JORDAN
GENDER: Masculine & Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Јордан (Macedonian)
PRONOUNCED: JAWR-dən (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the name of the river which flows between the countries of Jordan and Israel. The river's name in Hebrew is יַרְדֵן (Yarden), and it is derived from יָרַד (yarad) meaning "descend" or "flow down". In the New Testament John the Baptist baptizes Jesus Christ in its waters, and it was adopted as a personal name in Europe after crusaders brought water back from the river to baptize their children. There may have been some influence from the Germanic name JORDANES, notably borne by a 6th-century Gothic historian.

This name died out after the Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century. In America and other countries it became fairly popular in the second half of the 20th century. A famous bearer of the surname is former basketball star Michael Jordan (1963-).

Related Names
VARIANT: Jordon (English)
FEMININE FORMS: Jordana, Jordyn (English), Jordana (Macedonian)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Jordanes (Ancient Germanic), Jordaan, Joord (Dutch), Jourdain (French), Giordano (Italian), Judd (Medieval English), Jordão (Portuguese), Jordán (Spanish)
Popularity
United States  ranked #48 for boys
 ranked #221 for girls
 
England/Wales  ranked #210 for boys 
Canada (BC)  ranked #81 for boys 
Australia (NSW)  ranked #69 for boys 
Belgium  - 
Chile  - 
France  ranked #158 for boys 
Ireland  - 
Netherlands  ranked #219 for boys 
New Zealand  ranked #71 for boys 
Northern Ireland  - 
Scotland  -