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Gender: Male Meaning of Jordan: "flowing down" Origin of Jordan: Hebrew Jordan's Popularity in 2017: #73

The name Jordan is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "flowing down". Jordan is ranked #73 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Saints' Names For Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Three Strikes, You're Out -- Boys".

From the experts:

Jordan became one of the top unisex baby names in the heyday of basketball's Michael Jordan, and is still among the most popular unisex names starting with J. The name was originally given to those baptized in holy water brought back by Crusaders from the River Jordan, the only river in Palestine, and the one in which Christ was baptized by John the Baptist.

Celebrities with sons and daughters named Jordan include Taylor Hanson, Dierks Bentley, Dr. Phil and Kenny Rogers.

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Famous People Named Jordan

Jordan Nathaniel Marcel Knight, American singer
Jordan Robert Farmar, American basketball player
Jordan Ross Belfort, American former stock broker and convicted felon
Jordan Craig Hill, American basketball player
Jordan Alan Gross, American football player
Jordan Senn, American football player
Jordan Shipley, American football player
Jordan Alexander Pugh, American football player
Jordan Jude Babineaux, American football player
Jordan Lee Pickford, English footballer
Jordan William Fisher, American actor and singer
(Jordan) Taylor Hanson, American Singer
Jordan Ryan Yates, member of the former Christian pop band pureNRG
Jordan "J-Man" Francis, Canadian singer/dancer/actor
Jordan Calloway, American actor
Jordan Paul Fry, American actor
Jordan Haworth Peele, American actor and comedian
Jordan "Charlie Scene" Terrell, from group "Hollywood Undead"
Jordan Witzigreuter, member of The Ready Set
Jordan Zimmermann, American baseball player
Jordan Alexander Spieth, American golfer, won 2015 Masters and US Open
Jordan Rodgers,NFL football player, contestant on The Bachelor
Jordan Maron aka Captainsparklez, American YouTuber
Jordan Rodrigues, Australian actor, dancer, and singer
Jordan Banjo, English Dancer in group Diversity
Jordan Frye, Member of the YouTube channel VenturianTale
Jordan Masterson, American actor
Jordan Zevon, son of singer Warren Zevon
Jordan McGraw, son of TV personality Dr. Phil McGraw

Pop Culture References for the name Jordan

Jordan, character in book & movie "The 19th Wife"
Jordan Cahill, character in "Stuck in the Suburbs"
Jordan Kyle, character in "The Mortal Instruments" series
Jordan Wilder, character on TV's "Famous in Love"
Jordan Biggs, character in "Sims" series
Jordan Pike, character in "The Baby-Sitters Club"; triplet of brothers Adam and Byron
Lee Jordan, character from the Harry Potter series
Roll, Jordan, Roll, old slave song. "The River Jordan of the song became a coded message for escape, calling to mind the Mississippi or Ohio Rivers, both of which led to the slave-free northern United States and thus freedom"
Nike Air Jordan, athletic shoes inspired by Michael Jordan
Jordan, Middle Eastern nation

Jordan's International Variations

Jordon, Jourdain, Jorden (French) Jarden (Hebrew) Joord, Jordaan (Dutch) Jordão (Portuguese) Giordano (Italian)


livelaughlove._ Says:


This is my brother's name, and I absolutely love it. :)

indiefendi2 Says:


I'm basically the opposite. I think Jordan is just enough for both genders or even the supermodel Jourdan Dunn spelling is a unique way to set it apart --as she's British-- but I just can't stand when most girl names get yn endings to make it "girly" because I see it as "well boys get the same ending too and in Welsh yn *is* for boys". I don't understand it. to make it girly it should be the gorgeous Jordana.

LV51sfan91 Says:


I love this name for a boy only. I prefer Jordyn spelling if you must name your girl this;)

luella_madison Says:


This is one of the names, I believe, that is truly unisex. I prefer it on a male though.

KassemJ Says:


I despise this name. No matter how much I love Michael Jordan, this will always a limp, pretty boy douchebag name to me. I also hate the meaning, "Flowing down/descending", I know it's talking about the river it comes from but it make me think of "declining/failure". George and Gordon are infinitely superior in my opinion.

Leah3456 Says:


Love this name on a boy!

raevynstar Says:


I can tolerate this on a girl, since my half sister is named Jordan, but it's SO much better on a boy!