Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Jorden

Jorden is an alternate spelling of Jordan. As a gender-neutral given name, Jordan is derived specifically from the River Jordan which flows along the eastern border of Israel through the Sea of Galilee and down to the Dead Sea. The river’s name comes from the Hebrew word “haYarden” meaning “flowing down”. Located in the Holy Lands, the River Jordan has always held significant symbolic meaning for Jewish people and Christians alike. For Jews, the river is a symbol of freedom since its crossing was the final step of Moses’ and the ancient Israelite’s return to the Promise Land after years of abject slavery in Egypt. For Christians, the River Jordan is sacred because it’s where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. During the Middle Ages, around the time of the Crusades, Christians would pilgrimage to the Holy Land and return with a jar containing the holy water from the river. Children (male and female) who were baptized with this holy water were often given the name Jordan. From an etymology perspective, one might think Jordan is the transferred use of a surname (a la Michael Jordan), when in fact it originated as a given name. Some of the earlier medieval versions of the name were Jordanis and Jourdain. Eventually it became a surname derived from the personal name. Arguably, Jordan is one of the most successful unisex given names of all time. It’s no surprise that a few other spelling variations started to surface in reaction to the name’s popularity – respellings are also a modern staple naming trend in America. Jorden and Jordon were created with the intention of making the name look more masculine, while Jordyn(n) and Jordin are meant to feminize it a little more.

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Personality

OF THE BOY NAME JORDEN

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME JORDEN

Jorden showed up on the American male naming charts for the first time in 1990. Not surprisingly, Jordan was the 29th most popular baby boy name in America that same year (it was ranked #59 for girls). While the Jorden spelling has seen nowhere near the same success as the traditional Jordan spelling, he has mimicked the name’s overall popularity (just to a much, much lesser extent). We get how Jorden and Jordon look more masculine, but if you value the religious symbolism of the River Jordan, then you might want to stick with the “correct” spelling. You could also consider the name in other languages: Jordanes (German), Jourdain (French), Giordano (Italian), Jordão (Portuguese) and Jordán (Spanish). During the Middle Ages, English speakers also commonly used Judd.

Quick Facts

ON JORDEN

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

922

PRONUNCIATION:

JOHR-dәn

SIMPLE MEANING:

Flowing down

Characteristics

OF JORDEN

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

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Happy

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OF THE BABY NAME JORDEN

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NAMED JORDEN

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NAMED JORDEN

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WITH THE NAME JORDEN

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