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What does Dan mean?

Dan Pronunciation of Dan as a boys' name is pronounced dan. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Dan is "judge; God is my judge". Biblical: Dan was the fifth son of Jacob and founder of one of the 12 tribes of Israel. While Dan is an independent name, it's also used as a short form of Daniel. Actors Dan Ackroyd, Dan Blocker.


ASSOCIATED WITH judge, biblical



OTHER FORMS VIA DANIEL Danal, Dane, Daneal, Danek, Danell, Dani, Danial, Danil, Danilo, Danko, Dannel, Dannie, Danny, Danya, Danyal, Danyel



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How popular is Dan?

Dan is a very prominent first name for males (#179 out of 1220, Top 15%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#12317 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Dan entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its peak rank of #105 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #1660. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Daniel (#15 LAST YEAR), Danny (#540), Dane (#756), Danilo (#1033), Danial, Dann and Dannie are the prominent related forms of Dan (#1660). Other forms, like Danil, are uncommon. These forms of Dan were popular as birth names 4 decades ago (MEDIAN #865) and are now much less popular (#1250, 67%). Daniel is a constant favorite, although Danilo seems to be gaining favor too, while forms such as Dan have become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dan, Dane, Danial, Daniel, Danilo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dann, Dannie, Danny in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Daniel, Danny outside U.S.

Similar Names

Dan is alike in pronunciation to Dajuan, Deane, Deen, Deion, Dejuan, Den, Deonn, Dewain, Dewuan, Deyn, Deyon, Dion, Doane, Don, Donn, Donne, Dowan, Duane, Duayne, Dunn, Dunne, Duwain, Dwain, Dwaine and Dwayne. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Ban, Da-, Dag, Dai, Dal, Dana, Dar, Daw, Dax, Day, Ean, Han, Ian, Jan, Man, Tan, Van, Xan and Zan. These names tend to be less frequently used than Dan.

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