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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Declan

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Declan in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Declan:

  • Records indicate that 13,959 boys in the United States have been named Declan since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 2,763 people in the U.S. were given the name Declan. Those people are now 7 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Declan

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      26 Positive Comments

  • "Well my name is Declan and sometimes people spell and say it wrong a lot of the time it's annoying. In my 13 years old and, I have met 2 other Declan's beside myself, it's a exotic name but I'm proud of it." Jun. 11, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Declan! I am very happy with his name and we get a lot of positive comments. Occasionally people say it wrong. Some of his little friends think his name is Ducklan...and I have to really emphasize the Dec part. Most people didn't know anyone else with this name but now I hear more people saying ...Oh a friend of mine just named their boy Declan." Jul. 28, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "This will be my sons name in just a few weeks and I love ur so much! My oldest picked the name and u2 is a perfect fit!" Oct. 5, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Declan James born 10/30/05--his grandmother from Co Waterford--so it has meaning for us" Oct. 1, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have only met one person with the name Declan in my 31 years and live in Chicago. My wife and I are having our first baby boy due on Valentines Day and we are naming him Declan. I also want to clarify that the meaning of the name Declan is "full of goodness" or "man of prayer". I can only speculate that the "man of prayer" meaning stems from St. Declan. In any case, this world needs more men that are full of goodness and prayer. I plan on bringing one into the world 02-14-2013. -Brock" Sep. 27, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My first child was born in Jan 2012, we named him Declan" May. 30, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My newborn grandson is named Declan Richard after this grandfather. We love it as there is also Irish roots on both sides of the family." Dec. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our little Declan was born Feb 2003. He's a redhead and a handful, but very cheerful and easygoing. People do often mispronounce it or add a D on the end. I usually have to spell it because people think I am saying "Jacqueline" or something, strangely enough. I hope it doesn't become uber popular like my daughter's name." Dec. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "im 6 weeks pregnant and if i have a boy i am using declan landon" Dec. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a Declan and he is charming, brilliant and so entertaining. I also have a Kellen, Kieran and Felicity. We've never met another Declan which is good because this boy is one of a kind." Nov. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a horrible feeling this name will turn into the next Conor, Ryan, Brian or Sean in America. Great Irish names ruined by trends and people who dont even know the meaning of the names they give to their children." Oct. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "love it... people do try to call him deKLAN or declanD which is annoying but I love the meaning "man of prayer"" Jul. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is 11 years old and I always loved the name Declan. He is the only one in his school with the name and I like the originality of his name. Some people mispronounce it, but most do not. The feast day of St. Declan is July 24 and that is my birthday.I love Irish names! My other sons are Kellen and Rory. I have been searching for a St. Declan medal for my son to wear around his neck - does anyone know where I can find one? All the religious stores around me do not carry it." May. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Declan and we love it! Its unique, and Irish so it goes with our last name. I would like it to be a little more popular, just so that more people know how to pronounce it, but noy too much more popular." Jan. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son, Declan, born on St.Pat's Day 2004 is one of several Declans who live in our zipcode. I've met a few, even one in our preschool, they all seem to have catholic/Irish backgrounds. One mom of a 30-somthing old Declan warned me that "Declan's" are a handful! BTW-Declan McManus was Elvis Costello's birth name." Sep. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son too is named Declan Conor (2000). It irritates me when people get it wrong and want to call him "de-CLAN". Seriously?? De-CLAN??? I think it's an awesome name. Sometimes people try to be unique and screw up life for their kids. Keeping it short, sweet and a little uncommon and you've got the makings of a great name. When it's coupled with meaning, its just that much better. Declan loves his name and wears it very well. He is very witty with the sweetest dispostion." Aug. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I personally LOVE the name Declan. My husband, however, HATES it. I'm so sad because there are no other boys names I like as much. He seems to think that our child would be made fun of because of his name. If there is anyone out there that has grown up (in the United States) with the name Declan or knows someone who has, let me know if it was a brutal name to grow up with or not. Thanks! -C" Jan. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I loved it from the first time I met my friend Deaglan (Irish spelling) in 1995, I knew I would name my first son Declan. It took 10 years, and the whole clan loves it." Jun. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have been very lucky to have been called Declan for forty years. It is a rare name, which most people like on first hearing it. The only down side is that people try to include the letter K or add another D at the end of the name, which really annoys me." Apr. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Declan is my son's name. It is often mispronounced or mispelled. In spite of some confusion, I love it and most importantly, my son love's it (so far). He goes up to people and proudly introduces himself... he's 4 years old." Jan. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Declan in 2005. It is a name I've liked since a teenager and luckily my husband liked it too. Declan definitely lives up to his name. He has a beautiful nature and a wonderful sense of humour." Nov. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "we named our son, declan. he was born in 2004. folks sometimes don't get the name right off, but it doesn't take long. we've had many comments about what a cool and beautiful name it is. the family of one of our son's daycare friends liked the name so much, they named their second child, "declan." the sentiment behind the name captures exactly what we think of our son - "all things good!" and is a reminder of his irish heritage. nicknames: dec, deccy, dec-man" Sep. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my son is called Declan Sean Michael. i don't think that it is a common name as no one where i live has his name and when i tell people, they always comment how beauiful his name is" Jul. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My little brothers name is Declan and people pronounce it wrong all the time. They insist on pronouncing it DECLAND. Everyone I meet is bowled over by the name and they absolutely love it. I get a question about it everytime I talk about him in front of someone new. Long Live the Names of the Irish..." Jan. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Declan. Some people try and pronounce it dee-KLAN. It has great nicknames too - Deke is the traditional one, and my Declan also goes by Dex." Jan. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name and know a co-worker named Declan. It is a great Irish name. I would love to name a son Declan." Aug. 8, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      4 Negative Comments

  • "my mum called me Declan, and i hate it because my mum is a spoon and says how my dad has a big hammer in his pocket. he once hammered her on the wall, whilst nailing something else. by my name" Dec. 13, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mum called me Declan, and i hate it because my mum is a spoon and says how my dad has a big hammer in his pocket. he once hammered her on the wall, whilst nailing something else. by my name" Dec. 13, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mum called me Declan, and i hate it because my mum is a spoon and says how my dad has a big hammer in his pocket. he once hammered her on the wall, whilst nailing something else. by my name" Dec. 13, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mum called me Declan, and i hate it because my mum is a spoon and says how my dad has a big hammer in his pocket. he once hammered her on the wall, whilst nailing something else. by my name" Dec. 13, 2018: Report as inappropriate

      8 Neutral Comments

  • "All 4 of our sons have Irish-based names. Our #4 is Declan. Even though ours is a small town there are a couple other Declans. Not a common name. All of our boys love their names but were disappointed that when we travelled no personalized souvenirs existed. Declan is 10 and was head over heels this summer when we found a personalized gift. He insisted that we buy it." Aug. 19, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Here in Ireland nickname is always "Deco" a Co Wicklow Name" Apr. 2, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I are both 1/2 Irish but that is not why we are going with this name for our second son due any day now. My husband and I could not agree on a name at all over the last nine months, my husband handed a name book to my 2 yr old "Nash" and told him to pick a name. Nash opened it randomly and pointed to a spot on a page not having any clue at all, under his little finger was the name "Declan" So his brother will be Declan Conor =) Just another fun fact, The Saint Declan's feast and celebration day out of the year is July 24th and that is our due date, strange!" Jun. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Declan because its Irish. Everyone who isn't Irish shouldn't use this name because theyll ruin it." Jan. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've loved the name Declan ever since I saw the movie "The Jackal", which came out in 1997. Richard Gere's character was named Declan Mulqueen. Awesome name." Oct. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Declan, my husband and I both like it because of it's Irish roots and and the fact that it's not too common and we also like the way it sounds. People tell me they like the name, but I'm not so sure they are being honest. Most people won't say to your face that they aren't fond of your child's name. I have a feeling that the more people hear the name Declan, the more they will like it. People just need some time to get used to it and realize that it isn't pronounced Dee-klan. Since my son was born I have heard of other people naming their boys Declan and judging by the recent spike in popularity (according to the chart above) I predict that this name will become more common." Apr. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi. i am from the uk and my son was born in 2003. i called him declan thomas. it isn't very common and i like that about it. he mainly gets called dec, decs or deccy boy. it is a good strong irish name that i have loved forever. as a child i new i would call my 1st son declan and my ist daughter jessica." May. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's pronounced "deck lawn." The "original" St. Declan was an early Irish bishop." Apr. 5, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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