Girl Baby Name

Danielle

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Quick Facts on Danielle

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • French, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 261
Pronunciation:
dan-YEHL
Simple meaning:
God is my judge; God is the (only) judge

Characteristics of Danielle

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Danielle

Danielle (occasionally rendered Daniѐle) is the French form of the female name Daniela, itself a Latinate form of the male name Daniel. The name Daniel comes from the Hebrew word דָּנִיֵּאל (daniy'el) which translates to “God is my judge.” The name is borne of the Hebrew Bible and Christian Old Testament by a prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel. Daniel was a Jewish slave in the city of Babylon to the Assyrian king Nebuchadnezzar about 600 years before Christ. Fortunately Daniel was able to gain favor with the king through his ability to interpret dreams which kept him safe for awhile. However, he was later thrown into a lion’s den by his enemies, only to be saved by an angel of God who held the lions’ mouths shut to prevent Daniel’s death. This particular Biblical story became popular in the Middle Ages and was often depicted in “miracle plays” which gave the name further prominence; it is mainly for this reason the name has persisted for so long. Daniela is the feminized spelling preferred in Italian and Spanish-speaking countries as well as the eastern European and Slavic countries. The French use the form Danielle which is now frequently used in the English-speaking countries along with Daniella.

Popularity of the Name Danielle

While not as popular in America as Daniela (thanks, in part, to the rising Hispanic population), Danielle has been around on the American charts for a lot longer. Danielle debuted on the U.S. Top 1000 list in 1938 (Daniela did not show up until 1973). Although the name languished in usage for the first 20+ years, Danielle began making big strides up the popularity charts in the 1960s (advancing almost 600 positions in that decade alone). The name became a Top 100 favorite by 1971 but she didn’t just stop there. The high point of Danielle’s success was from 1984 to 1994 during which time the name maintained a Top 20 position on the list of most commonly used girl names. Heavily used, Danielle was at the top of her game in the 1980s and 1990s. The year 2005 marked the first time in 34 straight years that Danielle was not a Top 100 favorite. It appears as if her fashionable days may be behind her.  Despite her come-and-go popularity on the U.S. charts, Danielle remains a lovely, elegant, and sophisticated sounding name. It’s hard to argue with the French when it comes to taste and style. Just consider some of the other lovely French female names with the “elle” suffix: Michelle, Estelle, Gabrielle Isabelle and Noëlle to name a few. They are deceivingly simple and supremely graceful. “God is [Danielle’s] judge” and he gives this name a perfect 10!
Popularity of the Girl Name Danielle
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Danielle

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Danielle

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Danielle

    Danielle We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Danielle.

  • Popular Songs on Danielle

    Popular Songs on Danielle

    Danielle - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Danielle.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Danielle

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Danielle

    Chuck and Danielle (Peter Dickinson) - Danielle, who has never known her father, is an admirable young pet owner who valiantly persists in loving her tail-tucking, shivering, paranoid whippet. She suspects that Chuck has psychic powers and may even have the ability to save the world. The dog doesn't achieve that lofty goal, but does manage a few triumphs along the way. After several chapters of doggie hysteria and a wee bit of reality manipulation, the story ends with Danielle and her mother finally discussing the girl's father and going to McDonald's to celebrate their happiness. With a less skillful author, this tale could have been painful, but Dickinson makes even dog psychology entertaining. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Danielle and Her Ducklings (Rose Sherman) - In this book Rose Sherman teaches children the importance of family unity and in difficult times family and friends need to stick together and help each other out. This story is a follow up of the book Danielle the Duck. Danielle is grown and becomes a mother of her own ducklings. The story tells the joys and fun times of the ducklings growing up through the seasons. When it comes time to fly South for the winter season, their smallest duck Little Charlie is too small to fly south. Danielle and her family decide to stay North through the winter months with their brother. It's a rough winter, but with the help of Farmer Tim and his family they all have a wonderful time bonding together through the winter months. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Danielle the Daisy Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Help save Fairyland's flowers! Every flower is bright and blossoming, thanks to the Petal Fairies! But when Jack Frost steals their magical petals, the fairies are in trouble. Flowers everywhere could disappear! A picnic in the park turns into another adventure for Rachel and Kirsty! Could a new friend help them find Danielle the Daisy Fairy's missing petal? Find the magical petal in each book and keep Fairyland in full bloom! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Danielle's Dollhouse Wish (Joan Holub) - Sisters Rose and Lila, ages 10 and 8, are spending the year with their grandmother (who runs a doll hospital) while their parents are working overseas. Their grandmother has a special power to communicate with dolls and to tell their stories.In this book, the girls' grandmother is restoring a Parisian dollhouse from the 1890s which will be placed in a dollhouse museum. In the process of helping their grandmother with the restoration, Rose and Lila learn the story of the special relationship between the dollhouse people and a student at the boarding school where the house was kept. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Girl Gets Real: Danielle Fishel Book (Danielle Fishel) - Danielle Fishel stars as Topanga on ABC's "Boy Meets World," the second-highest rated TV show among girls ages 10-17. Now, in the ultimate "you go, girl" book, Danielle dishes up advice about standing up for yourself, body issues, relationships, family, friendship, and being happy with who you are. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Fantastic Drawings of Danielle (Barbara McClintock) - It’s turn-of-the-century Paris, and Danielle loves to draw: "dancing storks and dashing foxes - the more fantastic the better." Her photographer father encourages her to try realistic pictures, but Danielle's imagination is so wild it can't be restrained. An attempt to sketch Parisians strolling along the Seine results in the bare trees bursting with giant roses, two well-dressed birds walking a carp on a leash, and a giraffe munching the vegetables that decorate her hat. When Danielle's father falls ill, the girl finds work with one Madame Beton, who paints fantastic pictures with great skill; Danielle has found a mentor. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Strange Little Planet: Danielle's Creation (Sandra D. Campbell) - Inspired by a drawing by seven year old Danielle Harris, this is a magical story about a far away planet and all the strange things there. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Danielle

    Famous People Named Danielle

    Famous People Named Danielle - Danielle Steele (author); Danielle Fishel (actress); Danielle Ammaccapane (golfer); Danielle Harris (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Danielle

    Children of Famous People Named Danielle

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Danielle - Bobby Bonilla (baseball player); Dan Aykroyd (comic/actor); Lisa Marie Presley (Elvis Presley’s daughter, musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Danielle - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Danielle - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Danielle.

Personality of the Girl Name Danielle

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Danielle

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