Dean Name Meaning & Origin

Dean

Pronunciation: DEEN (key)

Origin of the name Dean:

Transferred use of the surname taken from various place-names composed of the Old English denu (valley). It originally was descriptive of one who lived in or near a valley. Another surname arose from the Middle English deen (dean) and the Old French deien (dean), an occupational name for the presiding official of a cathedral, collegiate church, university, or group. The names are now inextricable.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Dane, Deane

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Comments and insights on the name Dean: | Edit

My 3 month old son is named dean he is a very happy mild mannered little boy people say he is very alert for his age glad we picked this name its not super common but not weird or made up

ADEN, DANE, DEAN, DENA, EDNA, and NEDA are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Personal experiences with the name Dean: | Edit

I have an older brother named Dean. He's a badass. A very great man.

I have an older brother named Dean--he's a highly decorated marine, and ex-special forces. He's cool, until you piss him off. He will murder and make it look like an accident.

I have a teenager named Dean. There were very few babies named Dean 14 years ago and it's still an unusual name. I had hoped he would grow into his name---strong, handsome, smart---and he has!

My boyfriend Dean is a beautiful human being. I fell for him really, really hard. He has beautiful green eyes, and freckles, and hair, and, and....... He's just really pretty and smart. (also see: CASTIEL)

My unbiological son is named Dean, I practically raised the kid because his daddy was always away on business, he was an idgit but he was one of the best people I ever new, he turned out to be a great hero.

My brother dean, his the greatest, i know that ge would die for me. And had. He deserves a life out of he family business like he had once. He'll always be my hero no matter how much of a jerk he may be

I met a Dean once, he's in the same line of work as me. He's funny and adorable. He's inlove with this innocent and angelic Castiel and he has a brother Samuel. Their good at their job one of the best out there.

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Deano
Dino
Dee
Den
Dan
Bean
Denny
squirel
Jerk
Not Moose

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Famous real-life people named Dean: | Edit

Dean Martin, American singer and actor
Dean Cain, American actor
Dean Koontz, American author
Dean Norris, American actor
Dean Stockwell, American actor
James Dean, American actor
Dean Ambrose, American wrestler (WWE)
Dean Gibbons, member of Irish boyband HomeTown
Dean Winchester, professional hunter

Dean in song, story & screen: | Edit

Dean Ambrose, WWE wrestler (real name Jonathan Good)
Fellow Gryffindor Dean Thomas attends Hogwarts with Harry Potter.
Dean Forester (played by Jared Padalecki) on the TV show "Gilmore Girls."
Dean Winchester (played by Jensen Ackles) on the TV show "Supernatural".
Dean Moriarty, one of the protagonists in Kerouac's "On the Road"
Dean McCoppin from the movie "The Iron Giant," a scrap-metal artist and the coolest and sanest adult character.
Tori Spelling’s husband Dean shares the spotlight in their reality TV series.
Peter "Dean" Moriarty on the kids shows wizards of waverly place

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