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Dean

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175k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
114k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

What does the name Dean mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Dean

"Dean" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the valley". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dean
Senses
  1. A dignitary or presiding officer in certain ecclesiastical and lay bodies; esp., an ecclesiastical dignitary, subordinate to a bishop.
  2. The collegiate officer in the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, England, who, besides other duties, has regard to the moral condition of the college.
  3. The head or presiding officer in the faculty of some colleges or universities.
  4. A registrar or secretary of the faculty in a department of a college, as in a medical, or theological, or scientific department.(U.S)
  5. The chief or senior of a company on occasion of ceremony; as, the dean of the diplomatic corps; -- so called by courtesy.

Etymology: OE. dene deene, OF. deien dien, F. doyen, eldest of a corporation, a dean, L. decanus the chief of ten, one set over ten persons, e. g., over soldiers or over monks, from decem ten. See Ten, and cf. Decemvir

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An administrator in charge of a division of a university or college
  2. (Roman Catholic Church) the head of the College of Cardinals
  3. A man who is the senior member of a group ("he is the dean of foreign correspondents")
  4. United States film actor whose moody rebellious roles made him a cult figure (1931-1955)
Wiktionary
  1. A title afforded to a dean.
  2. A habitational surname​ surname from Middle English dene "valley".
  3. A male given name derived from the surname or from the title.

Notable Persons Named Dean

Dean Martin was a singer, actor, comedian, and film producer. Dean was given the name Dino Paul Crocetti on June 7th, 1917 in Steubenville, Ohio. He passed away on December 25th, 1995.

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Dean Ambrose is a famed individual. Dean was born on December 7th, 1985 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. Dean is also known as Good, Jonathan; Moxley, Jon; Moxley, Jonathan; Moxx, and Moxley.

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Dean Cain is an actor, producer, writer, director, and tv host. He has been prominent since 1976. Dean was given the name Dean George Tanaka on July 31st, 1966 in Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.

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Dean Norris is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1985. Dean was born on April 8th, 1963 in South Bend, Indiana.

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Dean Corll is a criminal. Dean is also known as The Candy Man and The Pied Piper.

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Dean Stockwell is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1945. Dean was given the name Robert Dean Stockwell by his parents Harry Stockwell and Nina Olivette on March 5th, 1936 in North Hollywood, California, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Dean

James Dean was an actor. He was most prominent from 1950 to 1955. James was given the name James Byron Dean on February 8th, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, U.S. He breathed his last breath on September 30th, 1955.

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Laura Dern is an actress, director, and producer. Her ongoing career started in 1973. Laura was given the name Laura Elizabeth Dean by her parents Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern on February 10th, 1969 in Los Angeles.

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Swizz Beatz is a creative director, disc jockey, fashion design, record producer, rapping, music executive, singing, songwriter, visual arts, actor, dj, fashion designer, rapper, record executive, singer, and visual artist. His most notable accomplishments were from 1994 to 1994. Swizz was given the name Kasseem Dean on September 13th, 1978 in The Bronx.

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Howard Dean is a Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee, Chairperson of theDemocratic National Committee, and 75th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont. Howard was born on November 17th, 1948.

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John Dean is a White House Counsel. John was born on October 14th, 1938 in Akron, Ohio.

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Mike Dean is a hip hop music, rhythm, blues, and pop music record producer, songwriter, mixer, and mastering. He plays Guitar, Keyboard instrument, Bass guitar, Cello, Bassoon, and Programming (music). His ongoing career started in 1983. Mike was born in Houston. Mike is also known as Freaky Dean.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 14 0 14
1881 17 0 17
1882 9 0 9
1883 12 0 12
1884 19 6 13
1885 10 0 10
1886 15 0 15
1887 9 0 9
1888 17 5 12
1889 26 5 21
1890 33 8 25
1891 26 0 26
1892 23 0 23
1893 21 6 15
1894 36 8 28
1895 32 12 20
1896 23 6 17
1897 40 0 40
1898 34 6 28
1899 31 6 25
1900 59 13 46
1901 38 6 32
1902 48 8 40
1903 39 12 27
1904 37 9 28
1905 49 7 42
1906 43 5 38
1907 49 8 41
1908 61 18 43
1909 58 14 44
1910 65 12 53
1911 109 15 94
1912 208 10 198
1913 234 10 224
1914 355 18 337
1915 492 39 453
1916 540 36 504
1917 602 43 559
1918 714 46 668
1919 761 39 722
1920 835 47 788
1921 927 51 876
1922 1,032 49 983
1923 1,068 57 1,011
1924 1,203 53 1,150
1925 1,253 57 1,196
1926 1,298 53 1,245
1927 1,403 69 1,334
1928 1,346 60 1,286
1929 1,357 70 1,287
1930 1,427 63 1,364
1931 1,401 55 1,346
1932 1,494 80 1,414
1933 1,371 60 1,311
1934 1,531 55 1,476
1935 1,483 47 1,436
1936 1,387 56 1,331
1937 1,364 51 1,313
1938 1,387 50 1,337
1939 1,340 44 1,296
1940 1,269 47 1,222
1941 1,339 50 1,289
1942 1,342 56 1,286
1943 1,552 49 1,503
1944 1,611 37 1,574
1945 1,631 45 1,586
1946 1,925 39 1,886
1947 2,043 41 2,002
1948 1,948 40 1,908
1949 2,143 42 2,101
1950 2,372 35 2,337
1951 2,918 26 2,892
1952 3,182 25 3,157
1953 3,159 42 3,117
1954 3,192 24 3,168
1955 3,116 32 3,084
1956 3,749 36 3,713 #99 boy name
1957 4,400 32 4,368 #93 boy name
1958 4,322 26 4,296 #97 boy name
1959 4,461 31 4,430 #95 boy name
1960 4,557 36 4,521 #94 boy name
1961 4,961 34 4,927 #84 boy name
1962 4,684 23 4,661 #86 boy name
1963 4,643 26 4,617 #86 boy name
1964 4,541 29 4,512 #85 boy name
1965 4,124 27 4,097 #88 boy name
1966 4,083 37 4,046 #84 boy name
1967 3,950 33 3,917 #78 boy name
1968 3,825 23 3,802 #78 boy name
1969 3,464 16 3,448 #89 boy name
1970 2,973 31 2,942
1971 2,264 18 2,246
1972 1,699 15 1,684
1973 1,432 17 1,415
1974 1,237 15 1,222
1975 1,042 16 1,026
1976 897 10 887
1977 877 9 868
1978 779 10 769
1979 853 6 847
1980 831 14 817
1981 758 8 750
1982 778 11 767
1983 762 14 748
1984 769 8 761
1985 806 5 801
1986 838 0 838
1987 827 6 821
1988 867 7 860
1989 896 7 889
1990 898 5 893
1991 832 11 821
1992 835 0 835
1993 835 0 835
1994 832 0 832
1995 768 0 768
1996 843 0 843
1997 804 0 804
1998 771 0 771
1999 716 0 716
2000 695 0 695
2001 749 5 744
2002 711 0 711
2003 685 0 685
2004 746 0 746
2005 762 8 754
2006 779 0 779
2007 905 0 905
2008 951 0 951
2009 1,060 0 1,060
2010 1,181 0 1,181
2011 1,241 6 1,235
2012 1,377 0 1,377
2013 1,509 0 1,509
2014 1,712 6 1,706
2015 1,937 0 1,937
2016 1,961 8 1,953

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Popularity of Dean as a first name

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Popularity of Dean as a last name

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Common last names for Dean

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Clark
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Martin
  • Peterson
  • Campbell
  • Baker
  • Lewis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dean U.S.
  White 76.61% 64.26%
  African American 16.82% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.06% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.68% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.20% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.63% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dean

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

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Fun Facts about the name Dean

  • How Popular is the name Dean? Dean is the 411th most popular name of all time. As a last name Dean was the 269th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dean have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 174,701 babies born with the first name Dean in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dean to occupy the country of Sao Tome and Principe with an estimated population of 172,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dean? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 14 new born babies.
  • When was Dean first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dean is Monday, May 6th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Dean born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dean was in 1961 with a total of 4,927 babies. That's a lot of babies named Dean!
  • Random Dean Factoid: According to the 1960 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dean ranks 65th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Oregon. Imagine that, 69 babies in Oregon have the same name as you in 1960.
  • Weird things about the name Dean: Your name in reverse order is Naed. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Neda. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dean? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 114,030 people with the last name Dean.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dean? Dean was ranked as the 269th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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