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Gender: Male Meaning of Daniel: "God is my judge" Origin of Daniel: Hebrew Daniel's Popularity in 2017: #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 "CAF Elimination Style".

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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Famous People Named Daniel

Daniel, son of King David and Abigail (1 Chr. 3:1)
Daniel, Biblical prophet
Daniel, chief of the sons of Ithamar (Ezra 8:2)
Daniel Defoe, English novelist
Daniel Boone, American pioneer
Daniel Parke Custis, first husband of U.S. First Lady Martha Washington
Daniel Parke Custis, Jr., son of Daniel Custis and Martha Washington
Daniel Webster, American politician
Daniel Ruggles, U.S. Confederate general
Daniel C. Roberts (1841-1907), hymnist
Daniel "Dan" Beard, founder of the Boy Scouts of America
Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket, American novelist
Daniel César Martín Brühl (González Domingo), German-Spanish actor
Daniel Bryan (born Bryan Lloyd Danielson), American professional wrestler
Daniel Leroy Baldwin, American actor
Daniel Lemkus, vegan lifestyle youtuber from New Zealand
Daniel Dae Hyun Kim, Korean-American actor
Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis, English actor
Daniel Michael "Danny" DeVito, American actor
Daniel Wroughton Craig, English actor
Daniel Jonathan "Dan" 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 "Skip" Sahyounie, member of the Janoskians
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe, English actor
Daniel Joshua Gillies, Canadian actor
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 "Danny" Gonzalo Pino, American actor
Daniel Pearl, journalist with American and Israeli citizenship, kidnapped by Pakistani militants and later murdered in Pakistan
Daniel Robert "Dan" Middleton aka DanTDM, English YouTuber
Daniel Anthony "Danger" Padilla aka Smosh, American YouTuber
Daniel Goodfellow, British diver
Daniel Kyre, sketch comedian from YouTube
Daniel Wu Yin-cho, Chinese-American actor, director, and producer
Daniel James Seavey, American pop singer
Daniel Coulter "Dan" Reynolds, American musician of band Imagine Dragons
(Daniel) Wayne "Wing" Sermon, American musician of band Imagine Dragons
Daniel James Platzman, American musician of band Imagine Dragons
Daniel Stewart, Australian actor and son of Patrick Stewart
Daniel Neeson, son of actors Liam Neeson and the late Natasha Richardson
Daniel Isaam Stapp (b. 2010), son of American singer Scott Stapp
Daniel James "Dan" Howell, British video blogger and former radio personality
Daniel Salloi, Hungarian soccer player
Daniel Christopher Preda, American Instagram blogger
Daniel J. Layton, British YouTuber
Daniel Amartey, Ghanaian footballer
Daniel Podence, Portuguese professional footballer
Daniel Wass, Danish professional footballer
Daniel Joseph Ricciardo, Australian Formula 1 driver
Daniel Kang, Korean singer of boy group Wanna One

Pop Culture References for the name Daniel

Daniel LeBlanc, a supporting character and the father of one of the main protagonists, Marie-Laure LeBlanc in 'All The Light We Cannot See'
Daniel Jackson, character in the film "Saving Private Ryan"
Daniel Desario, character on TV's "Freaks and Geeks"
Daniel Jackson, character on "Stargate SG-1"
"Daniel Deronda," novel by George Eliot and its main character
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 Turpin, character in DC Universe
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 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 Rodriguez, character in the "Sims" series
Daniel "Manly Dan" Corduroy, character in "Gravity Falls"
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"
Daniel, a character from "The Dead-Tossed Waves" by Carrie Ryan
Daniel "Dan" Espinoza, character on the TV series "Lucifer"
Daniel, character in Aphmau's YouTube series
Daniel/Danila, character in webcomic "Drugs and Wires"
"Daniel," song by Elton John
"Daniel," song by Bat for Lashes
"Daniel," song by Devendra Bernhart
Daniel "Dan" Conner, main character in TV sitcom "Roseanne"
Daniel Ramos "Denver", one of the main characters in series “Money Heist”
Daniel Hayward, character from Netflix's "Greenhouse Academy"
Daniel, character from Canadian TV Show "The Next Step"
"Daniel" by Elton John
Daniel from Damn Daniel!, known to wear white vans

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)


Sir Sci Says:


The thing about Daniel is that, while consistently a popular name, most go by Dan or occasionally Danny. So going by Daniel means you’re almost never confused with other people with the same name, although it also means that people will inexplicably call you “Dan” when you go by Daniel.

lindakovtoun Says:


HAHA! Its just that one Daniel. What a dog! ;)

QueenMe Says:


In Hebrew its pronounced "Da-nee-el" Which I like better than"Dan-yul"

JustineAndNames Says:


I didn't use to like this name but it's increasingly growing on me, the only problem being that I don't love the nicknames Danny and Dan. I also associate this name with religion because of the meaning and a boy I knew, which I'm not sure is a positive association for me.

Alaina Says:


I've always hated Daniel since I was little!

funnybunny771 Says:


My twin brother and I are the eldest of seven kids. We are now 18 but our parents were quite young when we were born so they just kind of decided on names before we were born and just figured since we were babies they would be fine since they thought babies suit anything! So all the way through my mum's pregnancy, I was Katharine and my brother was John (named after relatives). When we were born my parents pretended to each other that they still liked the names for us but secretly didn't! Luckily it eventually came out that they both hated the names for us and they had to quickly think of new ones! They came up with mine (Emma) first and then Daniel for my brother. Unfortunately they had already told our relatives that we were to be called after them (a grandmother and uncle) so they then had to explain that we didn't suit the names. The intention was for us to just have one middle name (after a family member) but to make amends they gave both of us two to not upset anyone and that is why all of our siblings also have two middle names! So my brother is called Daniel William John and we all call him Danny which we occasionally shorten to Dan. We are 10 minutes apart and let me just tell you, those were the worst 10 minutes of my life! I don't know what I would do without him! I've always found the story funny; hopefully it makes someone else laugh too!

hermioneameliastyles Says:


My great Grandfather's name is Daniel. However, he went by North, his middle name. I love Daniel and don't see why he didn't go by it unless someone else in the family was named Daniel.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this name, with Danny for short. I also love Danton, for Danny.

lillismonica Says:


Same guy?

LV51sfan91 Says:


I like it but it's my Grandfathers name and we're not close.

bearcub27 Says:


This is something so cheerful about the name Daniel. I'm loving it lately. Danny is such a cute nickname.

Leah3456 Says:


Love this name!

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I love this name after reading 'Fallen', the character Daniel is strong, handsome and caring but I'll probably never use this name.

Addie88 Says:


I had a terrible ex named Daniel, too. And now this lovely name is ruined.

Clarissa. Says:


I was never attracted by this name after I read the Legend trilogy, written by Marie Lu. The two main character Daniel Wing and June Iparis are admirabel - and Daniel has its nickname and pseudoym as "Day"; this idea is pretty stunning and if you know what this nickname means in the book, you'll know how beautiful this name can be; you can't don't love it ! =D

Guest Says:


One of those "completely absolutely ruined for me" names because of an ex. I hate this name now. I hate seeing it. I do love Dania for a girl though.