Jordan

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494k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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208k
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Jordan mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Jordan

"Jordan" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "To flow down". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jordan
A landlocked country of the Middle East, surrounded by Israel, Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, and that area on the west bank of the Jordan river which was once claimed by Jordan, and is at present occupied by Israel and in part governed by a Palestinian authority. It has a population of 4,212,152 (1996) in a total area of 89,213 sq km. The population is predominantly Arab and Moslem. Officially known as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, it was formerly called Trans-Jordan when occupied by the British. The government is a constitutional monarchy, with King Hussein Bin Talal Al Hashimi as its ruler since 2 May 1953. Jordan is a small developing Arab country, having a Gross Domestic Product of $19.3 billion in 1995.
noun
Senses
  1. A pot or vessel with a large neck, formerly used by physicians and alchemists.(Obs)
  2. A chamber pot.(Obs)

Etymology: Prob. fr. the river Jordan, and shortened fr. Jordan bottle a bottle of water from the Jordan, brought back by pilgrims

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An Arab kingdom in southwestern Asia on the Red Sea
  2. A river in Palestine that empties into the Dead Sea; John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan
Wiktionary

From Latin Jordanus, from Ancient Greek Ἰορδάνης (Iordánēs), from Biblical Hebrew יַרְדֵּן (yardén, “Jordan (river)”).

  1. A country in the Middle East. Official name: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
  2. A river of the Middle East, mentioned in the Bible, that empties into the Dead Sea, and after which the country is named.
  3. A male given name; in the Middle Ages given to children baptized with Jordan water brought by crusaders.
  4. A surname​ derived from the male given name.
  5. A female given name used since mid-20th century.

Jordan was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Serbo-Croatian, Swedish, and Tatar

Notable Persons Named Jordan

Jordan was born on July 6th, 1962 in Queens.

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Jordan Peele is an actor, comedian, film director, and screenwriter. He has had major accomplishments since 2002. Jordan was given the name Jordan Haworth Peele on February 21st, 1979 in New York City.

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Jordan Lukaku is a soccer player for the K.V. Oostende, K. Boom F.C., Lierse S.K., R.S.C. Anderlecht, Belgium national youth football team, and Belgium national under-18 football team. Jordan was born on July 25th, 1994 in Antwerp, Belgium.

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Jordan Smith is a singing. He was most active from 2015 to present. Jordan was given the name Jordan Mackenzie Smith on November 4th, 1993 in Whitley County, Kentucky.

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Jordan Rhodes is a soccer player for the Middlesbrough F.C., Barnsley F.C., Ipswich Town F.C., Oxford United F.C., Rochdale A.F.C., Brentford F.C., Huddersfield Town A.F.C., Blackburn Rovers F.C., Scotland national under-21 football team, and Scotland national football team. Jordan was born on February 5th, 1990 in Oldham, England. Jordan is also known as Rhodes and Jordan Luke.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Jordan

Michael Jordan is a basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets, Birmingham Barons, and Washington Wizards in the National Basketball Association. His career lasted from 1984 to 2003. Michael was born on February 17th, 1963 in Brooklyn.

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Michael B. Jordan is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1999. Michael was given the name Michael Bakari Jordan on February 9th, 1987 in Santa Ana, California, U.S.

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Abdullah II of Jordan is royalty. He holds the title King of Jordan and List of kings of Jordan. His ongoing career started in 1999. Abdullah was born as the child of Hussein of Jordan and Princess Muna al-Hussein on January 30th, 1962 in Amman.

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DeAndre Jordan is a basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers in the National Basketball Association. He has been prominent since 2008. DeAndre was born on July 21st, 1988 in Houston.

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Harold "Hal" Jordan is a comics character.

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Leslie Jordan is an actor and playwright. He has had major accomplishments since 1986. Leslie was given the name Leslie Allen Jordan on April 29th, 1955 in Memphis, Tennessee, US.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 23 0 23
1881 18 0 18
1882 12 0 12
1883 17 0 17
1884 25 0 25
1885 17 0 17
1886 9 0 9
1887 12 0 12
1888 18 0 18
1889 7 0 7
1891 12 0 12
1892 12 0 12
1893 16 0 16
1894 16 0 16
1895 26 0 26
1896 10 0 10
1897 11 0 11
1898 7 0 7
1899 7 0 7
1900 11 0 11
1901 12 0 12
1902 6 0 6
1903 21 0 21
1904 9 0 9
1905 9 0 9
1906 9 0 9
1907 13 0 13
1908 13 0 13
1909 20 0 20
1910 13 0 13
1911 12 0 12
1912 31 0 31
1913 41 0 41
1914 53 0 53
1915 62 0 62
1916 36 0 36
1917 53 0 53
1918 46 0 46
1919 48 0 48
1920 75 0 75
1921 79 0 79
1922 54 0 54
1923 87 0 87
1924 96 0 96
1925 98 0 98
1926 90 0 90
1927 97 0 97
1928 90 0 90
1929 89 0 89
1930 78 0 78
1931 102 0 102
1932 76 0 76
1933 79 0 79
1934 86 0 86
1935 78 0 78
1936 68 0 68
1937 71 0 71
1938 65 0 65
1939 67 0 67
1940 57 0 57
1941 63 0 63
1942 63 0 63
1943 78 0 78
1944 77 0 77
1945 66 0 66
1946 72 0 72
1947 72 0 72
1948 68 0 68
1949 74 0 74
1950 76 7 69
1951 75 0 75
1952 83 0 83
1953 103 5 98
1954 108 0 108
1955 105 0 105
1956 107 6 101
1957 207 0 207
1958 191 7 184
1959 164 5 159
1960 144 7 137
1961 192 5 187
1962 182 0 182
1963 154 0 154
1964 176 11 165
1965 185 6 179
1966 221 9 212
1967 231 9 222
1968 197 8 189
1969 233 10 223
1970 289 9 280
1971 299 10 289
1972 268 9 259
1973 322 16 306
1974 409 40 369
1975 466 68 398
1976 611 94 517
1977 760 111 649
1978 1,175 196 979
1979 1,689 283 1,406
1980 1,991 373 1,618
1981 3,408 484 2,924
1982 4,006 470 3,536 #85 boy name
1983 4,510 498 4,012 #72 boy name
1984 5,133 594 4,539 #65 boy name
1985 6,431 975 5,456 #62 boy name
1986 9,381 2,082 7,299 #53 boy name
1987 10,308 1,900 8,408 #52 boy name
1988 10,612 2,128 8,484 #52 boy name
1989 15,148 4,280 10,868 #44 boy name
#72 girl name
1990 22,086 5,955 16,131 #29 boy name
#59 girl name
1991 21,570 5,559 16,011 #29 boy name
#62 girl name
1992 19,396 5,366 14,030 #32 boy name
#63 girl name
1993 20,575 5,824 14,751 #28 boy name
#58 girl name
1994 20,419 6,258 14,161 #29 boy name
#52 girl name
1995 20,046 6,479 13,567 #29 boy name
#50 girl name
1996 20,148 6,296 13,852 #27 boy name
#49 girl name
1997 21,925 7,166 14,759 #26 boy name
#40 girl name
1998 21,521 7,112 14,409 #27 boy name
#42 girl name
1999 18,781 5,730 13,051 #30 boy name
#48 girl name
2000 17,974 5,808 12,166 #36 boy name
#50 girl name
2001 16,613 5,802 10,811 #39 boy name
#47 girl name
2002 17,296 6,151 11,145 #37 boy name
#45 girl name
2003 15,977 5,650 10,327 #38 boy name
#48 girl name
2004 13,997 4,445 9,552 #43 boy name
#71 girl name
2005 13,084 3,693 9,391 #46 boy name
#86 girl name
2006 13,462 3,540 9,922 #46 boy name
#97 girl name
2007 13,369 3,327 10,042 #45 boy name
2008 11,727 2,647 9,080 #48 boy name
2009 10,737 2,093 8,644 #45 boy name
2010 9,953 1,725 8,228 #46 boy name
2011 9,696 1,634 8,062 #46 boy name
2012 9,217 1,421 7,796 #48 boy name
2013 8,416 1,232 7,184 #53 boy name
2014 8,158 1,309 6,849 #55 boy name
2015 7,484 1,212 6,272 #60 boy name
2016 6,702 1,113 5,589 #67 boy name

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Popularity of Jordan as a first name

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Popularity of Jordan as a last name

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Common last names for Jordan

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • White
  • Harris
  • Robinson
  • Evans
  • Moore
  • Lewis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jordan U.S.
  White 61.44% 64.26%
  African American 30.73% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.55% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.72% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.45% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.11% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jordan

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

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Fun Facts about the name Jordan

  • How Popular is the name Jordan? Jordan is the 127th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Jordan was the 67th most popular name. As a last name Jordan was the 116th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jordan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 493,787 babies born with the first name Jordan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jordan to occupy the country of Cape Verde with an estimated population of 491,875 (as of June 16, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jordan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 23 new born babies.
  • When was Jordan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jordan is Wednesday, August 15th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Jordan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jordan was in 1990 with a total of 16,131 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jordan!
  • Random Jordan Factoid: According to the 1995 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jordan ranks 23rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Georgia. Imagine that, 429 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1995.
  • Weird things about the name Jordan: Your name in reverse order is Nadroj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Drjaon. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jordan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 208,403 people with the last name Jordan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jordan? Jordan was ranked as the 116th 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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