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Daniel Meaning


What does Daniel mean?

The name Daniel is of Hebrew origin.

The meaning of Daniel is "G-d is my judge".

Daniel is generally used as a boy's name.

It consists of 6 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced Dan-yel.

The Given Name Daniel

Daniel is the anglicized form of the biblical Hebrew name Daniyyel.

In Ireland the name is often used as an anglicized form of the Gaelic Domhnall.

Daniel is a name borne by a prophet in the Old Testament. His narrative is told in the Book of Daniel including the story of Daniel in the lion's den.

In the bible, he lived during the captivity of the citizens of Judah in Babylon (approx 604 BCE).

He served the government, and because he was a faithful to G-d, he was given the gift of prophecy, allowing him to interpret the king's dreams and foretell future events.

Daniel falls into the name categories biblical, classic, easy nickname, song.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Daniel B. Wesson, and Daniel Baldwin.

Daniel Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 15 in baby name popularity for boys with 11,173 occurrences. It ranked 6,275 in baby name popularity for girls with 19 occurrences.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 15 in baby name popularity for boys with 11,691 occurrences. It ranked 7,929 in baby name popularity for girls with 14 occurrences.

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

Daniel Related Names

Daniel is a form of Daniyyel.

Variants of the name Daniel include Danail, Daneil, Danell, Danial, Danniel, Danniell, Dannyel, Danyal, Danyale, Danyeal, Danyel, Danyl.

The names Danel, Danes, Daniele, Daniil, Danijel, Danil, Danilo, Daniyel, Daniyyel, Danna, Dannette, Danni, Dannia, Dannon, Danousek, Danusia, Danut, Danuta, Deiniol, Deniel, Dinah, Dinelle, Taneli, Taniel, Taniele, Tanielle are all forms of Daniel.

Daniel has the diminutives (nicknames) Dan, Danie, Danny.

Famous Daniels

  • Daniel ~ Biblical Character (1 Chr. 3:1, Dan. 1:3, Ezra 8:2), Saint
  • Daniel B. Wesson ~ Scientist, Business Mogul
  • Daniel Baldwin ~ Actor
  • Daniel Bernoulli ~ Scientist
  • Daniel Bovet ~ Nobel Prize for Medicine 1957
  • Daniel Brottier ~ Saint
  • Daniel C. Tsui ~ Nobel Prize for Physics 1998
  • Daniel Carleton Gajdusek ~ Nobel Prize for Medicine 1976
  • Daniel Craig ~ Actor
  • Daniel Dae Kim ~ Actor
  • Daniel Davis ~ Actor
  • Daniel Day Lewis ~ Actor
  • Daniel Defoe ~ Writer
  • Daniel Deronda ~ Daniel Deronda character
  • Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit ~ Scientist
  • Daniel Guggenheim ~ Business Mogul
  • Daniel J. Travanti ~ Actor
  • Daniel Kahneman ~ Nobel Prize for Economics 2002
  • Daniel McFadden ~ Nobel Prize for Economics 2000
  • Daniel Narcisse ~ Handball Player
  • Daniel Nathans ~ Nobel Prize for Medicine 1978
  • Daniel of Murano ~ Saint
  • Daniel Passarella ~ Soccer Player
  • Daniel Plainview ~ There Will Be Blood character
  • Daniel Radcliffe ~ Actor
  • Daniel Ricciardo ~ Driver
  • Daniel the Stylite ~ Saint
  • Daniel Weyman ~ Actor

Daniel Numerology

What will your new littleDaniel be like?

It may all be in the numbers.

The numbers that make up your child's name.

Numerology may give you some insight.

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Daniel Name Fun

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

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Daniel.

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