Gender: Male Meaning of Daniel: "God is my judge" Origin of Daniel: Hebrew Daniel's Popularity in 2018: #15

The name Daniel is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "God is my judge". Daniel is ranked #15 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Daniel is a perennial favorite; it's been in the Top 15 names for boys every year since 1972 and ranks first among all baby names starting with D. 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 more than 10,000 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 one of the top Spanish names for boys.

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Pop Culture References for the name Daniel

Dane, Danny, Dannie, Danyal, Dan, 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, (Spanish)


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