What does Daniel mean?
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.
Related boy name: Dana.more]
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)
Charted below is the birth name statistics of Daniel for boys. Daniel reached its highest rank of #5 in the U.S. in 2008, and is at #10 presently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Dan, Dana, Dane (#625 from current records), Danial, Dannie and Danny (#429) are the popular related forms of Daniel (#10 from current records) listed in the Top 1000. Usage of these relations of Daniel was more pronounced among parents during 1950-1959 (median #282) and has become significantly less since (#723, ▼61.5%), with the forms Dan, Dana, Danial and Dannie becoming less stylish. Dane and Danny are two of the more trendy boy names among these.
Daniel is alike in pronunciation to Donal▼, Donell, Donnel and Donnell▼. Other suggested similar baby names are Chaniel, Dabnie, Damien▲, Darcel, Darel, Dariell, Darien▼, Darrel▼, Davie, Davies, Denies, Denley, Donzel, Doriel, Dunley, Dunlie, Hansel, Hanyel, Lanier, Manoel, Mansel, Otniel, Pagiel, Rancel and Raziel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Daniel.