Gender: Male Meaning of Daniel: "God is my judge" Origin of Daniel: Hebrew Daniel's Popularity in 2019: #15

Daniel Origin and Meaning

The name Daniel is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "God is my judge".

Daniel was derived from the Hebrew name Daniyyel, from the elements din, meaning “judge,” and ’el, “God.” The Book of Daniel in the Old Testament describes the Jewish prophet’s life of captivity in Babylon and visions of the last days of Earth. Dan and Danny are common short forms of Daniel.

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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Rank in US: #15

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Famous People Named Daniel

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)


DefiantlyNotMaria Says:


Daniel is an amazing name!
my boyfriends name is Daniel and he's the most sweetest and caring person i know. he can get a bit jealous at times, but that's only adorable in my eyes. He's ma sunshine and the light to my day. Daniel is just such an amazing person and im sure if you name your child Daniel, he's gonna grow up to be a really really sweet and handsome person
much love, Mai <3
love you Daniel :3

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.