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Daniel means "God is my judge." This page of the eMedTV library provides more information related to the name Daniel. In the Hebrew Bible, Daniel's story is told in the Book of Daniel. Daniel was descended from one of the noble families of Judah (Daniel 1:3), and was probably born in Jerusalem about B.C. 620, during the reign of Josiah. Christians regard Daniel as a prophet, and Jesus is quoted as referring to him as Daniel the prophet in Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14. However, Judaism does not count Daniel among the prophets. Whereas the Christian Old Testament includes Daniel in the Prophets section, the Jewish Tanach does not, placing him among the Writings instead. Daniel is a city in Utah and Wyoming. Daniel is a famous song sung by Elton John. It was written by John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin. In the United States the song reached #2 on the pop charts and #1 on the adult contemporary charts for two weeks in the spring of 1973. In the UK it made the top 5.

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Daniel is from Hebrew meaning God is my judge.
Alternates for Daniel include: Dani'el, Dan'el, Daniyel, Dannie, Danny, and Dániel
Daniel is associated with these categories: Place, Biblical, Popular, and Old Fashioned
Famous people named Daniel
Daniel, Song Title: Major hit song by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. It appeared on the 1973 album Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player. In the United States the song reached #2 on the pop charts and #1 on the adult contemporary charts for two weeks in the spring of 1973. In the UK it made the top 5.\n\nWilson Phillips covered the song on the 1991 album Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin by . It reached #7 on the US Adult Contemporary chart as an album cut.\n\nBonnie 'Prince' Billy & Tortoise covered the song on their 2005 album The Brave and the Bold.\n\nThe American alternative rock band Fuel has also covered the song on their album Something Like Human.\n\nThe Japanese ukulele rock duo Petty Booka covered "Daniel" on their album Blue Lagoon of Petty Booka.\n
Daniel, Poetry: An anonymous Old English poem based loosely on the Biblical Book of Daniel, found in the Junius Manuscript. The author and the date of Daniel are unknown.
Daniel Edward Aykroyd, Comedian, Actor: Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian-American comedian, actor, screenwriter, musician, winemaker and ufologist. He was an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, an originator of The Blues Brothers (with John Belushi) and Ghostbusters and has had a long career as a film actor and screenwriter.
Daniel Carter "Uncle Dan" Beard, Youth Leader: American illustrator, author, youth leader, and social reformer who founded the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905, which Beard later merged with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
Daniel Louis Castellaneta, Actor: American film, theatre and television actor, comedian, voice artist and television writer. Noted for his long-running role as Homer Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons, he also voices many other characters on The Simpsons, including Abraham "Grampa" Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby and Hans Moleman.
Daniel S. DeCarlo, Cartoonist: American cartoonist best known as the artist who developed the look of Archie Comics in the late 1950s and early 1960s, modernizing the characters to their contemporary appearance and establishing the publisher's house style. \n\nAs well, he is the generally recognized creator of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats (with the lead character named for his wife), and Cheryl Blossom. His twin sons, Dan Jr. and James "Jim" DeCarlo were also "Archie" artists, pencilling and inking respectively.
Daniel Erwin Jansen, Athlete: Former speed skater memorably noted for winning a gold medal in his final Olympic race after suffering through years of heartbreak.
Daniel Paul Johns, Musician: Australian vocalist, composer, guitarist, and pianist, best known as frontman of the rock band Silverchair. In 2007, he was ranked at number 18 on Rolling Stone's list of The Twenty-Five Most Underrated Guitarists.
Daniel Ploug Jorgensen, Athlete: American freestyle swimmer who competed in two consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1988. He claimed a gold and a bronze medal with the men's 4x200m freestyle relay team.
Daniel Lewis Majerle, Athlete: Retired American professional basketball player, known by his fans as "Thunder Dan," "Dan the Man," and "Dan the Tan." He played 14 years in the NBA, with the Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat and, Cleveland Cavaliers. He played for the US national team in the 1994 FIBA World Championship, winning the gold medal.
Daniel Constantine Marino, Jr., Athlete: American Hall of Fame quarterback who played for the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League. The last quarterback of the Quarterback Class of 1983 to be taken in the first round, Marino became one of the most prolific quarterbacks in league history, holding or having held almost every major NFL passing record. Despite never being on a Super Bowl-winning team, he is recognized as one of the greatest quarterbacks in American football history. Remembered particularly for having a quick release and a powerful arm, Marino led the Dolphins into the playoffs on numerous occasions.
Daniel Edward Reeves, Athlete, Coach: American football player and head coach, who played in two Super Bowls and also coached in four more as the Denver Broncos' head coach and the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
Daniel Keenan Savage, Journalist: American author, media pundit, journalist and newspaper editor. Savage is known for penning the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage Love. Its tone is frank in its discussion of sexuality, often humorous, and frequently hostile to social conservatives, as in the Santorum controversy. \n\nSavage, who is openly gay, has often been the subject of controversy regarding some of his opinions that pointedly clash with both those of traditional conservatives and those put forth by what Savage has been known to call the "gay establishment". He has also worked as a theater director, both under his real name and under the name Keenan Hollahan, using his middle name and his grandmother's maiden name
Daniel James White, Politician: San Francisco supervisor who assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, on November 27, 1978, at City Hall. In a controversial verdict that led to the coining of the legal slang "Twinkie defense," White was convicted of the manslaughter rather than the murder of Milk and Moscone. Less than two years after serving a sentence of five years, White returned to San Francisco and committed suicide. San Francisco Weekly has referred to White as "perhaps the most hated man in San Francisco's history."
Daniel Boone, Pioneer: American pioneer and hunter whose frontier exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States. Boone is most famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now the U.S. state of Kentucky, which was then beyond the western borders of the Thirteen Colonies. Despite resistance from American Indians, for whom Kentucky was a traditional hunting ground, in 1775 Boone blazed the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap and into Kentucky. There he founded Boonesborough, one of the first English-speaking settlements beyond the Appalachian Mountains. Before the end of the 18th century, more than 200,000 people entered Kentucky by following the route marked by Boone.
Daniel ("Dan Ilie") Ciobotea, Religious Leader: Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church. The elections took place on September 12, 2007. Daniel won with a majority of 95 votes out of 161. He was officially enthroned on September 30, 2007 in the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest. As such, his official title is "Archbishop of Bucharest, Metropolitan of Muntenia and Dobrudgea, Locum tenens of the throne of Caesarea of Cappadocia,Patriarch of Romania"
Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis, Actor: English actor who is known as one of the most selective actors in the film industry, having starred in only four films since 1997, with as many as five years between roles. He is a method actor, known for his constant devotion to and research of his roles. Often, he will remain completely in character for the duration of the shooting schedule of his films.\n\nHis portrayals of Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989) and Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood (2007) won Academy and BAFTA Awards for Best Actor, and Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Awards. His role as Bill "The Butcher" Cutting in Gangs of New York earned him the BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.\n
Daniel Wroughton Craig, Actor: English actor whose early film roles included The Power of One, A Kid in King Arthur's Court and the television episodes Sharpe's Eagle, Zorro and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Daredevils of the Desert. He went on to star in his breakthrough performances The Trench, Layer Cake, The Golden Compass and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.\n\nCraig became a household name when he was cast as the sixth actor to portray the fictional secret agent James Bond in the long-running Eon Productions film series. He made his debut as the character in the 2006 film, Casino Royale, to critical acclaim, and was nominated for a BAFTA award. His most recent Bond film, the 22nd James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, was released in the UK in October 2008 and in the North America in November 2008.\n
Daniel Clement Dennett, Philosopher: American philosopher whose research centers on philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. Dennett is also a noted atheist and advocate of the Brights movement.
Daniel Dae Kim, Actor: American actor best known for playing Jin-Soo Kwon on the television series "Lost."
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe, Actor: British actor, best known for playing Harry Potter in the feature film series based on the popular book series. Radcliffe has also made appearances in stage productions and a number of TV shows and films, including the ITV film My Boy Jack and the stage show Equus, for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.
Daniel Michael DeVito, Jr., Actor: Academy Award nominated American actor, director and producer, who first gained prominence for his portrayal of "Louie De Palma" on the ABC and NBC TV series Taxi (1978–1983). Along with wife Rhea Perlman, he founded Jersey Films, a production company famous for producing films such as Pulp Fiction, Garden State, and Freedom Writers, and Jersey Television, most famous for producing the Comedy Central series Reno 911! He also currently stars as Frank Reynolds on the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Daniel Robert Elfman, Musician: Grammy Award-winning American musician, best known for composing music for television and movies, and leading the rock band Oingo Boingo as singer/songwriter from 1976 until its breakup in 1995. He is a frequent collaborator with long-time friend Tim Burton, and has scored all but two of his films. He was nominated for four Academy Awards and won a Grammy Award for Tim Burton's Batman and an Emmy Award for his Desperate Housewives theme. Elfman also wrote the theme for the video game Fable. He is also famous for creating The Simpsons main title theme, and his role as Jack Skellington's singing voice in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Famous stagenames related to Daniel
Dan Daniel was born Daniel Margowitz.: American sportswriter whose prolific contributions over a long period led him to be called the Dean of American Baseball Writers. In 1972, Daniel received baseball's highest honor for a writer, the J. G. Taylor Spink Award at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Famous Children Named Daniel
Given name: Daniel Wayne
Father: Billy Smith
Mother: Anna Nicole Smith, Model, TV Personality

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