Dean is from an English surname, either derived from Middle English dene meaning “valley” or else it’s an occupational surname meaning “dean”, referring to a person who was a dean or someone who worked for one, referring to an ecclesialtical head of a cathedral. It’s derived from Latin decanus meaning “chief of ten” in reference to someone who was in charge of ten people. A dean is the head of a college or university.
Dean could also be a variant spelling of Deen or Dīn, an Arabic male name meaning “religion”.
Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Arabic
- Deen (Arabic)
- Dene (English)