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