What does Dan mean?
Dan [dan] as a boys' name is pronounced dan. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Dan is "judge; God is my judge". Biblical: Dan was the fifth son of Jacob and founder of one of the 12 tribes of Israel. While Dan is an independent name, it's also used as a short form of Daniel. Actors Dan Ackroyd, Dan Blocker.
Dan▼ has 1 variant: Dann.Creative forms:
(male) Darn, Denn, ..
(female) Dado, Dant, .. Middle name pairings:
Dan Thomas (D.T.), ..
How popular is Dan?
Dan is a very prominent first name for males (#179 out of 1220, Top 15%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#12317 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Dan entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its peak rank of #105 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #1723. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant form and related boy names. Daniel (#12 last year), Danny (#426), Dane (#626), Danilo (#1029), Danial, Dann and Dannie are the prominent related forms of Dan (#1723 last year). Other forms, like Danil, are uncommon. These forms of Dan were popular as birth names 4 decades ago (median #865) and are now much less popular (#1227, ▼62%). Daniel is a constant favorite, although Danilo seems to be gaining favor too, while forms such as Dan have become less popular.
Dan▼ is alike in pronunciation to Dajuan, Deane, Deen, Deion▼, Dejuan, Den, Deonn, Dewain, Dewuan, Deyn, Deyon, Dion▼, Doane, Don▼, Donn, Donne, Dowan, Duane▼, Duayne, Dunn, Dunne, Duwain, Dwain, Dwaine and Dwayne▼. Other suggested similar names are Ban, Da-, Dag, Dai, Dal, Dana▼, Dar, Daw, Dax▲, Day, Ean▲, Han, Ian▲, Jan▼, Man, Tan, Van, Xan and Zan. These names tend to be less frequently used than Dan.See names in meaning and etymology.