Dean

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: Latin, Arabic

Variants:

  • Deen (Arabic)
  • Dene (English)

 

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