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Quick Facts on Danny

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • American, English, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 391
Simple meaning:
God is my judge

Characteristics of Danny

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Danny

Danny is the diminutive of Daniel. The name Daniel comes from the Hebrew word “daniy'el” which translates to “God is my judge.” The name is borne of the Hebrew Bible and Old Testament – he is 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. Daniel gains favor with the king through his ability to interpret dreams. He is 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. The name has been popular among English speakers for 500 years! Danny is the mainly English nickname for Daniel which has been an independently given name in its own right, particularly in the United States.

Popularity of the Name Danny

As an independently given name, Danny dates back to 1901 on the male naming charts in America. The name was given only infrequently back then, but by the 1920s, it was clearly showing some upwards momentum. The high-point of Danny’s career was no doubt during the 1940s, 50s and 60s – making Danny a distinctly “mid-century” choice. It reminds us of Danny Zuko from the 1950s-inspired musical “Grease”. Danny was consistently a Top 50 choice for little boys in the 1950s in particular. The name finally fell off the Top 100 list of most-favored boy names in 1976 and has pretty much been showing a decline year-over-year since then. Danny is now a relatively moderate name. His big brother Daniel, however, is a huge favorite in the United States (the 8th most popular boy’s name in 2010). It’s more typical of Americans to use short forms as full given names, so you generally won’t find “Danny” on the ranks in other countries. We prefer the full traditional name over pet forms; it just allows your child more flexibility when he’s an adult and doesn’t want to sound so cute and youthful with just Danny (it’s like Tommy, Johnny, Jimmy or Timmy). Although we will say this: Danny does sound a little more grown-up compared to these other examples. It also harkens us to the famous Celtic folk song “Danny Boy”, which gives this name a lot more Irish flavor than simply Daniel.
Popularity of the Boy Name Danny
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Danny

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Danny

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Danny

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

  • Popular Songs on Danny

    Popular Songs on Danny

    Danny - a song by Elvis Presley

    Danny - a song by Lesley Gore

    Danny - a song by Patty Larkin

    Danny - a song by Tiffany

    Danny Boy - a song by The Irish Tenors

    Danny Boy - a song performed by a large number of artists, including: Celtic Woman, Conway Twitty, Elvis Presley, Harry Connick, Jr., House Of Pain, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson

    Danny Says - a song by The Ramones

    The Ballad of Danny Bailey - a song by Elton John

    The Man Who Wrote Danny Boy - a song by Joe Jackson

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Danny

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Danny

    Annie and Danny in Alphabet Tower (Danny C) - A new type of book, combining adventure with educational content and a children's picture dictionary. This is a unique learning method taught via a fairy tale. You will meet Annie and Danny - studious and curious children. While they are reading a book about the land of Bookvaria, they decide to make a trip to that wonderful place of learning. When they reach that land, a huge castle appears. At the castle gate they meet a wizard, who introduces them to the world of knowledge. Following parts of a map, given to them by the wizard, they begin their educational adventure starting with Alphabet Tower. The book contains more than 150 color illustrations. Learn, read, write and practice the English alphabet and enjoy...Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Danny and Daisy: A Tale of a Dolphin Duo (Suzanne Tate) - Helpful humans rescue two young dolphins and take them to a science center for rehabilitation. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Danny and the Dinosaur (Syd Hoff) - Danny loves dinosaurs. When he sees one at the museum and says, "It would be nice to play with a dinosaur," a voice answers, "And I think it would be nice to play with you." So begins Danny and the dinosaur's wonderful adventure together! But a dinosaur is no ordinary playmate. Even the most everyday activities become extraordinary, like finding a big-enough place to hide a dinosaur in a game of hide-and-seek, and keeping him from knocking over houses with his long tail. But Danny can teach a old dinosaur new tricks. It's the most fun this dinosaur has had in a hundred million years! This is the first book in the series. Recommended for ages 4-6.

    Danny Diamondback (Barry E. Jackson) - Danny Diamondback is a young rattlesnake who slithers into the world on his own and tries to make some friends. But two jackrabbits, a family of sparrows, and a whole town of prairie dogs run from the mere sight of him. You see, Danny's ma and pa never told him he was a deadly poisonous snake! But when one fearless little prairie dog discovers that Danny's tail provides just the beat his band is missing, Danny is invited to join the Hoppin' Jalapeños. Danny has finally found some friends—at least until his disguise goes flying and the audience runs away in fear! Will anyone ever see beyond Danny's rattles, or will he be a lonely snake forever? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Danny Dunn Invisible Boy (Jay Williams) - By accidentally short-circuiting Professor Bullfinch's new crystalline material, Danny Dunn enables the professor to create a new machine that makes Danny invisible. This book is part of a series. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Danny Finds His Special Gift (Barbara Falkenrath) - What's a dog to do when he's just one of the pack? Danny is a pound puppy who wants to be special enough to find a forever home. He searches high and low for his special purpose, running far, far away from the safety of his foster home and encountering animal friends of all shapes and sizes. But a forever home might be a lot closer than Danny thinks. Join author Barbara Falkenrath and discover what happens when Danny Finds His Special Gift. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Danny Goes to the Dentist (Barbara Taylor Cork) - This First Experiences book addresses common childhood anxiety and uncertainty about going to the dentist for the first time. The gentle story is designed to help parents, teachers, and librarians reassure children by showing realistic resolutions to situations. By taking the mystery out of first-time experiences such as going to the dentist, this book will help young children face new situations in their own lives. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Danny in a Newfangled World D.M. Bileski) - Ten year old Danny Lenesky can't think of anything more fun in the whole world than playing on his computer. That is, until he gets sucked right into it and lands smack in the middle of a video game! A thrilling cyber-adventure. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Danny Is Done with Diapers (Rebecca O'Connell) - Adam avoids accidents. Brianna is busy in the bathroom. Caleb is comfy and clean! Danny and his friends know twenty-six ways to be done with diapers. Rebecca O'Connell's fun, familiar examples and Amanda Gulliver's bright, cheery art help kids practice their potty knowledge and learn their letters, too! Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Danny the Champion of the World (Roald Dahl) - Danny’s life seems perfect: his home is a gypsy caravan, he’s the youngest car mechanic around, and his best friend is his dad, who never runs out of wonderful stories to tell. And when Danny discovers his father’s secret, he’s off on the adventure of a lifetime. Here’s Roald Dahl’s famous story about a 9-year-old boy, his dad, and a daring and hilarious pheasant-snatching expedition. Just as important, it’s the story of the love between a boy and his father who, in Danny’s own words, is ?the most marvelous and exciting father a boy ever had.? Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Danny's First Snow (Leonid Gore) - "Look at the snow!" says Mommy. Danny watches the white flakes dance outside his window. But what is snow? Danny wonders, and he goes out to see for himself. Snow is friendly, but it can also be fierce. It just depends on your imagination! Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Finding Danny (Linzi Glass) - Twelve-year-old Bree Davies is devastated when her beloved Border Collie, Danny, goes missing after her mom leaves the gate open to their Santa Monica home. In her search to find Danny, Bree is thrust into the world of animals in need. With the help and guidance of animal rescuer Rayleen, Bree's heart is opened to the plight of the dogs in the downtown Vox Street shelter. Before long, her emptiness about her own loss shifts into action – and her quest to find Danny and her newfound mission to save the shelter dogs soon become one. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Slide, Danny, Slide (Matt Christopher) - Slide, Danny, Slide! The exciting story of a boy's devotion to baseball and how he helped build a ball park and put a Little League team together. Danny finds that even after organizing the Hornets, things do not run smoothly, and friendships are split--Danny and his friends on one side and Chigger and his friends on the other. Enjoy the hard-fought games and profit from the experiences of boys like Danny and his teammates. The inevitable outcome of the season's championship game will thrill all readers. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Touchdown for Danny Dozer (Running Press) - Help Danny Dozer surprise his friends in Deerfield Valley with a brand new sports stadium. Kids will love to move around the machines so the stadium is finished in time for the big game—readers can push cardstock machines on a track across every spread of the book to help Danny Dozer and his friends build the stadium. There are more books in the series about Danny the Dozer. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

  • Famous People Named Danny

    Famous People Named Danny

    Famous People Named Danny - Danny Devito (actor); Danny Glover (actor); Danny Gokey (American Idol season 8 finalist); Danny (Portuguese soccer player); Danny Aiello (actor); Danny Bonaduce (child actor); Danny Elfman (musician); Danny Kaye (actor); Danny! (hip-hop performer); Dan Akroyd (actor/musician); Dan Quayle (former Vice President)

  • Children of Famous People Named Danny

    Children of Famous People Named Danny

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Danny - Anthony Quinn (actor); Danny Aiello (actor); Mickey Mantle (baseball player); Monica Potter (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Danny - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Danny

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Danny

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