Boy Names baby nameDeclan

What does the name Declan mean?

The different meanings of the name Declan are:
  • American meaning: Man of prayer
  • Celtic - Gaelic meaning: Virtuous; Full of goodness
  • Irish meaning: Man of prayer (The name of a 5th*century bishop)
The meaning of the name “Declan” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: Declan is a name which was used in the old Irish language and has been brought back again in the 1900s. It was taken from the original Gaelic name Deaglan, meaning “full of goodness”. It was most notably first recorded as the name of Saint Declan, a missionary who came to Ireland in the 5th century.

No known variants of this name are used commonly, or are there any alternate spellings or pronunciations for other countries. The original Gaelic name Deaglan is no longer in popular use anywhere in the world. A few possible short forms of Declan include Dec, Dag (from Deaglan), and Lanny.

The popularity of the name Declan was on the rise in the late 2000s within the US and Canada, although the name was on a steep downwards trend in usage elsewhere around the world. In 2014, it was ranked as the 49th most popular boy’s name in Canada and the 122nd most popular boy’s name in the US. It made it onto England and Wale’s rankings at 250th place. No other country ranked it within their recorded ranges during 2014. The peak recorded usage it has ever experienced was the2014 Canadian ranking of 49th most popular, although the name began an upward trend in the late 2000s that may continue as it is featured on some independent lists of popular baby boy names.

Famous people and celebrities who are known to share the name Declan include Declan Rudd, a soccer player; Declan Donnelly, a TV show host; Declan Galbraith, a singer; and Declan Bennett, a rock singer.