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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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Daniel Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Daniel. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Daniel Family Origin

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Daniel Family Occupations

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In 1881, Farmer, Journalier and Cordonnier were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Daniel. A less common occupation for the Daniel family was Cultivateur. The most common Daniel occupation in Canada was Farmer. 22% of Daniel's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Journalier

  • Cordonnier

  • Cultivateur


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Daniel Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 639,000 census records available for the last name Daniel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Daniel census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 63,000 immigration records available for the last name Daniel. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 143,000 military records available for the last name Daniel. For the veterans among your Daniel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Daniel Life Expectancy

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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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