"messenger, servant"

Deacon Origin and Meaning

The name Deacon is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "messenger, servant".

This name was transposed from the word for a church officer to a baby name when Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe chose it for their son, after a baseball player ancestor, and Don Johnson followed suit. Its popularity also got a boost from Nashville character Deacon Claybourne -- only to fall a bit in recent years.

# 534 in the US

Deacon Rank in US Top 1000

# 647 on Nameberry

Deacon Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Deacon Popularity

Famous People Named Deacon

  • James Thomas "Deacon" McGuireAmerican baseball player
  • David D. "Deacon" JonesAmerican NFL football player
  • Carroll Elmer "Deacon" JonesAmerican baseball pitcher
  • James Laurie "Deacon" WhiteAmerican baseball player
  • Deacon John MooreAmerican R&B musician
  • Deacon Tehanakore ManuNew Zealand,born Fijian rugby union player
  • Deacon Reese Phillippeson of actors Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe
  • Deacon Freyson of musician Glenn Frey of The Eagles
  • Deacon Johnson (b. 2006)son of American actor Don Johnson
  • John Richard Deaconbassist of Queen

Deacon in Pop Culture

  • Deacon Claybournecharacter on TV's "Nashville"
  • Deacon Slempsadist in Nathanael West's "A Cool Million" (1934)
  • Deacon "Deke" Kayecharacter in the movie "S.W.A.T."
  • Deacon Frostcharacter in Marvel Comics
  • Deaconcharacter in video game, Fallout 4
  • Deacon BlueScottish rock band
  • Deacon Hatchercharacter in book series "The Program"
  • "Deacon Blues" song by Steely Dan on their 1977 album "Aja"
  • Deaconvampire in Taika Waititi's film, "What We Do in the Shadows"
  • Deacon Palmercharacter on TV's "King of Queens"
  • Deacon Logancharacter from the Bill & Ted movies