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Gender: Male Pronunciation: DECK-lin Meaning of Declan: "man of prayer" Origin of Declan: Irish, meaning unknown, possible "man of prayer" Declan's Popularity in 2017: #116

The name Declan is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "man of prayer". Declan is ranked #116 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Irish Boy Names - Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Generation Choice CAF".

From the experts:

Declan, the amiable and appealing name of an Irish saint (and the real first name of singer Elvis Costello), is very popular in the Emerald Isle and beginning its certain climb to popularity here, after debuting on the American list in 1998. Like Aidan and Liam, Declan is shaping up to be an American hit.

St. Declan of Ardmore was a very early Irish missionary, preceding St. Patrick. Declan Porter is a current character on Revenge.

Cyndi Lauper spelled her son's name Declyn.

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Famous People Named Declan

Declan Patrick (Aloysius) McManus, birth name of Elvis Costello, British singer-songwriter
Declan Quinn, Irish-American cinematographer
Declan 'Dec' Donnelly, British presenter
Declan Donnellan, English film and stage director
Declan Kidney, former Irish rugby union coach
Declan James Ganley, Irish CEO and political activist
Declan 'Fabio' O'Brien, Irish footballer
Declan O'Rourke, Irish singer-songwriter
Declan Lowney, Irish TV and film director
Declan John Galbraith, English singer
Declan McKenna, British singer-songwriter
Declan O'Malley, son of actor Mike O'Malley
Declan James McMahon (b. 2004), son of wrestling mogul Shane McMahon
Declan Sawyers (b. 2008), son of soccer player Julie Foudy and Ian Sawyers
Declan George McBride (b. 2011), son of actor Danny McBride
Declan O'Hare (b. 2011), son of actor Denis O'Hare
Declan Stump (b. 2014) son of musician Patrick Stump

Pop Culture References for the name Declan

Declan Flaherty, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Declan Desmond, character on TV's "The Simpsons"
Declan O'Callaghan, character from movie "Leap Year"
Declan Porter, character from TV series, Revenge
Declan McDonough, character on the TV series, Kyle XY
Declan Coyne, character on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation'
Declan Dunn, main character on TV's "Mysterious Ways"
Declan Doyle, character on the television show "Criminal Minds"
Declan Foray, character in "Experiment in Terror" by Karina Halle
Declan Ross, main character in "Isle of Swords" by Wayne Thomas Batson
Declan Connor, character from Virgins of paradise, by Barbara Wood
Declan O'Duinne, character in the Longbow series by Wayne Grant
Declan Rand, character in the TV series Psych
Declan Lynch, character from the Raven Cycle book series by Maggie Stiefvater
Declan "Gill" Giloglie the Third, character from Acorna, The Unicorn Girl (Series by Anne McCaffery and Margaret Ball
Declan Rivers, character in the "Jocelyn Frost Series" by Relina Skye
Declan Broekhart, character in "Airman" by Eoin Colfer