Derived from yarden and yarad, Jordaan is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin. It directly refers to the river Jordan and its downwards declivity has lend itself to the meaning “down-flowing.” The river is steeped in religious significance, so much so that pilgrims would bring flasks of water from the river to use it to christen their children. The name Jordan started to gain favor, probably as a tangent to this practice. Choosing Jordaan for baby then is to follow a time-honored tradition and bring them a step closer to a higher power.
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