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Dan is an old Scandinavian given name with disputed meaning. Dan is also a Hebrew given name, after Dan, the fifth son of Jacob with Bilhah and founder of the Israelite Tribe of Dan. It is also a given name or a nickname for people named Daniel.

Dan, or the acronym DAN may refer to the following:


  • Dan (king), several kings of Denmark, known from pre-Christian medieval Scandinavian texts, including Dan Mikilláti, from whom Denmark took its name.
  • Dan I of Denmark, the progenitor of the Danish royal house
  • Dan (Bible), one of the sons of Jacob
  • Crown Prince Dan, prince of Yan in ancient China
  • DJ Dan, electronic music artist

People with the surname[edit]

  • Fyodor Dan (1871–1947), Russian Marxist revolutionary
  • Nicușor Dan (born 1969), Romanian activist and mathematician
  • Tomoyuki Dan (1963–2013), Japanese actor and voice actor



  • Dan Dare, a classic British science fiction comic hero
  • Desperate Dan, regular in The Dandy since 1937
  • Dan Cahill, a character from The 39 clues
  • Dan Hibiki, a character from the Street Fighter Alpha series
  • Dan Moroboshi, alias of the title character in Ultra Seven, a 1967 Japanese TV series
  • Dan Humphrey, fictional character in Gossip Girl
  • Dan Kuso, a character in the Bakugan anime series.



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