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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 1,345 60 1,285
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 1,484 47 1,437
1936 1,387 56 1,331
1937 1,364 51 1,313
1938 1,388 50 1,338
1939 1,339 44 1,295
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 2,144 42 2,102
1950 2,371 35 2,336
1951 2,919 26 2,893
1952 3,179 25 3,154
1953 3,160 42 3,118
1954 3,189 24 3,165
1955 3,115 32 3,083
1956 3,750 36 3,714 #99 boy name
1957 4,402 32 4,370 #93 boy name
1958 4,321 26 4,295 #97 boy name
1959 4,462 31 4,431 #95 boy name
1960 4,557 36 4,521 #94 boy name
1961 4,961 34 4,927 #84 boy name
1962 4,685 23 4,662 #86 boy name
1963 4,643 26 4,617 #86 boy name
1964 4,541 29 4,512 #85 boy name
1965 4,125 27 4,098 #88 boy name
1966 4,082 37 4,045 #84 boy name
1967 3,951 33 3,918 #78 boy name
1968 3,827 23 3,804 #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 1,700 15 1,685
1973 1,432 17 1,415
1974 1,238 15 1,223
1975 1,042 16 1,026
1976 896 10 886
1977 877 9 868
1978 779 10 769
1979 852 6 846
1980 831 14 817
1981 757 8 749
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 866 7 859
1989 896 7 889
1990 898 5 893
1991 831 11 820
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 778 0 778
2007 905 0 905
2008 951 0 951
2009 1,059 0 1,059
2010 1,180 0 1,180
2011 1,241 6 1,235
2012 1,376 0 1,376
2013 1,507 0 1,507
2014 1,711 6 1,705
2015 1,930 0 1,930

Want to know about the popularity of the Dean baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 172,725 babies born with the name Dean in the United States. That's more than enough Deans to occupy the country of Sao Tome and Principe with an estimated population of 172,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 14 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Dean" was in 1961 with a total of 4,927 babies. (That's a lot of baby Deans)

According to the 1956 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Dean" ranks #46 in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Dakota. Imagine that, 44 babies in South Dakota have the same name as you in 1956. Across the entire United States a total of 3,750 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

Origin and Meaning of Dean

The name "Dean" is 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)

Dean Martin

Dean Martin is a singer, actor, comedian, and film producer specializing in big band, easy listening, traditional pop, and country music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1940 to 1990. Dean was born in 1917 as Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio, U.S.

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Dean Cain

Dean Cain is an actor, presenter, producer, and writer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1976 to present. Dean was born in 1966 as Dean George Tanaka in Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.

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Dean Winters

Dean Winters is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1995 to present. Dean was born in 1964 in New York City, New York, United States.

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Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz is a novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, and poet. Dean was born in 1945 as Dean Ray Koontz in Everett, Pennsylvania.

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Dean Smith

Dean Smith is a college coach. Dean was born in 1931 in Emporia, Kansas.

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Dean McDermott

Dean McDermott is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1988 to present. Dean was born in 1966 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Dean

Dean Ambrose
Dean Potter
Dean Winchester
Dean Heller
Dean And Deluca
Dean Guitars

Alternative Meanings

D is for diamond, the brilliance you shine.

E is for extra, those little things you do!

A is for accomplished, in all that you do.

N is for nice, need I say more?

Your name in reverse order is "Naed". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Ndea". How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Dean born Dec 26, 1922

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Thailand approximately on 400. Your profession was jeweler and watch-maker.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. Your lesson - to learn discretion and reason and then teach others to do that. Your life will be happier, when you help those who lack reasoning.

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