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.
Related boy name: Dane.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)
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).
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.See names in meaning and etymology.