Dean - boys name

Dean name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 88%

Dean name meaning:

The name Dean is of English origin and has multiple meanings. It can be derived from the Old English word "denu," meaning "valley." In this context, Dean symbolizes someone who lives near or in a valley. The name can also be associated with the Latin word "decanus," which means "leader" or "chief." This interpretation suggests that someone named Dean possesses leadership qualities or holds a position of authority.

Dean is a popular name for boys and has been used for centuries. It gained significant popularity in the 20th century, partly due to the influence of famous figures who bore the name, such as Dean Martin and James Dean. The name has a strong, masculine sound and evokes a sense of strength and confidence. Parents who choose the name Dean for their son may be drawn to its simple yet timeless appeal.

In summary, the name Dean holds various meanings, including "valley" and "leader." It is a strong and masculine name that has been popular for generations.

Origin: Latin

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Unisex names

Related names

Dean , D'Angelo, Deanda, Deandrea, Deandria, Deeandra, Dianda, Diandra, Diandre, DiAngelo, Dina

Other boys names beginning with D


Overall UK ranking: 592 out of 4789

64 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (401)

Historical popularity of Dean

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