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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.

Associated with: judge, biblical


Dan has 1 variant: Dann.

Dan has 16 more different relations via Daniel: Danal, Dane, Daneal, Danek, Danell, Dani, Danial, Danil, Danilo, Danko, Dannel, Dannie, Danny, Danya, Danyal and Danyel.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Darn, Denn, ..

(female) Dando, Dant, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name history of Dan for boys. Dan entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its peak rank of #105 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #1564. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dan name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dan outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the history of Dan and associated names. Daniel (#10 last year), Danny (#429), Dane (#625), Danilo (#1441), Danial, Dann and Dannie are the prominent related forms of Dan (#1564 last year). Other forms, like Danil, are uncommon. These forms of Dan were popular as birth names 3 decades ago (median #865) and are now much less popular (#1258, 61%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dan, Dane, Danial, Daniel, Danilo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dann, Dannie, Danny in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Daniel, Danny outside U.S.

Similar Names


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.