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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.


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

For more information, see also the related boy name Dane.

There are 2 feminine forms of Dean: Deanna and Dena.


Dean is a very popular first name for males (#173 out of 1220, Top 14%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#236 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Dean for boys. Dean reached its highest rank of #88 in the U.S. in 1960-1969. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dean name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Dean and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Dean (#221), Dane (#625), Dino and Deane. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

Dean is also pronounced similarly to Dain, Dan, Dann, 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.