The baby name Dani became a standalone option in the mid-twentieth century. It is still used, however, as a nickname for both Daniel and Danielle. The ranking for the name continues to improve, and it is currently number 802 overall. Dani is androgynous, but it is more often a standalone for baby girls.

Meaning of the name Dani:

Hebrew: God is my judge

Origin of the name Dani:

Dani began as a nickname for the names Danielle and Daniel, making it a truly unisex option. In the 1950s and in recent years, the name has become a standalone option. It is close to a top 800 name, and the ranking is continually going up.

Symbolism of the name Dani:

The baby names Danielle and Daniel both have the same Hebrew origins and meaning. Though Dani is a more modern standalone, it retains the meaning of “God is my judge,” as well as the Hebrew origins.

Style of the name Dani:

Modern as a standalone option

Gender of the name Dani:

Dani is primarily a girl's name when used as a standalone, but it can be used for boys with the name Daniel as a nickname.

Pronunciation of the name Dani:


Number of syllables in the name Dani:


Emotion evoked from the name Dani:

Dani feels androgynous, and it has a young feel to it. It is simple, trendy, and modern.

Alternative spellings for the name Dani:

  • Danee
  • Daneigh
  • Daney
  • Danney
  • Danni
  • Danie
  • Dany
  • Danny 

Nicknames for the name Dani:

Popularity of the name Dani:

Dani was a top 1,000 name in the years 1956 to 1958. It then remained off of the Social Security Index for 60 years, until it became rank 939 in 2018. As of 2020, the name has improved in its status and ranks at number 802 overall.

Related names for the name Dani:

Great middle names for Dani and their meanings:

  • Elyana (God has answered)
  • Lynn (living near a lake or waterfall)
  • Asher (happy, blessed)
  • Blake (black, pale, white)
  • Chase (to hunt)
  • Wilson (son of Will)
  • Jolene (God will increase)
  • Lynae (lime tree, linden tree)

Famous people with the name Dani:

  • Dani Venn (contestant on “MasterChef Australia”)
  • Dani Stevenson (R&B singer)
  • Dani Behr (actress, “The Word”)
  • Dani(reality TV star, “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila”)
  • Dani Walker (Miss Montana from 2018)
  • Dani Dyer (actress, “Vendetta”)

Danis in popular culture:

  • Dani Denison (character in “Hocus Pocus”)
  • Dani (character on “Glee”)
  • Dani Beck (character from “Law & Order: SUV”)
  • Dani Trant (character from “The Man in the Moon”)