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Boy Name: Daniel

Name: Daniel
Pronunciation: \d(a)-niel\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: God is my judge
Origin: Hebrew
Related Names: Dana
Sounds Like: Donnel, Thaniel
Variant forms: Dan, Danal, Dane, Daneal, Danek, Danell, Dani, Danial, Daniele, Danil, Danilo, Danko, Dannel, Dannie, Danny, Dantrell, Danya, Danyal, Danyel, Deiniol
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 12
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 334

Description

Daniel \d(a)-niel\ as a boy's name is pronounced DAN-yel. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Daniel is "God is my judge". Biblical: the prophet and writer of the book of Daniel was a teenager when he was taken to Babylon after the destruction of Jerusalem in 607 BC. He survived a politically motivated death sentence in a lions' den. Many prominent men have had the name since, among them statesman Daniel Webster and frontiersman Daniel Boone. Danilo is a Spanish form; Dantrell is a contemporary blended variant. Novelist Daniel Defoe; entertainers Danny Thomas, Danny Kaye; Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan; actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Danny DeVito, Danny Aiello, Daniel Radcliffe.

Daniel has 20 variant forms: Dan, Danal, Dane, Daneal, Danek, Danell, Dani, Danial, Daniele, Danil, Danilo, Danko, Dannel, Dannie, Danny, Dantrell, Danya, Danyal, Danyel and Deiniol.

For more information, see also the related name Dana.

Baby names that sound like Daniel are Donnel and Thaniel.

View a list of the 7 names that reference Daniel.

Popularity

Daniel is a very popular first name for men (#12 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#334 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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