Van Name Meaning

Vietnamese: unexplained. Dutch (De Van): metonymic occupational name for a winnower or a maker of winnowing fans, from Middle Dutch van(ne) ‘fan’. English: Western English variant of Fann. Czech (Van): from a pet form of the personal name Václav, Old Czech Veceslav (see Vacek). Ukrainian: from a short form of the personal name Ivan, Slavic form of John.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Kan, Jan, Vas, Pan, Man, Han, Wan, Ban, Ivan, Vana

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Van Family Origin

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Van Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Van occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Van's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Van family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Van.

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  • Farmer

    35%
  • Laborer

    14%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

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Van Historical Records

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Van Life Expectancy

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Between 1951 and 2004, Van life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Van in 1951 was 46, and 76 in 2004.

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