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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Danielle

A feminine variant of Daniel, Danielle means ‘God is my judge.’ The name has Hebrew origins and arises from the term’ dāni’ēl.’ Many consider Danielle the feminine Latin form of the Hebrew name Daniyyel. It is a compound word, which consists of the term ‘din,’ implying ‘to judge,’ and ‘el,’ which means God.’ The term also implies ‘God has judged.’ Another meaning of the name is ‘faith in God.’

Daniel is a figure from the Hebrew Bible who is said to have been taken into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon. He served the king with loyalty and ability until the time of the Persian conqueror Cyrus while remaining faithful to the God of Israel. Traditional scholars believe that Daniel existed and his book was written in the 6th century BCE. In contrast, other scholars believe that Daniel is not a historical figure and that his book is a symbolic reference to the rule of the 2nd century BCE Hellenistic king Antiochus IV Epiphanes.

His loyalty and ability were so great that six cities claim the Tomb of Daniel, with the most well-known being in Susa, Iran. In Judaism, he is not considered a prophet, but his reputation is so revered that rabbis wrote down the many legends associated with his name. In Christianity, he is regarded as a prophet, and although not mentioned in the Quran, he is still described as a prophet in Muslim sources.

There are numerous variants of the name Danielle in English, Hungarian, French, and German. In English, its variants include Danita, Danna, Dannielle, and Danniella. However, Daniela is the most common form in Bulgarian, German, Czech, Italian, Macedonian, Danish, Norwegian, and Polish. The name has been popularized by the novelist Danielle Steel, who wrote many best-selling books during the 1970s.

Danielle “Dani” Moonstar, initially codenamed Psyche and later Mirage is a Northern Cheyenne superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. Her first appearance was in the graphic novel ‘The New Mutants.’ Writer Chris Claremont and artist Bob McLeod created this famous character. In addition, you must also be familiar with Danielle de Barbarac, the protagonist of the lively 1990s retelling of Cinderella, Ever After.


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Famous People With The Name Danielle

  • Danielle SteelNumber one New York Times best-selling author
  • Danielle NicoletAmerican actress known for her roles in 3rd Rock from the Sun and Second Time Around
  • Danielle CampbellAmerican actress known for her role as Jessica Olson in the Disney movie Starstruck
  • Danielle Sari HaimAmerican musician and the lead guitarist and vocalist of the pop rock band Haim
  • Danielle “Dani” EvansAmerican model and the winner of Cycle 6 of America’s Next Top Model in 2006
  • Danielle McEwanAmerican professional ten-pin bowler a member of Junior Team USA
  • Danielle Jessica “Danny” ColapricoAmerican soccer player and the Best FIFA Women’s Player finalist
  • Danielle Riley KeoughAmerican actress known for her role in the musical biopic The Runaway

Danielle On The Popularity Chart

The name’s popularity has decreased over time. Provided below are graphs that show the name’s popularity.

Popularity Over Time

After 1992, the name’s popularity started sliding. Only 698 babies per million were christened Danielle in 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

The name slipped from its highest ranking of 14 in 1987 to 443 in 2021. The chart below can provide more details.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Danielle

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Names With Similar Meaning As Danielle

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Name Numerology For Danielle

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