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Scriptsדָּנִיֵּאל Hebrew Даниел BulgarianMacedonian Դանիէլ Armenian დანიელ Georgian Δανιηλ Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.DAN-yəl EnglishDanish
dah-nee-EL Hebrew
DA-NYEL French
DA-nee-el German
DA-nyel Polish
da-NYEL Spanish

Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name דָּנִיֵּאל (Daniyyel) meaning "God is my judge", from the roots דִּין (din) meaning "to judge" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". Daniel was a Hebrew prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. He lived during the Jewish captivity in Babylon, where he served in the court of the king, rising to prominence by interpreting the king's dreams. The book also presents Daniel's four visions of the end of the world.

Due to the popularity of the biblical character, the name came into use in England during the Middle Ages. Though it became rare by the 15th century, it was revived after the Protestant Reformation. Famous bearers of this name include English author Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), Swiss mathematician Daniel Bernoulli (1700-1782), and American frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734-1820).
VariantsDanilo Spanish Danilo Portuguese Danijel, Danilo Slovene Danail Bulgarian Danijel, Danilo Croatian Taniel Armenian
DiminutivesDan, Dannie, Danny English Dan French Dan German Dan Swedish Dan Norwegian Dan Danish Dan Polish Dan Czech Dan, Dani Spanish Dan Portuguese Dan, Dănuț Romanian Dancho Bulgarian Dančo Macedonian Danko Croatian
Feminine FormsDaniela, Daniella, Danielle, Danna English Danièle, Danielle French Daniela, Dana German Daniela, Dana Czech Daniela, Dana, Danka Slovak Daniela Spanish Daniela Portuguese Daniela, Dana Romanian Danijela Slovene Daniela Bulgarian Daniela Macedonian
Other Languages & CulturesDanyal Arabic Danel Basque Daniyyel Biblical Hebrew Danihel Biblical Latin Deniel Breton Daniël, Daan Dutch Dániel, Dánjal Faroese Taneli, Tatu Finnish Daniil Greek Dániel, Dani Hungarian Daníel Icelandic Daniele, Danilo Italian Daniels Latvian Danielius Lithuanian Danyal Persian Daniil Russian Danijel, Danilo, Danko Serbian Danyal Turkish Danyal Urdu Deiniol Welsh
Same SpellingDániel, Daníel, Daniël


Daniel in the Den of Lions (1866) by Gustave DoréDaniel in the Den of Lions (1866) by Gustave Doré
Daniel (1866) by Gustave DoréDaniel (1866) by Gustave Doré


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Entry updated July 11, 2018   Contribute