The name ‘Daniel’ originates from England, France, Portugal, German, Polish and Jewish. It is derived from male given name ‘Daniel’ meaning ‘God is my judge’, borne by a major prophet in the bible. The major factor influencing the popularity of the given name (hence the frequency of the surname) was undoubtedly the dramatic story in the Book of Daniel, recounting the prophet´s steadfast adherence to hid religious faith in spite of pressure and prosecution from Mesopotamian kings in whose court he served: Nebuchadnezzar (who went mad) and Belshazzar (at whose feast Daniel interpreted the mysterious message of doom that appeared on the wall, being thrown to the lions for his pains). This had a minor additional influence on the adoption of the Christian name. Among Orthodox Christians in East Europe. English Variants: ‘Daniell’, ‘Danniel(l)’, ‘Danell’, ‘Dannel’, ‘Dennell’, ‘Denial’. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the name ‘Daniel’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as Henry III and Edward Ist era were a ‘Alicia Daniel’, from Glouchester, England, is recorded. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil… Coat of arms: Per saltire or, in fesse two lions rampant gules, in c…
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