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Meaning and name origin
Dean \dean\ as a boy's name is pronounced deen. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Dean is "valley; church official". Place name, or occupational name signifying a church official or the head of a school. The name also means "law" in Hebrew. Actors Dean Cain; Dean Martin; American Secretaries of State Dean Acheson, Dean Rusk.
For more information, see also the related boy name Dane.
Dean is a very popular first name for males (#173 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#236 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Dean for boys (2015 statistics).
Dean is also pronounced similarly to Dain, Dan, Dann, DeJuan, Deion, Dejuan, Den, Deon, Deonn, Dewain, Dewuan, Deyon, Dion, Doan, Doane, Don, Donn, Dowan, Duane, Dunn, Dwain and Dwane. Other suggested similar baby names are Dana, Dani, Denny, Devan, Jean, Kean and Sean. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dean.
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