Van Family History
Van Name Meaning
Vietnamese (Vạn): from the Chinese surname 萬 see Wan Vietnamese (Văn): from the Chinese surnames 文 or 聞 see Wen 2 and 3 and also 5 below. Vietnamese (Vân): from the Chinese surname 雲 see Yun Chinese: variant of Fan and Wan . Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 文 see Wen Czech (Vaň): from a shortened pet form of the personal name Václav (see Vaclav ).7: English (London and Essex): variant of Vann . — Note: It is likely that in the population figure published by the US Census Bureau the Dutch and Flemish preposition van ‘from of’ which forms the first part of surnames such as Van Acker and Van Dyke is in some instances counted as an independent surname. Compare Vander .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press