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Dan

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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 946 7 939
1934 948 8 940
1935 1,023 9 1,014
1936 974 10 964
1937 1,041 8 1,033
1938 1,046 7 1,039
1939 993 0 993
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 2,202 11 2,191
1947 2,712 9 2,703
1948 2,497 7 2,490
1949 2,292 12 2,280
1950 2,097 10 2,087
1951 1,999 8 1,991
1952 2,310 0 2,310
1953 2,169 6 2,163
1954 2,167 7 2,160
1955 2,308 10 2,298
1956 2,443 5 2,438
1957 3,198 8 3,190
1958 3,703 10 3,693
1959 3,687 8 3,679
1960 3,698 0 3,698
1961 3,420 5 3,415
1962 3,122 6 3,116
1963 2,827 0 2,827
1964 2,371 6 2,365
1965 2,001 6 1,995
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 1,029 8 1,021
1971 910 7 903
1972 682 6 676
1973 577 5 572
1974 485 6 479
1975 453 5 448
1976 401 0 401
1977 377 0 377
1978 353 11 342
1979 336 6 330
1980 341 7 334
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 169 0 169
1996 174 0 174
1997 164 0 164
1998 148 0 148
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 155 0 155
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 86 0 86
2014 101 0 101
2015 89 0 89

Fun Facts about the name Dan

  • How many people with the first name Dan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 106,150 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 3,698 babies. That's a lot of babies named Dan!
  • Random Dan Factoid: According to the 1951 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dan ranks 64th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Nevada. Imagine that, 6 babies in Nevada have the same name as you in 1951.
  • 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 Nad. 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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Common first names for Dan

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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Dan" mean? The list below shows the origins of Dan as well as things modernly associated with the name Dan such as celebrities named Dan.

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Origin and Meaning of Dan

The name "Dan" is 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

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 With the Name Dan

    Dan Stevens

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

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    • Dan Harmon
      (writer)
    • Dan Rather
      (noteworthy human)
    • Dan Fogler
      (comedian)
    • Dan Blocker
      (actor)
    • Dan Castellaneta
      (actor)
    • Dan Marino
      (football player)
    • Dan Evans
      (influential individual)
    • Dan Severn
      (martial artist)
    • Dan Fogelberg
      (musician)
    • Dan Reynolds
      (musician)
    • Dan Duryea
      (stage)
    • Dan Coats
      (United States Ambassador to Germany)
    • Dan Auerbach
      (musician)
    • Dan Savage
      (author)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Dan

    Lin Dan

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

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    Dan

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

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    Meridian Dan

    Meridian Dan is a famed person. Meridian is also known as Meridian Dan.

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    Wang Dan

    Wang Dan is a noteworthy human. Wang was born on February 26th, 1969 in Beijing, People's Republic of China.

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    Danny Lau Dan

    Danny Lau Dan is a famous somebody. 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 Dan

    Nicușor Dan is a famous person. Nicușor was born on December 20th, 1969 in Făgăraș.

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    What does the name Dan mean?

    Dis for delight, a surprise from within.

    Ais for athleticism, embrace the competitor within

    Nis for nice, need I say more?

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