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.

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”.