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Daniel Name Meaning

English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian (Dániel), Romanian, and Jewish: from the Hebrew personal name Daniel ‘God is my judge’, borne by a major prophet in the Bible. The major factor influencing the popularity of the personal name (and hence the frequency of the surname) was undoubtedly the dramatic story in the Book of Daniel, recounting the prophet’s steadfast adherence to his religious faith in spite of pressure and persecution from the Mesopotamian kings in whose court he served: Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar (at whose feast Daniel interpreted the mysterious message of doom that appeared on the wall, being thrown to the lions for his pains). The name was also borne by a 2nd-century Christian martyr and by a 9th-century hermit, the legend of whose life was popular among Christians during the Middle Ages; these had a minor additional influence on the adoption of the Christian name. Among Orthodox Christians in Eastern Europe the name was also popular as being that of a 4th-century Persian martyr, who was venerated in the Orthodox Church. Irish: reduced form of McDaniel, which is actually a variant of McDonnell, from the Gaelic form of Irish Donal (equivalent to Scottish Donald), erroneously associated with the Biblical personal name Daniel. See also O’Donnell.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Danis, Dankel, Dangel, Daniels, Angel, Bandel, Danieli, Faniel

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You can see how Daniel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Daniel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Daniel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 941 Daniel families living in London. This was about 13% of all the recorded Daniel's in the UK. London had the highest population of Daniel families in 1891.
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What did your Daniel ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Daniel. 8% of Daniel men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Daniel women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Daniel were Retired and Unpaid Domestic.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    8%
  • Farmer
    6%
  • Builders Labourer
    4%
  • Retired
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    65%
  • Private Means
    3%
  • Domestic Duties
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Daniel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Daniel in 1941 was 40, and 74 in 2004.

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