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Canaan Meaning


What does Canaan mean?

The name Canaan is of Hebrew origin.

The meaning of Canaan is "biblical place name, humbled, subdued".

It is also of Hurrian origin, where its meaning is "purple".

Canaan is generally used as a boy's name.

It consists of 6 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced Ca-naan.

The Given Name Canaan

In the Bible, the name was borne by a grandson of Noah. It was also the name of an area that covered parts of modern day Lebanon, Syria, Israel, and Jordan. The derivation of the place name is unclear. It may have been named for Noah's grandson, where it would derive from the Hebrew verb kana meaning "humbled, subdued" or it may derive from the ancient Hurrian word for purple referring to the color of the dye largely produced in the area.

Canaan falls into the biblical name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Canaan Smith.

Canaan Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 829 in baby name popularity for boys with 265 occurrences. It ranked 7,111 in baby name popularity for girls with 16 occurrences.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 744 in baby name popularity for boys with 317 occurrences. It ranked 12,937 in baby name popularity for girls with 7 occurrences.

View the Canaan Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Canaan has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Canaan to other names.

Canaan Related Names

Famous Canaans

  • Canaan ~ Biblical Character (Gen. 10:6)
  • Canaan Smith ~ Country Musician

Canaan Numerology

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Then take a look at the Numerological Report For Canaan.

It may give you some insight about your new baby.

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Canaan Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Canaan in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Canaan.

Just for fun, see the name Canaan in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Canaan in Nautical Flags page.