Origin : Hebrew

God is my judge

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

Popularity of name Daniel over time

There are 1926933 people in the U.S. with the first name Daniel, this name was mostly popular in 1985 with popularity 38542 .

Daniel is used for both genders.

99.58 percent of people with the first name Daniel are man

0.42 percent of people with the first name Daniel are woman

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Most Famous People Named Daniel

character in the film "Saving Private Ryan"
character on TV's "Freaks and Geeks"
main character in game "Amnesia: The Dark Descent"
U.S. Confederate general
first husband of U.S. First Lady Martha Washington
Biblical prophet
son of King David and Abigail (1 Chr. 3:1)
founder of the Boy Scouts of America
American pioneer
American politician
main character of "The Karate Kid" franchise
a supporting character and the father of one of the main protagonists
" novel by George Eliot and its main character
character on "Gossip Girl"
American novelist
character in Nickelodeon's "Danny Phantom"
main character in movie "There Will Be Blood"
character on TV's 'Lost'
chief of the sons of Ithamar (Ezra 8:2)
Emilio Estevez's character in "The Way"
English novelist
character on "Stargate SG-1"

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