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What does Dean mean?

Dean Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: old english, valley, occupational, law (just).


Dean has 5 variants: Deane, Deen, Dene, Deyn and Dino.

Related boy name: Dane.

2 feminine forms: Deanna and Dena.

Creative forms:
(male) Deano, Drean, ..

(female) Dedan, Deony, ..

Middle name pairings:
Dean Layden (D.L.), ..

How popular is Dean?

Dean is a very prominent first name for males (#173 out of 1220, Top 14%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#250 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Dean reached its peak position of #88 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is currently at #204. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dean name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dean outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Dean (#204 in 2015) rated in the Top 2000 are Dane (#626 in 2015), Deane and Dino. These relations of Dean reached the top of their popularity 6 decades ago (median #611) and have become much less popular since (#1207, 51% less usage).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dean, Dane, Deane, Dino in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dean outside U.S.

Similar Names

Dean is alike in pronunciation to Dain, Daine, Dan, Dann, Dayne, Deion, Deon, Deonn, Dewain, Dewayne, Dewonn, Dewuan, Deyon, Doan, Don, Donne, Dowan, Duane, Duayne, Dunn, Dunne, Duwain, Dwaine, Dwane and Dwayne. Other recommended names are Aman, Ban, Bran, Daelan, Dag, Dagan, Dal, Daman, Dana, Dani, Deakin, Deante, Deavon, Declan, Dekwan, Delano, Delany, Dell, Demyan, Denny, Dequan, Destan, Devan, Dex, Dray, Eban, Euan, Evan, Fegan, Frean, Gyan, Ian, Ilan, Iman, Jean, Jeran, Jevan, Kean, Kegan, Kelan, Kenan, Kevan, Kian, Nevan, Regan, Ryan, Sean, Twan, Van and Zan. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dean.

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