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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.

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


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

Related boy name: Dane.

Dean has 2 feminine forms: Deanna and Dena.

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

(female) Dedan, Deony, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name statistics 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)

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

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

Prominent alternative forms of Dean (#221 in 2014) rated in the Top 2000 are Dane (#625 in 2014), Deane and Dino. These relations of Dean reached the top of their popularity 5 decades ago (median #611) and have become much less popular since (#1211, 56% 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.