Gender Masculine
Scripts דָּנִיֵּאל(Hebrew) Даниел(Bulgarian, Macedonian) Դանիէլ(Armenian) დანიელ(Georgian) Δανιήλ(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. DAN-yəl(English)
dah-nee-EHL(Hebrew)
DA-NYEHL(French)
DA-nyehl(German)
DAH-ni-yəl(Norwegian)
DA-nyəl(Danish)
DA-nyehl(Polish)
DA-ni-yehl(Czech)
DA-nee-ehl(Slovak)
da-NYEHL(Spanish)
du-nee-EHL(European Portuguese)
du-nee-EW(Brazilian Portuguese)
də-nee-EHL(Catalan)
da-nee-EHL(Romanian)
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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).

Related Names

VariantsDanilo(Spanish) Danilo(Portuguese) Danijel, Danilo(Slovene) Danail(Bulgarian) Danijel, Danilo(Croatian) Taneli(Finnish) Taaniel, Tanel(Estonian) Taniel(Armenian)
DiminutivesDan, Dannie, Danny(English) Dan, Dany(French) Dan(German) Dan, Danne(Swedish) Dan(Norwegian) Dan, Danni(Danish) Dan(Czech) Dan, Dani(Spanish) Dan(Portuguese) Dan, Dănuț(Romanian) Dancho(Bulgarian) Dančo(Macedonian) Danko(Croatian) Tatu(Finnish)
Feminine FormsDaniela, Daniella, Danna(English) Daniela(Hebrew) Danièle, Danielle, Dany(French) Daniela, Dana(German) Daniela(Polish) Daniela, Dana(Czech) Daniela, Dana, Danka(Slovak) Daniela(Spanish) Daniela(Portuguese) Daniela, Dana(Romanian) Danijela(Slovene) Daniela(Bulgarian) Daniela(Macedonian)
Other Languages & CulturesDanial, Daniyal(Arabic) Danel(Basque) Daniil(Belarusian) Daniyyel(Biblical Hebrew) Danihel(Biblical Latin) Deniel(Breton) Daniël, Daan, Dani, Danny(Dutch) Dániel, Dánjal(Faroese) Daniil(Greek) Dániel, Dani(Hungarian) Daníel(Icelandic) Danial(Indonesian) Daniele, Danilo(Italian) Daniels(Latvian) Danielius(Lithuanian) Danial(Malay) Danial, Daniyal(Persian) Daniil, Danila(Russian) Danijel, Danilo, Danko(Serbian) Danyal(Turkish) Danylo, Danyil(Ukrainian) Daniyal(Urdu) Deiniol(Welsh)
Surname DescendantsDaniel(Czech) Danielsen(Danish) Danell, Daniel, Daniell, Daniels, Danielson, Dannel, Danniel, Danniell, Dennell(English) Daniau, Daniel, Deniau, Deniaud, Deniel, Dennel(French) Daniel(German) Danielsen(Norwegian) Daniel(Polish) Daniel(Portuguese) Daniel(Romanian) Danielsson(Swedish)
Same SpellingDániel, Daníel, Daniël
User SubmissionsDaniél, Danièl

Images

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

People think this name is

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Name Days

Czechia: December 17
Finland: December 11
France: December 11
Germany: July 21
Greece: December 17
Poland: April 10
Poland: July 15
Poland: July 21
Poland: October 13
Poland: December 10
Slovakia: July 21
Spain: March 20
Spain: July 21
Sweden: December 11

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Entry updated April 25, 2021