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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Den
  1. A small cavern or hollow place in the side of a hill, or among rocks; esp., a cave used by a wild beast for shelter or concealment; as, a lion's den; a den of robbers.
  2. A squalid place of resort; a wretched dwelling place; a haunt; as, a den of vice."Those squalid dens, which are the reproach of great capitals." [Addison.]
  3. Any snug or close retreat where one goes to be alone.(Colloq)
  4. Etymology: AS. denu

    A narrow glen; a ravine; a dell.(Old Eng. & Scotch)

Etymology: AS. denn; perh. akin to G. tenne floor, thrashing floor, and to AS. denu valley

verb Den
To live in, or as in, a den.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A room that is comfortable and secluded
  2. A unit of 8 to 10 cub scouts
  3. A hiding place; usually a remote place used by outlaws
  4. The habitation of wild animals


  1. A diminutive of the male given name Dennis.

Notable Persons Named Den

Den Watts is a soap character.


Den Harrow is an italo disco musician. He has been prominent since 1983. Den was given the name Stefano Zandri on June 4th, 1962 in Nova Milanese.


den äldre Sten Sture is a monarch. He holds the title Regent of Sweden and List of Swedish monarchs. His career lasted from 1470 to 1497.


Den Brotheridge is a military person. His military service ended in 1944.


Den was born on September 13th, 1954.


Den Kenjirō was a politician and cabinet minister. Den was born on March 25th, 1855 in Tamba, Hyōgo, Japan. They died on November 16th, 1930.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Den

Teije ten Den is a soccer player for the Go Ahead Eagles and FC Oss. Teije was born on April 29th, 1993 in Utrecht, Netherlands.


Hideo Den was a Member of the House of Councillors. He was most active from 2001 to present. Hideo was born on June 9th, 1923 in Tokyo. He died on November 13th, 2009.


Duong was born on October 21st, 1919. They died in 1988.


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Popularity of Den as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Den U.S.
  White 51.86% 64.26%
  African American 11.49% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 28.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.04% 16.26%

Of Last Name Den

People with the last name Den are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Den

  • How Popular is the name Den? Den is the 64,084th most popular name of all time. As a last name Den was the 62,189th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Den have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 17 babies born with the first name Den in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Den? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1942 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Den first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Den is Wednesday, November 1st, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Den born? The highest recorded use of the first name Den was in 1942 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Den: Your name in reverse order is Ned. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give End. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Den? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 322 people with the last name Den.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Den? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Den as their last name since less than 1 person in 909k 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)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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