Meaning: “descending; flowing”
The name is derived from the name of the river in Israel, (Yarden) יַרְדֵן, which is derived from the Hebrew, יָרַד (yarad), meaning, “flow down, descend.”
According to the New Testament, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist by the waters of Jordan.
The name was introduced into Europe by Crusaders,who would bring small samples of Jordan water to baptize children. Occasionally, boys who were baptized under such water were named Jordan.
In The English speaking world, the name was revived at the beginning of the 20th-century.
Currently, in the United States, Jordan is the 48th most popular male name. Its rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 45 (Australia, 2008)
- # 49 (Canada, B.C., 2008)
- # 375 (the Netherlands, 2009)
Other forms of the name include:
- Iordan Йордан (Bulgarian/Romanian)
- Jordà (Catalan)
- Jordan (Czech/English/German/Polish/Slovene)
- Jordaan (Dutch)
- Joord (Dutch)
- Jordan/Jourdain (French)
- Yarden/Yardin יַרְדֵן (Hebrew: Modern)
- Jordán (Hungarian/Slovak/Spanish)
- Iordáin (Irish-Gaelic)
- Giordano (Italian)
- Jordanus (Latin)
- Jordão (Portuguese)
Feminine forms include:
- Yordana/Yordanka Йордана (Bulgarian)
- Jordane/Jourdaine (French)
- Giordana (Italian)
- Yardena יַרְדֵנָה (Hebrew)
- Jordana (Portuguese/English/Slovene/Spanish)
- Iordana (Romanian)
The designated name-day is February 13.