Of English origin.

Short for Vance and Ivan.

Often heard as a name suffix, e.g. Marco van Basten, Dick van Dyke, usually in Dutch names. As such, it means “of” or “from”.

Other forms of the name are Ivano, Ifan, Iwan, Giannis, Yannis, John, Ivo, Yves, etc.

Famous bearers are Van Morrison, Van Cliburn, Van Johnson, Van Vicker.

Van Morrison, is a multi-awarded singer and songwriter.

Experts consider him a true music innovator and poet.

He was awarded several Grammies and a Brit Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Music”.