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Gender: M Meaning of Daniel: "God is my judge" Origin of Daniel: Hebrew Daniel's Popularity in 2015: #12

Daniel is a perennial favorite; it's been in the Top 15 names for boys every year since 1972, Daniel is one of only a handful of male names that sounds both classic and modern, strong yet approachable, and popular but not cliched. It also has a solid Old Testament pedigree. The only real downside: There are nearly 14,000 Daniels named each year, making it a less than distinctive choice.

Daniel was popular in the days of Daniel Webster and Daniel Boone, and its appeal is international, from Ireland to Israel. It was the name of one of the greatest biblical heroes, with the inspiring story of the prophet whose faith protected him when he was thrown into a den of lions. Yet it does not seem as solemn and weighty as others like Abraham and Ezekiel. And its nicknames -- Danny and Dan -- make it sound even friendlier, though, as with other classics, many modern parents are opting to use the name in full.

Daniel was recently a top name in Spain.

Famous People Named Daniel

Daniel, Biblical prophet
Daniel Defoe, English novelist
Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket, American novelist
Daniel "Dan" Beard, founder of the Boy Scouts of America
Daniel Boone, American pioneer
Daniel Webster, American politician
Daniel César Martín Brühl (González Domingo), German-Spanish actor
Daniel Bryan (born Bryan Lloyd Danielson), American professional wrestler
Daniel Dae Kim, American actor
Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis, English actor
Daniel Michael "Danny" DeVito, American actor
Daniel Wroughton Craig, English actor
Daniel "Dan" Jonathan Stevens, English actor
Daniel "Dan" DeCarlo, American cartoonist
Daniel Constantine "Dan" Marino, American football player
Daniel "Dani" Pedrosa, Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, American politician
Daniel Erik Sedin, Swedish ice hockey player
Daniel Alan David "Danny" Jones, musician of band McFly
Daniel Dwight Tosh, American comedian
Daniel Parke Custis, first husband of U.S. First Lady Martha Washington
Daniel Parke Custis, Jr., son of Daniel Custis and Martha Washington
Daniel "Skip" Sahyounie, member of the Janoskians
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe, English actor
Daniel Joshua Gillies, Canadian actor
Daniel "Dan" James Howell, English radio presenter and Youtuber known for his channel "danisnotonfire"
Daniel Paille, Canadian NHL Hockey player
Daniel Santos, Puerto Rican boleros composer and singer of caribbean music
Daniel Andrew Sharman, English actor
Daniel Phillip Henney, Korean-American actor and model
Daniel Dewan Sewell aka Danny Brown, American rapper
Daniel William "Danny" Wood, singer of American group New Kids On The Block
Daniel Wayne Smith, son of model/actress Anna Nicole Smith
Daniel "Danny" Way, American pro skateboarder
Daniel Woods, American rock climber
Daniel Mark Nestor, Canadian tennis player
Daniel "Danny" Murillo, from group "Hollywood Undead"
Daniel "Dan" Carter, New Zealand rugby player
Daniel "Dan" Campbell Smith, lead singer of band Bastille
Daniel Lambert, English sportsman
Daniel Clement Dennett III, American philosopher
Daniel Ruggles, U.S. Confederate general
Daniel "Danny" Gonzalo Pino, American actor
Daniel Pearl, journalist with American and Israeli citizenship, kidnapped by Pakistani militants and later murdered in Pakistan
Daniel Neeson, son of actors Liam Neeson and the late Natasha Richardson

Pop Culture References for the name Daniel

Private Daniel Jackson, character in the film "Saving Private Ryan"
Daniel Desario, character in the television series "Freaks and Geeks", portrayed by James Franco
Dr. Daniel Jackson, character on "Stargate SG-1"
"Daniel Deronda," novel by George Eliot
Daniel Faraday, character on TV's 'Lost'
Daniel Plainview, main character in movie "There Will Be Blood"
Daniel, main character in game "Amnesia: The Dark Descent"
Daniel "Dan" Humphrey, character on "Gossip Girl"
Daniel LaRusso, main character of "The Karate Kid" franchise
Daniel, Emilio Estevez's character in "The Way"
Daniel "Danny" Fenton, character in Nickelodeon's "Danny Phantom"
J.Daniel Atlas, from the movie "Now You See Me"
Daniel " Dan" Cahill, character from the "39 Clues" series
Daniel Slippery, character on "Fortysomething"
Daniel "Danny" Edward Morgan, character on American soap "General Hospital"
Daniel "Danny" MaccabDee III, from movie "Just Go With It"
Daniel "Danny" Messer, character on "CSI: NY"
Daniel Altan Wing aka 'Day,' hero of Marie Lu's Legend Trilogy.
Daniel "Danny" Zuko, character in movie/musical "Grease"
Daniel "Danny" Torrance, character in book/movie "The Shining"
"Daniel," song by Elton John
"Daniel," song by Bat for Lashes
"Daniel," song by Devendra Bernhart
Daniel Grigori, a main character in the "Fallen" series (Lauren Kate)
Daniel "Danny" Ocean, main character in movies "Ocean's Eleven," "Ocean's Twelve," and "Ocean's Thirteen"
Daniel Holden, main character in the TV series, "Rectify"
Daniel, character in video game 'Fallout New Vegas- Honest Hearts'
Daniel Sempere, main character in the book "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, also featured in sequel "The Prisoner of Heaven"

Dan, Danyal, Danny, Dane, Dannie, Daneal, Danyel, Danal

Daniel's International Variations

Danila, Daniell, Daniil, Danilka, Danil, Danya, Danylo (Russian) Dainéal, Dainial (Irish Gaelic) Danko, Dano, Danek (Czech) Taneli (Finnish) Danilo (Ukranian) Donelo, Danialo, Nilo, Nelo (Spanish) Daneel (Dutch) Daniele (Italian) Dacso (Hungarian) Deiniol (Welsh) Dannel (Swiss) Daniels (Latvian) Daneil (Eastern European) Danial (French) Danele (Basque) Daniyel, Dani (Israeli)