Gender: Male Meaning of Dean: "church official" Origin of Dean: English Dean's Popularity in 2019: #174

Dean Origin and Meaning

The name Dean is a boy's name of English origin meaning "church official".

Dean may sound to some like a retro surfer boy name, but it is once again climbing up the popularity chart in the USA. For decades it was associated with Dean (born Dino) Martin; more recent representatives include Dean Cain, Dean McDermott and Dean Koontz -- not to mention Jared Padalecki's dreamy Dean Forester in Gilmore Girls.

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Rank in US: #174

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Pop Culture References for the name Dean

Dino, Dene, Deyn, Deane, Deen


funnybunny771 Says:


I don't like this name; my eighteen year old cousin is called Dean Henry and I just think Dean is a weak name...

Ziggy2112 Says:


One of my favourite names, though hard to ignore the religious meaning.

Fictionprincess Says:


I love this name! Short, handsome, easy to remember, easy to spell, sounds very manly for a grown man yet adorable and cute on a young boy. I do strongly associate this name with Dean Winchester and Dean Winters. Love them both.
Though associations attached to this name or not, I wouldn't mind naming a son of mine this.

headintheclouds Says:


Dean from Supernatural!! I love that show. I think Dean is a short and sweet, clean-cut surname name that would appeal to fans of streamlined one- or two-syllable sounds. My issue with it is that it also describes a workplace position- what if a Dean becomes a university dean? He'd be Dean Dean (surname)! xD Other than that, Dean's nice, and I personally like it as a middle name to offset a longer first name.

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ZPK Says:


I love this name. I always wanted to use it but I had three daughters. Ha ha. It's a simple and strong name for a boy.

EleanorAll1 Says:


I agree. Super cute!

GreenEyes375 Says:


I really like this name. Of course, the Supernatural association doesn't hurt. I would love to use it as a middle name.

wildewest Says:


I think the info is forgetting the legion of Supernatural fans out there determined to model their sons after Dean Winchester.

Erin2341 Says:


My number one boy name! I love the boy names Dean and Silas. I think Dean and Si sound like an odd mixy matchy set of brothers.

Guest Says:


This name is so cool and simple. One of my favorite boy names.

lillian85 Says:


I really like this name. It is short, easy to pronounce, easy to spell, cool, and has some great namesakes.