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Meaning and name origin

Daniel \d(a)-niel\ as a boy's name is pronounced DAN-yel. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Daniel is "God is my judge". Biblical: the prophet and writer of the book of Daniel was a teenager when he was taken to Babylon after the destruction of Jerusalem in 607 BC. He survived a politically motivated death sentence in a lions' den. Many prominent men have had the name since, among them statesman Daniel Webster and frontiersman Daniel Boone. Novelist Daniel Defoe; entertainers Danny Thomas, Danny Kaye; Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan; actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Danny DeVito, Danny Aiello, Daniel Radcliffe.


Daniel has 20 variant forms: Dan, Danal, Dane, Daneal, Danek, Danell, Dani, Danial, Daniele, Danil, Danilo, Danko, Dannel, Dannie, Danny, Dantrell, Danya, Danyal, Danyel and Deiniol.

For more information, see also the related boy name Dana.

There are 3 feminine forms of Daniel: Dana, Danielle and Danna.


Daniel is a very popular first name for males (#12 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#334 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Daniel for boys. Daniel reached its highest rank of #5 in the U.S. in 2008. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Daniel name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Daniel and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Daniel (#10), Danny (#429), Dane (#625), Dannie, Danial, Dana and Dan. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dan, Dana, Dane, Danial, Daniel, Dannie, Danny in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Daniel is also pronounced similarly to Donnel. Other suggested similar baby names are Danie, Dantel, Dariel, Daviel, Haniel and Kaniel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Daniel.