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Origins of the Van surname

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About the Vans

We have a total number of 76151 records for people with the last name Van.

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Where do most Vans live?

In 1921, most Vans lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Vans

How common is your surname?

You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 16,300 records for the Van surname. The oldest one dates back to 1603.

Who were Vans most likely to marry?

Smiths

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Van Dykes

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Vans.

What are the most common Van first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Maria

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Van family members

Common jobs for Vans

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Vans in 1921
Living On Own Means

67

Dressmaker

56

None

46

Tailoress

35

Private Means

28

Common Male occupations for Vans in 1921
Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers

786

Farm Hands

635

General Farmers

369

Tinsmiths

345

Clerks

244

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