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What does Jordan mean?

Jordan Pronunciation of Jordan [jor-dan] as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Jordan) is pronounced JOR-dan. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jordan is "down-flowing". Name of the major river in Palestine, used as a given name since the Crusades. The short form Jordi is also a Catalan variant of George. The name is influenced by the fame of basketball celebrity Michael Jordan and Nike's line of Air Jordan athletic shoes.

Associated with: river, crusades (war), fame.


Jordan has 28 variants: Giordano, Jared, Jarod, Jarred, Jarrod, Jarrot, Jarrott, Jerad, Jerred, Jerrod, Jerrot, Jerrott, Jordaan, Jordain, Jordao, Jordell, Jorden, Jordi, Jordon, Jordy, Jordyn, Jori, Jory, Jourdain, Jourdaine, Jourdan, Jud and Judd.

12 more relations via George: Goran, Joran, Jorck, Jorg, Jorgan, Jorge, Jorgen, Joris, Jorn, Jurgen, Jurian and Orjan.

3 feminine forms: Giordana, Jardina and Yordan.

Creative forms:
(male) Jodan, Jondan, ..

(female) Jorhan, Jorjan, ..

Middle name pairings:
Jordan Amias (J.A.), ..

How popular is Jordan?

Jordan is a very prominent first name for males (#262 out of 1220, Top 21%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#105 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Jordan reached its apex rank of #26 in the U.S. in the year 1997, and is at #60 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. George (#136 last year), Jared (#340), Jarod, Jarred, Jarrod (#1952), Jerad, Jerred, Jerrod, Jorden (#1191), Jordi (#1175), Jordon (#1624), Jordy (#874), Jordyn (#966), Jorge (#225), Jory, Jourdan and Judd (#1498) are the popular varying forms of Jordan (#60 last year). Other variants, like Jorgan, are seldom used. These relations of Jordan were popular with parents during 1880-1889 (adoption of 4.37%) and are now much less conventional (adoption 0.69%, down 84.3%), with forms such as Jared becoming less in vogue. Jordy is the most fashionable baby name in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jordan, George, Jared, Jarod, Jarred in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jarrod, Jerad, Jerred, Jerrod, Jorden in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jordi, Jordon, Jordy, Jordyn, Jorge in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jory, Jourdan, Judd in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jordan, George, Jared, Jarrod, Jordon outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jordan is pronounced similarly to Jardine. Other recommended names are Bogdan, Bohdan, Borden, Bordin, Bordon, Cordas, Corday, Corwan, Doran, Dorian, Dorran, Forden, Fordon, Gordan, Gorden, Gordon, Gorman, Jaran, Jarman, Jarran, Jeran, Jerman, Johan, Joram, Joren, Jorian, Joron, Jovan, Loran, Lorcan, Morgan, Norman, Riordan, Roldan, Roydan, Toran, Torean, Torran and Worden. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jordan.

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