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Gender: M Meaning of Daniel: "God is my judge" Origin of Daniel: Hebrew Daniel's Popularity in 2013: #10

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Daniel is a perennial favorite. Having re-entered the Top 10 this year, Daniel is one of only a handful of male names that sounds both classic and modern, strong yet approachable, and popular but not cliched, with a solid Old Testament pedigree. The only real downside: there are more than 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 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 is currently the top name in Spain.

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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 Patrick Moynihan, American politician
Daniel Erik Sedin, Swedish ice hockey player
Daniel Alan David "Danny" Jones, member of 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 "Dan" Howell, English radio presenter and internet personality
Daniel Paille, Canadian NHL Hockey player
Daniel Santos, Puerto Rican boleros composer and singer of caribbean music
Daniel Sharman, English actor
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 "Bastille"
Daniel Lambert, English sportsman
Daniel Clement Dennett III, American philosopher
Daniel Ruggles, U.S. Confederate general

Pop Culture References for the Name Daniel

Dr. Daniel Jackson, character on TV's "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 TV's Gossip Girl
Daniel LaRusso, main character of The Karate Kid franchise
Daniel, Emilio Esteves' 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 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 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)

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

Daniel's International Variations

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