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Jordan Meaning


What does Jordan mean?

The name Jordan is of Hebrew origin.

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

Jordan is used as both a boys and girls name.

It consists of 6 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced Jor-dan.

The Given Name Jordan

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 is derived from the Hebrew word yarad (יָרַד) meaning "descend".

In the Middle Ages, children baptized in the Jordan water 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 a surname that derived from the original given name.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Jordan Baker, and Jordan Dangerfield.

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Jordan Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 375 in baby name popularity for girls with 828 occurrences. It ranked 82 in baby name popularity for boys with 4,646 occurrences.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 356 in baby name popularity for girls with 886 occurrences. It ranked 73 in baby name popularity for boys with 5,132 occurrences.

Want to see how Jordan sizes up? How it compares to some other names? Then check out the Jordan Name Popularity Page.

Jordan Related Names

Jordan is a form of Yarden.

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, Yarden, Yardena, Yardenah are all forms of Jordan.

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

Famous Jordans

  • Jordan ~ Biblical Character (Gen. 13:10)
  • Jordan Baker ~ The Great Gatsby character
  • Jordan Dangerfield ~ Football Player
  • Jordan Norwood ~ Football Player
  • Jordan of Saxony ~ Saint

Jordan Numerology

Want to know how your name choice may effect your child?

Then take a look at the Numerological Report For Jordan.

It may give you some insight about your new baby.

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Jordan Name Fun

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

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Jordan.

Just for fun, see the name Jordan 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 Jordan in Nautical Flags page.