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Quick Facts on Jordan

  • Gender:
  • Unisex
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Flowing down

Characteristics of Jordan

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jordan

As a gender-neutral given name, Jordan is derived specifically from the River Jordan which flows for about 150 miles along the eastern border of Israel through the Sea of Galilee and down to the Dead Sea. The river’s name comes from the Hebrew word “haYarden” meaning “flowing down”. Located in the Holy Lands, the River Jordan has always held significant symbolic meaning for Jewish people and Christians alike. For Jews, the river is a symbol of freedom since its crossing was the final step of Moses’ and the ancient Israelite’s return to the Promise Land after years of abject slavery in Egypt. For Christians, the River Jordan is sacred because it’s where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. During the Middle Ages, around the time of the Crusades, Christians would pilgrimage to the Holy Land and return with a jar containing holy water from the river. Children (male and female) who were baptized with this holy water were often given the name Jordan. Some of the earlier medieval versions of the name were Jordanis and Jourdain; while medieval English folk sometimes used the diminutive Judd. From an etymology perspective, one might think Jordan is the transferred use of a surname (a la Michael Jordan), when in fact it originated as a given name. Arguably, Jordan is one of the most successful unisex given names of all time. Versions of this name in other languages are: Jordanes (German), Jourdain (French), Giordano (Italian), Jordão (Portuguese) and Jordán (Spanish).

Popularity of the Name Jordan

The name Jordan is absolutely unisex in America, although it’s more common as a male name. The male version of the name in the United States dates back over a century, probably due to its Christian roots and association with the River Jordan. Still, the name’s usage for boys was pretty infrequent until the 1980’s when it came into vogue. For girls, the name didn’t show up on the popularity graphs for the first time until 1978, but it quickly grew in status so that it was almost neck-and-neck with the boys. No longer a Top 100 name for girls, it appears the name Jordan for females is waving the white flag to her male counterpart. We’ll have to wait and see. The name feels neither distinctly masculine nor feminine so it definitely works for either sex. “J” names continue to be hyper-popular among American parents (after A, M and K names) and Jordan has clearly demonstrated universal appeal. Oh, and Michael Jordan certainly can take credit for adding to the name’s demand. The height of his basketball prowess coincides with the peak of Jordan’s popularity for boys.
Popularity of the Unisex Name Jordan
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jordan

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Jordan

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jordan

    Jordan Baker (The Great Gatsby) Jordan Baker is a character in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1922). She is Daisy Buchanan’s friend, a woman with whom Nick Carraway becomes romantically involved during the course of the novel. A competitive golfer, Jordan represents one of the “new women” of the 1920s: skeptical, cynical, boyish, and self-centered. Jordan is beautiful, but also dishonest: she cheated in order to win her first golf tournament and continually bends the truth because “she wasn’t able to endure being at a disadvantage.” Although ultimately a minor character, Nick’s attraction to Jordan serves as an important contrast to his relationship with Daisy; he describes Jordan as a girl “too wise ever to carry well-forgotten dreams from age to age.” Described as sporty (golfer), masculine (small-breasted) and crafty (liar), yet beautiful and self-reliant, Jordan blurs the lines between what it means to be a man and a woman in the fast-paced changing times of the roaring twenties. Still, her “bored haughty face that she turned to the world concealed something.” Don’t we all wish we knew what.

  • Popular Songs on Jordan

    Popular Songs on Jordan

    I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone - by Johnny Cash

    Jordan - a song by Emmylou Harris

    River of Jordan - a song by Peter, Paul & Mary

    The Ballad of Lucy Jordan - a song by Marianne Faithfull

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jordan

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jordan

    Crossing Jordan (Adrian Fogelin) - This moving, coming-of-age story follows a young white girl who overcomes family prejudice and cultural differences when she befriends a black girl in a small working-class town. Twelve-year-old Cassie narrates the dramatic events that unfold when Jemmie, an African-American girl, and her family move in next door. Despite their parents' deeply held prejudice against each other's family-exemplified by the fence Cassie's father builds between their two houses-the girls find they share more similarities than differences. Mutual interests in reading and running draw them together, and their wariness of each other disappears. But when their parents find out about the burgeoning friendship, each girl is forbidden to see the other. A family crisis and celebration provide opportunities for the families to reach an understanding. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Jordan's Hair (Ed & Sonya Spruill) - Little Jordan has a problem. He loves to be with his friends at school, but his skin color and hair texture is different from theirs. Jordan thinks God doesn’t love him because he looks different. He soon prays for a change in his appearance so he can look just like his friends. With the help of his parents and teacher, Jordan comes to understand that he has been beautifully and wonderfully made by God’s hands. He discovers that sometimes his friends may even want to look like him. Jordan learns that he is loved because of the kindness on the inside and not his appearance on the outside. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jordan's Silly Sick Day (Justine Fontes) - This book from the “Rookie Reader” series features a list of 83 words across the back drop of a 32 page engaging story following Jordan’s “silly sick day”. Miserably sick and terribly bored, Jordan uses his imagination to entertain himself, his teddy bear – and his readers! A fun and charming way to expand your child’s vocabulary. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Jump! From the Life of Michael Jordan (Floyd Cooper) - Michael Jordan was once just an ordinary little boy growing up in a North Carolina suburb, trying to keep up with his older brother Larry. Michael was always good at sports, but it seemed like Larry was always going to be bigger, quicker, and luckier. But Michael never gave up, and his practicing began to pay off. Then one summer day during a backyard game of one-on-one, Larry Jordan's "little" brother took him--and the whole family--by surprise! Based on actual events, this story of a friendly sibling rivalry is enhanced by Floyd Cooper's stunning two-tone art. Jump! even features a gate-fold depicting Michael Jordan's trademark leap that will send young readers soaring. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Lil Jordan's: 9 Holes of Fear (Johnny Eugenio) - Lil Jordan's: 9 Holes of Fear carefully examines the sport of golf from the perspective of an athletically-inclined child. Throughout his adventures, Lil Jordan learns to face his fears. He tackles apprehension about monsters lurking in unexpected places, overcomes mental obstacles related to sports, and discovers the rewards associated with working hard and staying focused. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Little Jordan Ray's Muddy Spud (Gris Grimly) - What do an optimistic lad named Jordan Ray, a down-and-out peasant, a mad hare, a grumpy old troll, an oyster, a knight, a water nymph, a griffin and an eclectic collection of supporting characters have in common’ Why, a muddy spud, of course. Gris Grimly has crafted a story rooted in his admiration of Lewis Carroll, L. Frank Baum, and Dr. Seuss. In over 40 pieces of richly-detailed artwork influenced by Arthur Rackham and Edward Gorey, this is an uncommonly lyrical mix of strong story, compelling characters and awe-inspiring art. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Jordan

    Famous People Named Jordan

    Famous People Named Jordan - Jordan (model); Jordan Knight (musician); Jordan Ladd (actress); Jordan Pruitt (singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jordan

    Children of Famous People Named Jordan

    Famous People who Named their Child Jordan - Antwan Andre Patton (musician); Beau Bridges (actor); Bono (musician); Cheryl Ladd (model); Cheryl Tiegs (model); Debby Boone (musician); Dr. Phil (TV personality); Jeff Foxworthy (comic/actor); Kenny Rogers (musician); Michael Boatman (actor); Pia Zadora (actress); Taylor Hansen (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Jordan - Unisex Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Unisex Name Jordan

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 - Jordan

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