590 18 572
1955 574 27 547
1956 489 16 473
1957 478 23 455
1958 468 19 449
1959 533 28 505
1960 494 16 478
1961 545 16 529
1962 495 15 480
1963 470 22 448
1964 415 20 395
1965 421 14 407
1966 361 12 349
1967 335 13 322
1968 289 11 278
1969 253 5 248
1970 250 10 240
1971 223 10 213
1972 191 6 185
1973 183 7 176
1974 165 0 165
1975 161 9 152
1976 165 19 146
1977 174 17 157
1978 162 15 147
1979 179 18 161
1980 193 41 152
1981 173 31 142
1982 179 48 131
1983 219 58 161
1984 166 42 124
1985 193 50 143
1986 182 32 150
1987 192 48 144
1988 158 28 130
1989 170 32 138
1990 163 25 138
1991 134 23 111
1992 153 29 124
1993 127 25 102
1994 118 14 104
1995 91 13 78
1996 113 17 96
1997 90 9 81
1998 116 14 102
1999 104 9 95
2000 99 15 84
2001 113 16 97
2002 126 16 110
2003 148 5 143
2004 164 11 153
2005 184 10 174
2006 226 12 214
2007 267 5 262
2008 274 0 274
2009 307 12 295
2010 310 12 298
2011 306 23 283
2012 276 27 249
2013 266 13 253
2014 318 18 300
2015 295 24 271

Fun Facts about the name Van

  • How many people with the first name Van have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 28,556 babies born with the first name Van in the United States. That's more than enough people named Van to occupy the territory of Aland Islands (Finland) with an estimated population of 28,355 (as of December 31, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Van? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 33 new born babies.
  • When was Van first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Van is Saturday, December 24th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Van born? The highest recorded use of the first name Van was in 1953 with a total of 572 babies.
  • Random Van Factoid: According to the 2007 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Van is not a popular baby boy's name in Michigan. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Michigan have the same name as you in 2007.
  • Weird things about the name Van: Your name in reverse order is Nav. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Avn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Van? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 10,798 people with the last name Van.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Van? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Van as their last name.

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Popularity of Van as a first name

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Common last names for Van

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  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Jackson
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Hall
  • Morgan

Common first names for Van

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Van U.S.
  White 22.18% 64.26%
  African American 6.30% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 67.23% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.39% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.10% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.81% 16.26%

Of Last Name Van

People with the last name Van are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Van" mean? The list below shows the origins of Van as well as things modernly associated with the name Van such as celebrities named Van.

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Origin and Meaning of Van

The name "Van" is of American origin, and it means "From the Family of". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Van
The front of an army; the first line or leading column; also, the front line or foremost division of a fleet, either in sailing or in battle.

Etymology: Abbrev. fr. vanguard

noun Van
A shovel used in cleansing ore.

Etymology: Cornish

verb Van
To wash or cleanse, as a small portion of ore, on a shovel.
noun Van
Senses
  1. A light wagon, either covered or open, used by tradesmen and others for the transportation of goods.(Eng)
  2. A large covered wagon for moving furniture, etc., also for conveying wild beasts, etc., for exhibition.
  3. A closed railway car for baggage. See the Note under Car, 2.(Eng)

Etymology: Abbreviated from caravan

noun Van
Senses
  1. A fan or other contrivance, as a sieve, for winnowing grain.
  2. Etymology: OF. vanne, F. vanneau beam feather (cf. It. vanno a wing) fr. L. vannus. See Etymology above

    A wing with which the air is beaten.(Archaic)"/Angels] on their plumy vansreceived him." [Milton.]"He wheeled in air, and stretched his vans in vain; His vans no longer could his flight sustain." [Dryden.]

Etymology: L. vannus a van, or fan for winnowing grain: cf. F. van. Cf. Fan Van a wing Winnow

verb Van
To fan, or to cleanse by fanning; to winnow.

Etymology: Cf. F. vanner to winnow, to fan. See Van a winnowing machine

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A truck with an enclosed cargo space
  2. A camper equipped with living quarters
  3. (Great Britain) a closed railroad car that carries baggage or freight
  4. The leading units moving at the head of an army
  5. Any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)
Akhtamar Island on Lake Van, with the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, a 10th century Armenian church and monastic complex
  1. A large saline lake in eastern Turkey. One of three great tectonic lakes of the Armenian Highland. Famous for its Chalcalburnus tarichi fish and the 10th century Armenian cathedral on Akhtamar Island.
  2. A city on the shore of that lake.

Borrowing from Armenian Վան (Van), in many cases via Turkish Van.

  1. A large saline lake in eastern Turkey. One of three great tectonic lakes of the Armenian Highland. Famous for its Chalcalburnus tarichi fish and the 10th century Armenian cathedral on Akhtamar Island.
  2. A city on the shore of that lake.

    Van was also found in the following language(s): Turkish

    Notable Persons With the Name Van

    Sir Van Morrison

    Sir Van Morrison is a rock music, rhythm, blues, folk music, soul music, celtic music, jazz, country music, and gospel music musician and singer-songwriter. He plays Vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums, Harmonica, Saxophone, Tambourine, and Ukulele. He holds the title Brown Eyed Girl", Astral Weeks, Wavelength", and Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl. He was most active from 1958 to present. Van was given the name George Ivan Morrison on August 31st, 1945 in Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Van is also known as Van the Man and The Belfast Cowboy.

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    Van Jones

    Van Jones is an activism, author, advocacy journalism, lawyer, activist, commentator, and attorney. Van was given the name Anthony Kapel Jones on September 20th, 1968 in Jackson, Tennessee, United States.

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    Van Johnson

    Van Johnson was an actor, dancer, and singer. He was most prominent from 1935 to 1992. Van was given the name Charles Van Dell Johnson on August 25th, 1916 in Newport, Rhode Island, U.S. He died on December 12th, 2008.

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    Van Heflin

    Van Heflin was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1928 to 1928. Van was given the name Emmett Evan Heflin, Jr. on December 13th, 1908 in Walters, Oklahoma, U.S. He passed away on July 23rd, 1971.

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    Van Dyke Parks

    Van Dyke Parks is a musician. He plays Moog modular synthesizer. He holds the title Harpers Bizarre – "High Coin" from Anything Goes, Palm Desert" from Song Cycle, and Clang Of The Yankee Reaper" from Clang Of The Yankee Reaper. His ongoing career started in 1953. Van was born Van Dyke Parks on January 3rd, 1943 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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    Van Cliburn

    Van Cliburn was a classical music pianist. He plays Piano. He was most prominent from 1946 to 2013. Van was given the name Harvey Lavan Cliburn Jr. on July 12th, 1934. Van is also known as Van Cliburn. He passed away on February 27th, 2013.

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    • Van Williams
      (actor)
    • Van Hansis
      (film)
    • Van Hammer
      (wrestler)
    • Van Thomas Barfoot
      (famous person)
    • Van Conner
      (musician)
    • Van Hunt
      (musician)
    • Van Chancellor
      (college coach)
    • Van Fan
      (leading somebody)
    • Van Tran
      (politician)
    • Van Patrick
      (leading somebody)
    • Van Alexander
      (bandleader)
    • Van Hilleary
      (politician)
    • Van Mungo
      (baseball player)
    • Van Praet
      (famous human)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Van

    Bobby Van

    Bobby Van was an actor, singer, dancer, and game show host. His most notable accomplishments were from 1950 to 1980. Bobby was given the name Robert Jack Stein on December 6th, 1928 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S. He breathed his last breath on July 31st, 1980.

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    Jessika Van

    Jessika Van is a famed person.

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    Ngô Thanh Vân

    Ngô Thanh Vân is a pop music and dance music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to 1999. Ngô was given the name Ngo Thanh Van on February 26th, 1979. Ngô is also known as NTV Virus.

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    Tomiko Van

    Tomiko Van is a j-pop, rock music, and jazz singer-songwriter. She was most active from 1999 to 2005. Tomiko was born on January 9th, 1979 in Yamato, Kumamoto, Japan. Tomiko is also known as Ban-chan.

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    Billy Van

    Billy Van was an actor, sketch comedian, singer, and sketch comedy. He was most active from 1950 to 2000. Billy was given the name William Allan Van Evera in 1934 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He passed away on January 8th, 2003.

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    Marina de Van

    Marina de Van is a film director, screenwriter, and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1993. Marina was born on February 8th, 1971 in France.

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    What does the name Van mean?

    Vis for valor, your strength.

    Ais for accomplished, in all that you do.

    Nis for number one, make sure to take care of yourself above all others

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