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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.


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

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

Dean has 2 feminine forms: Deanna and Dena.


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)

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)

Top 1000 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 1000 are Dane (#625 in 2014), Deane and Dino. These boy names reached the top of their popularity during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4743%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.2885%, down 39.2%), 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dane, Dean, Deane, Dino in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.