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Meaning and Name Origin

Daniel \d(a)-niel\ 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.


Variations

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

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Dana.

Daniel has 3 feminine forms: Dana, Danielle and Danna.


Popularity

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 (#334 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Daniel for boys. Daniel reached its highest rank of #5 in the U.S. in 2008, and is at #10 presently. (2014 Birth 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 Daniel and associated names. Dan, Dana, Dane (#625 the previous year), Danial, Dannie and Danny (#429) are the popular related forms of Daniel (#10 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names was at its peak during 1950-1959 and has become significantly less since, with the forms Dan, Dana, Danial and Dannie becoming less stylish. Dane (#625) and Danny (#429) are two of the more trendy boy names among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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


Similar Names

Daniel is alike in pronunciation to Donnel. Other suggested similar baby names are Danie, Dantel, Dariel, Daviel, Haniel and Kaniel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Daniel.

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