Gender: Male Meaning of Deacon: "messenger, servant" Origin of Deacon: Greek Deacon's Popularity in 2019: #508

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.

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Rank in US: #508

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Pop Culture References for the name Deacon

Deekon, Deecon, Deakin


Bassilly Says:


Which is the Jamaican pronunciation of bacon, or the Australian pronunciation of beer can... teehee.

denmama9 Says:


Nope, that's inaccurate, indiefendi2. The top 1000 from the Social Security is only the 'most popular' in that enough babies were given that name to make it onto the list. Considering that the number 1 names on the lists are about 1% of all names given, and that the number 1000 names on the list are 0.01%, it's sort of hard to argue that a name given to fewer than 3000 babies (you'd need about 4000+ babies with the name to fall inside of the top 100 names) is 'popular' at all. Divide it out by state: 3000/50 = 60. Sixty kids per state, at most, given that name that year, when the most popular name is given nearly 20,000 times. You really do have to get into the top 100 or so to be common enough to hear regularly. 'Most' popular would be the top 100, the top 50 or, yes, the top 10. That's what 'most' means: it's superlative, which necessarily leaves out the bottom rungs of the ladder, even if the bottom rungs of the ladder are still being counted.

Your point that word names, even words with religious significance, are regularly used as names is accurate, though I disagree with you and agree with autumnreverie in saying that Messiah and Maverick are not among the 'most' popular.

Other than that, it's inappropriate to call people 'fool.' I flagged your comment as such.

indiefendi2 Says:


By being in the TOP 1000 it makes it two of the most popular boys names in itself, fool. Deacon is too. It does have to be Top 10 alone to be the most popular, there doesn't have to be 50,000 boys with the same name in one year to be considered the most popular it's all relative. 😒 If it on the SSA list it's among the most popular.

autumnreverie Says:


Messiah and Maverick are not "two of the most popular boys' names in America." There were only 1776 boys named Messiah and 2940 boys named Maverick in 2016.

indiefendi2 Says:


Well, being that "Messiah" and "Maverick" are now two of the most popular boys' names in America... I don't think that's an issue these days anymore. 👀

-EagleEyes- Says:


I love everything about this name, especially the sound, but I'm unsure if it's too tied to the actual word/title.

lyky1022 Says:


I named my son Deacon and absolutely love it. He will be one this month!

Kailagood Says:


I really wish my husband would agree to this name.

Kayte Says:


Deacon Sharpe is a character on the soap Bold and the Beautiful.

Zelliew Says:



indiefendi2 Says:


Deacon is definitely on my shortlist for a boy. Angelo is my #1 choice but if I have 2 boys Deacon will be one of them! It's Christian but has a strong sound, two syllables and ends with n without being in the megatrend Aidan family.

lesliemarion Says:


I love this name. It has a gravitas but is not odd like Priest or Guru.

ARead Says:


well, it was a pretty odd (and humorous) senario

jordalini Says:


I just think of a church official..

fifer Says:


(in Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox churches) an ordained minister of an order ranking below that of priest.
(in some Protestant churches) a lay officer appointed to assist a minister, especially in secular affairs.
(in the early church) an appointed minister of charity.
appoint or ordain as a deacon.
I think that's why.

clairels Says:


For some reason, the phrase "dumpster-dwelling boyfriend" makes me LOL.

ARead Says:


It's also the full name of Max's dumpster-dwelling boyfriend Deek in a season of "Two Broke Girls."

SimoneKadele Says:


Reminds me of Beacon... :(

Guest Says:


How is this perfectly reasonable name in the "Crazy Celebrity Baby Names" list?