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