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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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Dana.
Daniel is a very popular first name for males (#12 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#334 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Daniel for boys (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Daniel and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Dan, Dana, Dane, Danial, Daniel, Dannie and Danny. (2015 statistics).
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