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Gender Masculine & Feminine
Scripts Јордан(Macedonian, Serbian)
Pronounced Pron. JAWR-dən(English)
ZHAWR-DAHNN(French)
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Meaning & History

From the name of the river that 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

VariantsJordon(English) Jourdain(French)
Feminine FormsJordyn, Jordana(English) Jordana(Macedonian) Jordana(Serbian)
Other Languages & CulturesJordanes(Ancient Germanic) Iordan, Yordan(Bulgarian) Jordà(Catalan) Jordaan, Joord(Dutch) Yarden(Hebrew) Giordano(Italian) Judd(Medieval English) Jordão(Portuguese) Jordán(Spanish)
Surname DescendantsJordan(English) Jordan(French)
Same SpellingJordán

Popularity

People think this name is

modern   youthful   wholesome   strong   strange   simple  
Croatia: August 19
France: February 15
Poland: February 13
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