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Origin: French
Meaning: Great Leader

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Dean

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

A few facts about the boy's name Dean:

  • Records indicate that 164,490 boys in the United States have been named Dean since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1961, when 4,922 people in the U.S. were given the name Dean. Those people are now 59 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 Dean

    91% Approval Rating
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      10 Positive Comments

  • "imagine being called dean like how old are you 90? Probably own loads of cats too big virg" Dec. 30, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I?m a transgender man and Dean is very close to my birth name. It?s quite a classic and simple name that?s uncommon enough to be a little unique." Aug. 27, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dean and I think that Dean is a nice and simple name" Mar. 22, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Dean is my husbands name. It always made me think of James Dean when we were dating but we?ve been married now for 28 years and now I just think of him. His parents likely named him Dean for Dean Martin, a classy kind of wealthy and hip connotation, associated with the Rat Pack of the 1950?s." Jan. 26, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is the name we gave our firstborn.It was taken from his parents Da(vid) and (Kar)en and was also a "jumble" for his grandmother "Edna". We liked it because it was short,easy to pronounce, easy to spell , wasn't weird and we personally didn't have anyone we knew that was named that. He says he's happy with his name." Oct. 6, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Dean. That is my son's name and he was born in 1988.all the Dean's that he has known were at least 20 years older than him." Jan. 3, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "One of those beachy, california names of the early 60's, like Jan, Darryl, Bruce, Chad, Darren, Denny, Dennis, Bart..." Jun. 20, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name, I do! It does seem very rare to find other people with the name Dean and I like that. Unlike all my friends with more common names, nobody has to use my surname to tell me apart from someone else. It's cool, it is." Jun. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my husbands name. At 25, he seems to young to have a name like that, but I think it will be nice when he gets older." Jan. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I very rarely meet someone else named Dean. I feel that it's getting more popular, on TV and media. (I believe there's a character in the comics named Dean). People always call me Dean Dean the Dancing Machine after the bit player on the gong show, Gene Gene. It's a strange reference. I expect Dean Martin." Jan. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "my friend is named dean and I want to bring down his approval rating!" Oct. 2, 2020: Report as inappropriate

      4 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Dean and I?m 50 years old and I?ve only met one of the person named Dean in my life. I noticed that everybody remembered my name in life. Not sure if that was good or bad LOL" Feb. 9, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Just my personal observation, but Dean seems to be far more popular in Australia than in the US. In fact, nearly every male in Oz seems named Dean or Bruce." Jan. 6, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "A guy from Holland once spelt my name Dean as Din must have been the pronunciation." Oct. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Dean Forester, Dean Winchester... definitely popular in tv shows." May. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

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