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Origin & Meaning

The name Jordan is of Hebrew origin.

The meaning of Jordan is "descend, to flow down".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 247  in baby name popularity for girls with 1300 occurrences.  It ranked 55 in popular baby names for boys with 6810 occurrences. 

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


The name Jordan stems from the name of the river that lies between the country of Jordan and the West Bank. The river flows through the Jordan Rift Valley into the Dead Sea. It is referenced a number of times in the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments.

The name Jordan is an Anglicized form of the River's Hebrew name, Yarden (יַרְדֵן), which itself derives from the Hebrew word yarad (יָרַד) meaning "descend".

In the Middle Ages children who were baptized in the Jordan's water that was brought back by the crusaders, were given the name.

The name lost popularity after the Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century either from the original given name or as a transferred use of the surname that derived from the original given name.

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Variants of the name Jordan include Jorden, Jordin, Jordon, Jordyn, Jordynn.

The names Giordani, Giordano, Iordan, Joord, Jordaan, Jordain, Jordana, Jordane, Jordanna, Jordell, Jordi, Joretta, Jourdain, Jourdaine, Jourdan, Jourdon, Yarad, Yardan, Yardane, Yardena, Yardenah are all forms of Jordan.

Jordan has the diminutives (nicknames) Jordy, Jory, Jud, Judd.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Jordan Knight.

Name Fun

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Hebrew names have their origins in either the Old Testament or modern Hebrew vocabulary.

Local language versions of biblical names of Hebrew origin such as Hannah and David are still widely internationally popular today.

Modern Hebrew names are often derived from Hebrew vocabulary, for example Aviva (spring) and Dov (bear).

Children of Jewish heritage are usually given a Hebrew name for religious purposes and are sometimes also given a local language version of that name for secular purposes.

By custom, Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of German or Eastern European descent) name their children after deceased relatives. This is in order to honor the deceased relative, keep their name and memory alive, and to form a bond between the soul of the baby and the deceased relative so that they can live on within the newer generation.

Sephardic Jews (Jews of Spain, Portugal and the Middle East) in contrast, name their children after living relatives or deceased relatives. The father's parents names are generally used first and then the mother's parents names.

Neither Ashkenazi or Sephardic Jews will name a baby after one of the parents.

After a child is born, the father is given an aliyah (religious honor to bless the reading of the Torah). After this a blessing is said for the health of the mother and child. If the baby is a girl, she is named at this time. If the baby is a boy, he will be named during his brit milah (ritual circumcision) generally eight days after birth.