What does Dean mean?
Dean \dean\ as a boys' 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 on this name, see also the related boy name Dane.
Dean is a very prominent first name for males (#173 out of 1220, Top 14%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#236 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Dean for boys. Dean reached its peak position of #88 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is currently at #221. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent alternative forms of Dean (#221 in 2014) rated in the Top 1000 are Dane (#625 in 2014), Deane and Dino. These boy names reached the top of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 and have become much less popular since, with the form Dino becoming less fashionable. Dane (#625) and Dean (#221) are two of the more trendy birth names here. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Dean and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Dean▲ is alike in pronunciation to Dain, Dan▼, Dann, Deion▼, Dejuan▼, Den, Deon▼, Deonn, Dewain, Dewuan, Deyon, Dion▼, Doan, Doane, Don▼, Donn▼, Dowan, Duane▼, Dunn, Dwain▼ and Dwane. Other recommended similar baby names are Dana▼, Dani, Denny▼, Devan▼, Jean▼, Kean and Sean▲. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dean.