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What does Daniel mean?

Daniel Pronunciation of Daniel as a boys' name is pronounced DAN-yel. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Daniel is "God is my judge". Biblical: the prophet and writer of the book of Daniel was a teenager when he was taken to Babylon after the destruction of Jerusalem in 607 BC. He survived a politically motivated death sentence in a lions' den. Many prominent men have had the name since, among them statesman Daniel Webster and frontiersman Daniel Boone. Novelist Daniel Defoe; entertainers Danny Thomas, Danny Kaye; Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan; actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Danny DeVito, Danny Aiello, Daniel Radcliffe.


ASSOCIATED WITH judge, biblical, prophet, book (literary), lions


VARIANTS Dan, Danal, Dane, Daneal, Danek, Danell, Dani, Danial, Daniele, Danil, Danilo, Danko, Dannel, Dannie, Danny, Dantrell, Danya, Danyal, Danyel, Deiniol


FEMININE FORMS Dana, Danielle, Danna



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How popular is Daniel?

Daniel is a very popular first name for men (#12 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#380 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Daniel reached its highest rank of #5 in the U.S. in 2008, and is at #15 presently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Dan (#1660 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Dana, Dane (#756), Danial, Danilo (#1033), Dannie, Danny (#540) and Dantrell are the popular related forms of Daniel (#15) listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Daniel was more pronounced among parents 38 years ago (MEDIAN #812) and has become significantly less since (#1333, 67%), with forms such as Dannie becoming less stylish. Danilo is the most trendy boy name among these.

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

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

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

Similar Names

Daniel is alike in pronunciation to Donal, Donell, Donnel and Donnell. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Chaniel, Dabnie (see Dabney), Dael, Dalziel, Damien, Dandie, Danie, Dante, Dantel, Darcel, Darel, Dariel, Dariell, Darien, Darnel, Darrel, Davie, Daviel, Davien, Davies, Denies, Denley, Denlie, Denzel, Denziel, Donzel, Doriel, Dunlea, Dunley, Dunlie (see Dunley), Gadiel, Haniel, Hanniel, Hansel, Hanyel, Hanzel, Jamiel, Kaniel, Lanier, Macniel, Mandel, Manoel, Mansel, Manuel, Manvel, Otniel, Pagiel, Rancel, Randel, Ranier, Raziel, Tanier and Thaniel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Daniel.

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