The meaning of the name “Jordan” is: “Descend; flow down”.
Additional information: Derived from the river of the same name, Jordan is a Hebrew name (Yarden) which was derived from yarad, meaning ‘flow down’; the river Jordan was the river where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist, and Jordan is also the name of a country in the Middle East.
Jordan is a gender neutral name, but more feminine sounding forms are Jordana and Jordyn, and variants in other languages include the Arabic Urdunn, the Romanian Iordan, the French Jourdain, and the Ancient Germanic Jordanes. Common misspellings usually revolve around the ‘a’ in Jordan – Jordin, Jordon, and Jorden, but all of these are acceptable spellings of Jordan in America. Nicknames for Jordan are Jo, Jojo, Jord, Jordi or, more obscurely, any potential spelling of ‘Dani’.
Popular during the Middle Age Crusades, Jordan fell from popularity until the very late 19th century; even then it was still an uncommon name for boys, and almost unheard of as a name for girls. It wasn’t until 1980 that its popularity rose, and it reached its peak in the late nineties for both genders during basketball player Michael Jordan’s career, but the name has consistently been more popular for boys than for girls. Because of the association with Michael Jordan, the name Michael is commonly linked with the name Jordan.
Celebrities with the name include Katie Price, a British model who went by the name ‘Jordan’ for much of her modelling career. Others are Jordan Nagai (American actor), Jordan Ladd (American actress), and Jordin Sparks (American singer).
Jordan Sullivan is a fictional character played by ChristaMiller in Scrubs, and other fictional Jordans are Jordan Chase from Dexter, Jordan Catalano from My So-Called Life, and Jordan Cavanaugh from Crossing Jordan.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Jordan for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Jordan is a unisex name, used as a boy name and a girl name.
The name Jordan is of Hebrew origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, Hebrew speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Jordan we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Jordan Name Meaning
The meaning of Jordan is “Descend; flow down”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Jordan and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Jordan and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Jordan is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name Jordan
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Jordan displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Jordan Boy Name Popularity Chart
Jordan Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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