What does Daniel mean?
Daniel [daniel]▼ as a boys' 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.
SEE ALSO DanaCREATIVE FORMS
(male) Duniel, ..
(female) Dadel, Dadil, .. MIDDLE NAME PAIRINGS
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How popular is Daniel?
Daniel is a very popular first name for men (#12 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#380 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)
Daniel reached its highest rank of #5 in the U.S. in 2008, and is at #12 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA RECORDS)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Dan (#1723 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Dana, Dane (#626), Danial, Danilo (#1029), Dannie, Danny (#426) and Dantrell are the popular related forms of Daniel (#12) listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Daniel was more pronounced among parents 35 years ago (MEDIAN #812) and has become significantly less since (#1312, ▼62.2%), with forms such as Dannie becoming less stylish. Danilo is the most trendy boy name among these.
Daniel▼ is alike in pronunciation to Donal, Donell, Donnel and Donnell▼. Other suggested similar names are Chaniel, Dabnie (see Dabney), Dael, Dalziel, Damien▲, Dandie, Danie, Dante, Dantel, Darcel, Darel, Dariel▲, Dariell, Darien▼, Darnel, Darrel▼, Davie, Daviel, Davien, Davies, Denies, Denley, Denlie, Denzel▼, Denziel, Donzel, Doriel, Dunlea, Dunley, Dunlie (see Dunley), Gadiel, Haniel, Hanniel, Hansel, Hanyel, Hanzel, Jamiel, Kaniel, Lanier, Macniel, Mandel, Manoel, Mansel, Manuel▼, Manvel, Otniel, Pagiel, Rancel, Randel, Ranier, Raziel, Tanier and Thaniel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Daniel.See names in meaning and etymology.