Daniel

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Daniel mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Daniel

"Daniel" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "God is my Judge". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dan"i*el
A Hebrew prophet distinguished for sagacity and ripeness of judgment in youth; hence, a sagacious and upright judge.
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  1. An Old Testament book that tells of the apocalyptic visions and the experiences of Daniel in the court of Nebuchadnezzar
  2. A wise and upright judge ("a Daniel come to judgment")
  3. (Old Testament) a youth who was taken into the court of Nebuchadnezzar and given divine protection when thrown into a den of lions (6th century BC)
Wiktionary

From Ancient Greek Δᾱνῑήλ (Dānīḗl), from Hebrew דניּאל (daniyél, “God is my judge”). Name borne from the prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel. [Oxford Names Companion, The]

  1. A book in the Old Testament of the Bible.
  2. The prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel.
  3. A male given name in regular use since the Middle Ages.
  4. (rare) A female given name.
  5. A patronymic surname​.
  6. A location in the state of Wyoming in the United States (Zip Code: 83115). (From the U.S. Census Bureau 1990)

Daniel was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Latin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Daniel

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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Daniel Radcliffe is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1999. Daniel was given the name Daniel Jacob Radcliffe on July 23rd, 1989 in Fulham.

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Daniel "Danny" Rand is a comics character.

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Daniel Craig is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1992. Daniel was born on March 2nd, 1968 in Chester, Cheshire, England.

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Sir Daniel Day-Lewis is an actor. He was most active from 1970 to 2012. Daniel was given the name Daniel Michael Blake by his parents Cecil Day-Lewis and Jill Balcon on April 29th, 1957 in London.

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Danny DeVito is an actor, producer, and director. He has had major accomplishments since 1970. Danny was given the name Daniel Michael DeVito on November 17th, 1944 in Neptune Township, New Jersey, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Daniel

Brittany Daniel is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1989. Brittany was given the name Brittany Ann Daniel on March 17th, 1976 in Gainesville, Florida, U.S.

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Kiko Mizuhara is a model (people), actor, singing, and designer. Kiko was given the name Audrie Kiko Daniel on October 15th, 1990 in Dallas, Texas, United States.

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He holds the title Prophet (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam). Daniel was born in 620.

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She was most prominent from 1992 to 1997. Cynthia was given the name Cynthia Lynn Daniel on March 17th, 1976 in Gainesville, Florida, U.S. Cynthia is also known as Daniel and Cynthia Lynn.

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He holds the title Duke of Västergötland and Duke ofVästergötland. Prince was born as the child of Olle Westling on September 15th, 1973 in Örebro. Prince is also known as Olof Daniel Westling Bernadotte.

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Jack Daniel was a distillation, businessperson, and distiller/businessman. His most notable accomplishments were from 1862 to 1911. Jack was given the name Jasper Newton Daniel in 1849 in Lynchburg, Tennessee. He left this life on October 10th, 1911.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 643 0 643 #25 boy name
1881 527 0 527 #29 boy name
1882 594 0 594 #29 boy name
1883 615 0 615 #25 boy name
1884 573 0 573 #32 boy name
1885 535 0 535 #32 boy name
1886 555 0 555 #33 boy name
1887 557 0 557 #31 boy name
1888 566 0 566 #35 boy name
1889 515 0 515 #36 boy name
1890 505 0 505 #39 boy name
1891 505 0 505 #37 boy name
1892 533 0 533 #41 boy name
1893 522 0 522 #39 boy name
1894 515 0 515 #42 boy name
1895 516 0 516 #40 boy name
1896 561 0 561 #38 boy name
1897 520 0 520 #39 boy name
1898 523 0 523 #45 boy name
1899 485 0 485 #42 boy name
1900 605 7 598 #44 boy name
1901 416 0 416 #48 boy name
1902 501 0 501 #45 boy name
1903 432 0 432 #50 boy name
1904 472 0 472 #49 boy name
1905 489 5 484 #50 boy name
1906 506 0 506 #48 boy name
1907 528 0 528 #52 boy name
1908 530 0 530 #54 boy name
1909 569 0 569 #54 boy name
1910 692 0 692 #54 boy name
1911 796 0 796 #53 boy name
1912 1,530 6 1,524 #53 boy name
1913 1,885 7 1,878 #54 boy name
1914 2,338 14 2,324 #55 boy name
1915 3,011 9 3,002 #55 boy name
1916 3,162 11 3,151 #55 boy name
1917 3,371 12 3,359 #54 boy name
1918 3,745 19 3,726 #52 boy name
1919 3,538 10 3,528 #51 boy name
1920 3,914 18 3,896 #52 boy name
1921 4,105 16 4,089 #49 boy name
1922 4,304 21 4,283 #47 boy name
1923 4,279 13 4,266 #47 boy name
1924 4,431 29 4,402 #47 boy name
1925 4,576 25 4,551 #44 boy name
1926 4,545 31 4,514 #46 boy name
1927 4,650 35 4,615 #46 boy name
1928 4,470 34 4,436 #47 boy name
1929 4,403 35 4,368 #47 boy name
1930 4,488 23 4,465 #47 boy name
1931 4,386 26 4,360 #44 boy name
1932 4,465 19 4,446 #42 boy name
1933 4,327 16 4,311 #42 boy name
1934 4,521 22 4,499 #42 boy name
1935 4,607 17 4,590 #43 boy name
1936 4,833 18 4,815 #42 boy name
1937 5,141 16 5,125 #39 boy name
1938 5,608 27 5,581 #39 boy name
1939 5,820 23 5,797 #38 boy name
1940 6,243 23 6,220 #34 boy name
1941 7,081 31 7,050 #31 boy name
1942 8,535 28 8,507 #28 boy name
1943 9,201 34 9,167 #25 boy name
1944 9,342 27 9,315 #25 boy name
1945 9,738 32 9,706 #24 boy name
1946 12,899 33 12,866 #21 boy name
1947 15,225 36 15,189 #22 boy name
1948 16,562 48 16,514 #22 boy name
1949 18,280 46 18,234 #22 boy name
1950 19,243 44 19,199 #21 boy name
1951 21,158 33 21,125 #21 boy name
1952 23,450 32 23,418 #20 boy name
1953 23,529 42 23,487 #20 boy name
1954 25,309 44 25,265 #18 boy name
1955 26,485 47 26,438 #17 boy name
1956 26,678 56 26,622 #18 boy name
1957 27,367 57 27,310 #16 boy name
1958 25,678 66 25,612 #16 boy name
1959 25,209 76 25,133 #18 boy name
1960 26,047 78 25,969 #17 boy name
1961 25,946 65 25,881 #17 boy name
1962 25,652 100 25,552 #17 boy name
1963 24,910 83 24,827 #19 boy name
1964 24,430 76 24,354 #19 boy name
1965 24,958 100 24,858 #17 boy name
1966 23,347 75 23,272 #19 boy name
1967 22,303 91 22,212 #19 boy name
1968 22,126 103 22,023 #18 boy name
1969 23,288 98 23,190 #18 boy name
1970 23,636 101 23,535 #19 boy name
1971 21,904 116 21,788 #20 boy name
1972 22,244 132 22,112 #15 boy name
1973 23,841 142 23,699 #11 boy name
1974 23,998 153 23,845 #11 boy name
1975 23,992 165 23,827 #11 boy name
1976 24,892 172 24,720 #10 boy name
1977 26,271 192 26,079 #11 boy name
1978 26,619 177 26,442 #11 boy name
1979 28,725 202 28,523 #12 boy name
1980 30,113 220 29,893 #11 boy name
1981 31,205 213 30,992 #10 boy name
1982 32,908 255 32,653 #10 boy name
1983 35,005 258 34,747 #8 boy name
1984 36,795 269 36,526 #6 boy name
1985 38,826 293 38,533 #5 boy name
1986 36,852 288 36,564 #6 boy name
1987 36,120 263 35,857 #7 boy name
1988 34,971 282 34,689 #8 boy name
1989 35,182 188 34,994 #6 boy name
1990 33,961 148 33,813 #5 boy name
1991 31,084 166 30,918 #6 boy name
1992 29,293 147 29,146 #7 boy name
1993 28,807 130 28,677 #7 boy name
1994 28,188 130 28,058 #8 boy name
1995 26,822 105 26,717 #9 boy name
1996 25,182 76 25,106 #11 boy name
1997 24,012 80 23,932 #11 boy name
1998 23,221 74 23,147 #12 boy name
1999 22,745 64 22,681 #9 boy name
2000 22,373 63 22,310 #9 boy name
2001 21,040 61 20,979 #9 boy name
2002 21,347 38 21,309 #10 boy name
2003 21,087 53 21,034 #8 boy name
2004 21,049 76 20,973 #7 boy name
2005 20,255 50 20,205 #7 boy name
2006 20,101 47 20,054 #6 boy name
2007 20,275 30 20,245 #5 boy name
2008 19,045 50 18,995 #5 boy name
2009 17,574 40 17,534 #7 boy name
2010 15,857 30 15,827 #8 boy name
2011 15,294 25 15,269 #10 boy name
2012 14,283 19 14,264 #11 boy name
2013 14,297 29 14,268 #10 boy name
2014 13,940 25 13,915 #10 boy name
2015 13,482 18 13,464 #12 boy name
2016 12,861 22 12,839 #13 boy name

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Popularity of Daniel as a first name

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Popularity of Daniel as a last name

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Common last names for Daniel

  • Smith
  • Sullivan
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Murphy
  • Davis
  • Mccarthy
  • Martin
  • Thomas
  • Kelly
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • Oconnell
  • Moore
  • Collins
  • Harris

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Daniel U.S.
  White 62.84% 64.26%
  African American 25.56% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.16% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.69% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.15% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.59% 16.26%

Of Last Name Daniel

People with the last name Daniel are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Daniel

  • How Popular is the name Daniel? Daniel is the 13th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Daniel was the 13th most popular name. As a last name Daniel was the 396th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Daniel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,903,647 babies born with the first name Daniel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Daniel to occupy the country of Gambia with an estimated population of 1,825,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Daniel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 643 new born babies.
  • When was Daniel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Daniel is Monday, February 1st, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Daniel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Daniel was in 1985 with a total of 38,533 babies. That's a lot of babies named Daniel!
  • Random Daniel Factoid: According to the 1922 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Daniel ranks 84th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Nebraska. Imagine that, 33 babies in Nebraska have the same name as you in 1922.
  • Weird things about the name Daniel: Your name in reverse order is Leinad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eadlni. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Daniel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 80,526 people with the last name Daniel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Daniel? Daniel was ranked as the 396th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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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)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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