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Origin and Meaning of Dan

"Dan" is a name of English origin, and it means "Diminutive form of Daniel". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dan
A title of honor equivalent to master, or sir.

Etymology: OE. dan danz, OF. danzprop. only nom.), dan, master, fr. L. dominus. See Dame

noun Dan
A small truck or sledge used in coal mines.

Etymology: Etymol. uncertain

Wiktionary

Traditionally held to be derived from Hebrew דָּן (Dan), although recent scholars instead link the name to Denyen, the Sea Peoples.

  1. The fifth son of Jacob, whose mother was his wife's handmaid Bilhah and adopted by Rachel, who is the second wife of Jacob.
  2. A male given name, derived from the son of Jacob.
  3. A male given name & nickname, derived from the prophet Daniel.
  4. A surname​.
  5. One of the Israelite tribes, descended from Dan.
  6. A former city occupied by the tribe
  7. The Dan River, the principal tributary of the Jordan, named for the city

Borrowing from Old French dan, from Latin dominus.

  1. (obsolete) A title of respect: Sir, Master.

From Borrowing from Mandarin 丹江 (dānjiāng), from (dān, “cinnabar, red”) + (jiāng, “river”).

  1. A river in Shaanxi

    Dan was also found in the following language(s): Breton, Czech, Danish, Faroese, Finnish, Lower Sorbian, Norwegian, Spanish, and Swedish

    Notable Persons Named Dan

    Dan Stevens is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2004. Dan was given the name Daniel Jonathan Stevens on October 10th, 1982 in Croydon.

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    Dan Bilzerian is a professional poker player. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Dan was given the name Dan Brandon Bilzerian by his parent Paul Bilzerian on December 7th, 1980 in Tampa, Florida, U.S. Dan is also known as Blitz", Instagram King", and Instagram's Playboy King".

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    Dan Aykroyd is a sketch comedy, improvisational theatre, and musical theatre comedian. Dan was given the name Daniel Edward Aykroyd on July 1st, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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    Dan Brown is a writer. Dan was given the name Daniel Brown on June 22nd, 1964 in Exeter, New Hampshire, U.S.

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    Dan Quayle is an office holder. Dan was given the name James Danforth Quayle on February 4th, 1947 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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    Dan Henderson is a martial artist. Dan was born on August 24th, 1970 in Downey, California.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Dan

    Lin Dan is a badminton player. Lin was given the name 林丹 .

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    Dan is royalty. He holds the title Duke of Zhou.

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    Meridian is also known as Meridian Dan.

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    Wang was born on February 26th, 1969 in Beijing, People's Republic of China.

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    Danny was born on November 18th, 1942 in Hong Kong. Danny is also known as Char-siu Bing 叉燒炳.

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    Nicușor was born on December 20th, 1969 in Făgăraș.

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    How popular is the baby name Dan in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1880 140 0 140 #97 boy name
    1881 148 0 148 #87 boy name
    1882 150 0 150 #97 boy name
    1883 120 0 120
    1884 151 0 151 #101 boy name
    1885 129 0 129
    1886 154 0 154
    1887 140 0 140
    1888 154 0 154
    1889 116 0 116
    1890 160 0 160
    1891 113 0 113
    1892 156 0 156
    1893 143 0 143
    1894 114 0 114
    1895 96 0 96
    1896 133 0 133
    1897 115 0 115
    1898 125 0 125
    1899 119 0 119
    1900 192 0 192
    1901 117 0 117
    1902 124 0 124
    1903 155 0 155
    1904 156 0 156
    1905 153 0 153
    1906 133 5 128
    1907 160 0 160
    1908 152 0 152
    1909 163 0 163
    1910 188 0 188
    1911 205 0 205
    1912 298 0 298
    1913 379 5 374
    1914 447 0 447
    1915 578 0 578
    1916 602 8 594
    1917 600 5 595
    1918 719 8 711
    1919 759 12 747
    1920 771 7 764
    1921 728 11 717
    1922 812 8 804
    1923 738 7 731
    1924 811 11 800
    1925 783 10 773
    1926 892 13 879
    1927 938 15 923
    1928 925 18 907
    1929 810 9 801
    1930 907 9 898
    1931 893 10 883
    1932 930 8 922
    1933 945 7 938
    1934 948 8 940
    1935 1,024 9 1,015
    1936 975 10 965
    1937 1,041 8 1,033
    1938 1,046 7 1,039
    1939 994 0 994
    1940 1,103 6 1,097
    1941 1,151 0 1,151
    1942 1,344 0 1,344
    1943 1,537 0 1,537
    1944 1,495 5 1,490
    1945 1,732 6 1,726
    1946 2,203 11 2,192
    1947 2,711 9 2,702
    1948 2,499 7 2,492
    1949 2,292 12 2,280
    1950 2,096 10 2,086
    1951 2,001 8 1,993
    1952 2,310 0 2,310
    1953 2,168 6 2,162
    1954 2,170 7 2,163
    1955 2,308 10 2,298
    1956 2,442 5 2,437
    1957 3,199 8 3,191
    1958 3,703 10 3,693
    1959 3,686 8 3,678
    1960 3,697 0 3,697
    1961 3,419 5 3,414
    1962 3,121 6 3,115
    1963 2,828 0 2,828
    1964 2,371 6 2,365
    1965 2,000 6 1,994
    1966 1,541 0 1,541
    1967 1,333 5 1,328
    1968 1,280 9 1,271
    1969 1,171 8 1,163
    1970 1,030 8 1,022
    1971 909 7 902
    1972 682 6 676
    1973 577 5 572
    1974 486 6 480
    1975 453 5 448
    1976 400 0 400
    1977 378 0 378
    1978 353 11 342
    1979 335 6 329
    1980 342 7 335
    1981 372 9 363
    1982 320 8 312
    1983 286 8 278
    1984 266 0 266
    1985 272 7 265
    1986 276 8 268
    1987 229 0 229
    1988 260 10 250
    1989 246 6 240
    1990 233 0 233
    1991 228 0 228
    1992 217 8 209
    1993 208 0 208
    1994 177 0 177
    1995 171 0 171
    1996 176 0 176
    1997 164 0 164
    1998 149 0 149
    1999 139 0 139
    2000 162 0 162
    2001 150 7 143
    2002 152 0 152
    2003 148 5 143
    2004 142 7 135
    2005 156 0 156
    2006 134 0 134
    2007 147 0 147
    2008 135 0 135
    2009 116 0 116
    2010 116 0 116
    2011 108 0 108
    2012 106 0 106
    2013 87 0 87
    2014 101 0 101
    2015 90 0 90
    2016 100 0 100

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    Common last names for Dan

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    • Moore
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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Dan U.S.
      White 48.40% 64.26%
      African American 4.77% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 26.74% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 11.89% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 4.12% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 4.08% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Dan

    People with the last name Dan are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or American Indian and Alaska Native

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    Fun Facts about the name Dan

    • How Popular is the name Dan? Dan is the 618th most popular name of all time. As a last name Dan was the 12,012th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Dan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 106,262 babies born with the first name Dan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dan to occupy the country of Grenada with an estimated population of 105,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 140 new born babies.
    • When was Dan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dan is Sunday, August 25th, 1867.
    • What year had the most people named Dan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dan was in 1960 with a total of 3,697 babies. That's a lot of babies named Dan!
    • Random Dan Factoid: According to the 1928 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dan ranks 91st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Colorado. Imagine that, 22 babies in Colorado have the same name as you in 1928.
    • Weird things about the name Dan: Your name in reverse order is Nad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give And. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Dan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,599 people with the last name Dan.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dan? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Dan as their last name since less than 1 person in 114k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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