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, 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).
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).