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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.

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

For more information, see also the related boy name Dana.

There are 3 feminine forms of Daniel: Dana, Danielle and Danna.

Daniel is also pronounced similarly to Donnel. Other suggested similar baby names are Danie, Dantel, Dariel, Daviel, Haniel and Kaniel.


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).

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