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 1881, Farmer, Book-Binder and Prentice Cabinet Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Van. A less common occupation for the Van family was RÉgisseur. The most common Van occupation in Canada was Farmer. 33% of Van's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    33%
  • Book-Binder

    17%
  • Prentice Cabinet Maker

    17%
  • RÉgisseur

    17%

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Van Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 680,000 immigration records available for the last name Van. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 364,000 military records available for the last name Van. For the veterans among your Van ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Van Life Expectancy

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Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, 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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