No. Of Syllables:2
No. Of Letters:6
Origin & Meaning
The meaning of Jordan is "descend, to flow down".
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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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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.
Some famous bearers of this name include: Jordan Knight.
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Names Like This
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.