Of Hebrew origin.
From the Hebrew name “Daniyyel”, meaning “God is my judge”.
It is also a surname.
Daniel is the prophet in the “Book of Daniel” of the Old Testament.
He lived in captivity in Babylon, were he served the king and his successor, until the time of Cyrus II of Persia.
The name was introduced in England during the Middle Ages due to Daniel’s popularity.
There are more than 100 different spellings of the name, recorded by several sources around the world.
Feminine forms of the name are: Daniela, Danette, Danielle, Danna, Danita, Danni.
Alternative forms of the name are: Danny, Danilo, Dan, Danko, Dannie, Daniele, Daan, Daniil.
Famous bearers are Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Craig, Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Defoe, Daniel Bernoulli, Daniel Boone, Daniel Brühl, Daniel Sunjata, Daniel Alves, Daniel Dae Kim, Daniel Stern, Daniel Gillies.
Sir Daniel Day-Lewis is one of 11 actors to have won Academy Award, Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice , BAFTA and SAG for the same performance.
He was chosen as one of the “50 most beautiful people” in the world by “People” magazine.
He has more than 100 nominations for several acting awards and he has won more than 90 times, among them 3 Academy Awards, 4 BAFTAs and 2 Golden Globes.
You may watch the Top-10 performances of Daniel Day-Lewis, according to WatchMojo.com: