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Boy Name: Dean

Name: Dean
Pronunciation: \dean\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: valley; church official
Origin: English
Sounds Like: Dan, Deon, Den, Doan
Variant forms: Deane, Deen, Dene, Deyn, Dino
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 173
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 236


Dean \dean\ as a boy's name is pronounced deen. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Dean is "valley; church official". Place name, or occupational name signifying a church official or the head of a school. The name also means "law" in Hebrew. Actors Dean Cain; Dean Martin; American Secretaries of State Dean Acheson, Dean Rusk.

Dean has 5 variant forms: Deane, Deen, Dene, Deyn and Dino.

Baby names that sound like Dean are Dan, Deon, Den and Doan.

View a list of the 3 names that reference Dean.


Dean is a very popular first name for men (#173 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#236 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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