Jordan Name Meaning

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Jordan is a unique name of both Greek and Hebrew origins. The origin of the name can be traced to a popular river in Israel, called the Jordan River. The Jordan River also lent its name to the country Jordan. In Hebrew, the name means “to flow down” or “descend.”  

Jordan is a biblical name and a perfect baby name option for religious people. In the Bible, John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ in the Jordan River. Because of this, Christian crusaders brought back water from the river to baptize their children. The name Jordan was given to the children who were baptized with the water the crusaders brought back. After this, it became a common first name for boys across Europe.

Although less common, the name can also be traced to ancient German origins. Derived from the name Jordanes, an ancient German name that was notably borne by a 6th-century Roman author who wrote about the history of the Goths. However, some people believe that his name was also influenced by the name of the Jordan River.

Even though it’s a unisex name, Jordan has been used predominantly as a boy’s name in the U.S. while Jordana and Jordyn are variations to the name that are traditionally considered more feminine. Jordan is also a common surname in many cultures.

  • Origin: The name Jordan can be traced to both Hebrew and Greek origins.
  • Gender: Jordan is a unisex name, so it’s a perfect option for any parent looking for a traditionally non-gendered name. 
  • Pronunciation: Johr-dahn 

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular Is the Name Jordan? 

Jordan wasn’t always a popular name in the United States. It only became popular in the late 20th century. According to 2020 data from the Social Security Administration, Jordan is currently the 82nd most popular name for boys in the United States.

For the last three decades, it has remained on the list of the top 100 most popular names for boys. It was in the top 50 until 2012. Its rise in popularity could also be linked to the famous basketball star Michael Jordan. In 1990, more than 22,00 babies were named Jordan. The name has since seen a dip in popularity, although it remains a fairly popular name.

Name Variations 

Jordan has many name variations for parents who are looking for a fun twist to the traditional spelling of the name. Some of them include: 

  • Giordano (Italian)
  • Iordan (Bulgarian)
  • Jorda (Catalan) 
  • Jordaan (Dutch)
  • Jordana (English, Serbian, Macedonian)
  • Jordanes (Ancient Germanic) 
  • Jourdain (French)
  • Jorden 
  • Jordin
  • Jordon (English)
  • Jordyn (English)
  • Yarden (Hebrew)
  • Yordan (Bulgarian)

Similar Names

If you like the sound and feel of the name Jordan, but aren’t quite ready to commit to it, here are some similar names you could also consider for your baby: 

  • Aaron
  • Austen 
  • Brady
  • Brandon
  • Bronson
  • Dylan
  • Hunter 
  • Jaden 
  • Jared
  • Mark
  • Tyler

Suggested Sibling Names

Names that go well with Jordan are:

  • Adam
  • Amelia
  • Dylan
  • Justin
  • Olivia
  • Robert
  • Sara

Famous People Named Jordan    

If you’ve decided to name your baby Jordan, here are some other famous people who share the name.

Famous Male Jordans

  • Jordan Belfort, American author most popular for writing the book "The Wolf of Wall Street"
  • Jordan Knight, American singer and songwriter and member of the music band "New Kids on the Block"
  • Jordan Luck, New Zealand musician 
  • Jordan Maron, American music producer and gamer
  • Jordan Peele, actor, comedian, and movie director 
  • Jordan Rudess, American keyboardist and member of the metal band "Dream Theater" 

Famous Female Jordans

  • Jordan Carver, German model and actress
  • Jordan Pamela Rooke, British model and actress 
  • Jordan Pruitt, American pop singer 

More Baby Names

Still searching for the perfect baby name? Check out these related baby name lists for even more options: 

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By Toketemu Ohwovoriole
Toketemu has been multimedia storyteller for the last four years. Her expertise focuses primarily on mental wellness and women’s health topics.