Daniel (dan-yuhl) is a masculine name that is used in the English, Hebrew, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian, Armenian, Georgian, Biblical, and Biblical Greek languages.
Meaning and HistoryEdit
Daniel is derived from the Hebrew name Daniyyel, meaning "God is my judge".
In the Old Testament, Daniel was a Hebrew prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel. 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.
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.