Jordan Name Meaning

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Fact: The country Jordan in the Middle East also shares the name, adding to its global recognition.

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A Deep Dive

Jordan Overview

Meaning

To flow down

Gender

Boy, Gender-neutral

Origin

Hebrew

Etymology

Derived from the Hebrew name “Yarden,” meaning “to flow down” or “descend,” referring to the River Jordan.

Religion

Christianity, Judaism

Pronunciation

/ˈdʒɔrdən/

Popularity

Jordan is a popular unisex name globally, particularly in English-speaking countries. Recently, Jordan has ranked within the top 100 names for boys in the USA, though less common for girls.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

6 letters

Numerology

8 (Practical, Ambitious, Materialistic)

Name Styles

Modern, Classic, Cool, Cute

Associated Traits

Strong, adaptable, charismatic, independent

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

The River Jordan is significant in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, known for being the site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.

Name Day

July 13th
A Deep Dive

Jordan Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Jordyn, Jorden, Jordynn, Jourdan, Jordin, Jordana, Jordie, Jordi, Jordane, Jordanka

Common Nicknames

Jordie, Jojo, Jori, Jordy

Diminutives

J, Jor, Jay, JD, Jori, Jo

Famous People

  • Michael Jordan
    (American Basketball Player)
  • Jordan Peele
    (American Director)
  • Jordan Fisher
    (American Actor)
  • Jordan Spieth
    (American Golfer)
  • Jordan Pruitt
    (American Singer)
  • Jordan Clarkson
    (American-Filipino Basketball Player)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Jordan Belfort
    ("The Wolf of Wall Street," Film)
  • Jordan Baker
    ("The Great Gatsby," Novel)
  • Michael Jordan
    ("Space Jam," Film)
  • Jordan Catalano
    ("My So-Called Life," TV Series)
  • Jordan Chase
    ("Dexter," TV Series)

Places

  • Jordan City
    (Minnesota, USA)
  • Jordan Park
    (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
  • Jordan River
    (Utah, USA)
  • Jordan Valley
    (Oregon, USA)
  • Jordan Lake
    (North Carolina, USA)
  • Jordan Park
    (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

What Is the Meaning of Jordan?

Jordan means “to flow down” or “descend.” This name often implies a personality that is adaptable and dynamic, with a natural ability to navigate life’s currents and changes.

What Is the Origin of The Name Jordan?

Jordan has Hebrew origins. It is derived from the Hebrew word “Yarden,” which refers to the Jordan River in the Middle East. Historically, the river holds significant religious and cultural importance, especially in Christianity and Judaism, and the name has been used since medieval times.

Jordan Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Jordan in the U.S. over the Years

United States flagUnited States#882021#922022#982023
Top 3 Rankings#261997#271996#271998

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Jordan

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202398
(-6 from 2022)
3632
(-269 from 2022)
0.19835
202292
(-4 from 2021)
3901
(-113 from 2021)
0.20828
202188
(-6 from 2020)
4014
(-264 from 2020)
0.21424
202082
(+7 from 2019)
4278
(-59 from 2019)
0.23128
201989
(-9 from 2018)
4337
(-359 from 2018)
0.22568
201880
(-7 from 2017)
4696
(-469 from 2017)
0.24160
201773
(-8 from 2016)
5165
(-502 from 2016)
0.26097
201665
(-6 from 2015)
5667
(-656 from 2015)
0.27976
201559
(-4 from 2014)
6323
(-573 from 2014)
0.30928
201455
(-2 from 2013)
6896
(-319 from 2013)
0.33652
201353
(-5 from 2012)
7215
(-608 from 2012)
0.35705
201248
(-2 from 2011)
7823
(-270 from 2011)
0.38553
201146
No change from 2010
8093
(-160 from 2010)
0.39839
201046
(-1 from 2009)
8253
(-413 from 2009)
0.40172
200945
(+3 from 2008)
8666
(-429 from 2008)
0.40860
200848
(-4 from 2007)
9095
(-963 from 2007)
0.41712
200744
(+2 from 2006)
10058
(+125 from 2006)
0.45407
200646
No change from 2005
9933
(+535 from 2005)
0.45307
200546
(-3 from 2004)
9398
(-162 from 2004)
0.44177
200443
(-5 from 2003)
9560
(-769 from 2003)
0.45236
200338
(-1 from 2002)
10329
(-823 from 2002)
0.49158
200237
(+2 from 2001)
11152
(+337 from 2001)
0.53962
200139
(-3 from 2000)
10815
(-1353 from 2000)
0.52287
200036
(-6 from 1999)
12168
(-883 from 1999)
0.58267
199930
(-3 from 1998)
13051
(-1358 from 1998)
0.64007
199827
(-1 from 1997)
14409
(-352 from 1997)
0.71063
199726
(+1 from 1996)
14761
(+909 from 1996)
0.73887
199627
(+2 from 1995)
13852
(+280 from 1995)
0.69131
199529
No change from 1994
13572
(-588 from 1994)
0.67477
199429
(-1 from 1993)
14160
(-594 from 1993)
0.69468
199328
(+4 from 1992)
14754
(+722 from 1992)
0.71430
199232
(-3 from 1991)
14032
(-1989 from 1991)
0.66845
199129
No change from 1990
16021
(-115 from 1990)
0.75582
199029
(+15 from 1989)
16136
(+5254 from 1989)
0.74980
198944
(+8 from 1988)
10882
(+2392 from 1988)
0.51918
198852
No change from 1987
8490
(+84 from 1987)
0.42402
198752
(+1 from 1986)
8406
(+1103 from 1986)
0.43103
198653
(+9 from 1985)
7303
(+1842 from 1985)
0.38003
198562
(+3 from 1984)
5461
(+920 from 1984)
0.28378
198465
(+7 from 1983)
4541
(+527 from 1983)
0.24197
198372
(+13 from 1982)
4014
(+479 from 1982)
0.21539
198285
(+17 from 1981)
3535
(+611 from 1981)
0.18732
1981102
(+58 from 1980)
2924
(+1304 from 1980)
0.15700
1980160
(+8 from 1979)
1620
(+209 from 1979)
0.08734
1979168
(+51 from 1978)
1411
(+432 from 1978)
0.07877
1978219
(+79 from 1977)
979
(+330 from 1977)
0.05730
1977298
(+37 from 1976)
649
(+133 from 1976)
0.03797
1976335
(+58 from 1975)
516
(+118 from 1975)
0.03161
1975393
(+13 from 1974)
398
(+30 from 1974)
0.02453
1974406
(+44 from 1973)
368
(+64 from 1973)
0.02257
1973450
(+39 from 1972)
304
(+47 from 1972)
0.01884
1972489
(-14 from 1971)
257
(-33 from 1971)
0.01535
1971475
(+11 from 1970)
290
(+10 from 1970)
0.01595
1970486
(+37 from 1969)
280
(+57 from 1969)
0.01470
1969523
(+29 from 1968)
223
(+35 from 1968)
0.01219
1968552
(-48 from 1967)
188
(-33 from 1967)
0.01059
1967504
(+18 from 1966)
221
(+8 from 1966)
0.01242
1966522
(+48 from 1965)
213
(+33 from 1965)
0.01172
1965570
(+41 from 1964)
180
(+16 from 1964)
0.00950
1964611
(+19 from 1963)
164
(+10 from 1963)
0.00809
1963630
(-51 from 1962)
154
(-29 from 1962)
0.00746
1962579
(-3 from 1961)
183
(-5 from 1961)
0.00871
1961576
(+94 from 1960)
188
(+51 from 1960)
0.00872
1960670
(-55 from 1959)
137
(-21 from 1959)
0.00633
1959615
(-47 from 1958)
158
(-27 from 1958)
0.00729
1958568
(-30 from 1957)
185
(-22 from 1957)
0.00859
1957538
(+194 from 1956)
207
(+106 from 1956)
0.00946
1956732
(-20 from 1955)
101
(-5 from 1955)
0.00471
1955712
(-20 from 1954)
106
(-3 from 1954)
0.00507
1954692
(+34 from 1953)
109
(+12 from 1953)
0.00527
1953726
(+49 from 1952)
97
(+15 from 1952)
0.00484
1952775
(+38 from 1951)
82
(+7 from 1951)
0.00416
1951813
(+6 from 1950)
75
(+6 from 1950)
0.00392
1950819
(-21 from 1949)
69
(-5 from 1949)
0.00379
1949798
(+27 from 1948)
74
(+6 from 1948)
0.00411
1948825
(-10 from 1947)
68
(-4 from 1947)
0.00381
1947815
(-34 from 1946)
72
No change from 1946
0.00388
1946781
(-28 from 1945)
72
(+6 from 1945)
0.00436
1945753
(-46 from 1944)
66
(-11 from 1944)
0.00481
1944707
(+25 from 1943)
77
(-1 from 1943)
0.00554
1943732
(+80 from 1942)
78
(+15 from 1942)
0.00536
1942812
(-26 from 1941)
63
No change from 1941
0.00447
1941786
(+44 from 1940)
63
(+6 from 1940)
0.00502
1940830
(-97 from 1939)
57
(-10 from 1939)
0.00481
1939733
(+24 from 1938)
67
(+2 from 1938)
0.00591
1938757
(-45 from 1937)
65
(-6 from 1937)
0.00572
1937712
(+17 from 1936)
71
(+3 from 1936)
0.00649
1936729
(-51 from 1935)
68
(-10 from 1935)
0.00639
1935678
(-28 from 1934)
78
(-8 from 1934)
0.00729
1934650
(+7 from 1933)
86
(+7 from 1933)
0.00810
1933657
(+51 from 1932)
79
(+3 from 1932)
0.00774
1932708
(-128 from 1931)
76
(-26 from 1931)
0.00707
1931580
(+125 from 1930)
102
(+24 from 1930)
0.00953
1930705
(-56 from 1929)
78
(-12 from 1929)
0.00691
1929649
(+14 from 1928)
90
(+1 from 1928)
0.00813
1928663
(-16 from 1927)
89
(-7 from 1927)
0.00780
1927647
(+16 from 1926)
96
(+6 from 1926)
0.00826
1926663
(-22 from 1925)
90
(-8 from 1925)
0.00786
1925641
(+16 from 1924)
98
(+2 from 1924)
0.00851
1924657
(+35 from 1923)
96
(+9 from 1923)
0.00821
1923692
(+257 from 1922)
87
(+33 from 1922)
0.00768
1922949
(-204 from 1921)
54
(-25 from 1921)
0.00480
1921745
(+18 from 1920)
79
(+4 from 1920)
0.00694
1920763
(+210 from 1919)
75
(+27 from 1919)
0.00681
1919973
(+14 from 1918)
48
(+2 from 1918)
0.00473
1918987
(-111 from 1917)
46
(-7 from 1917)
0.00439
1917876
(+196 from 1916)
53
(+17 from 1916)
0.00552
19161072
(-313 from 1915)
36
(-26 from 1915)
0.00390
1915759
(-47 from 1914)
62
(+9 from 1914)
0.00704
1914712
(+8 from 1913)
53
(+12 from 1913)
0.00776
1913720
(+63 from 1912)
41
(+10 from 1912)
0.00765
1912783
(+199 from 1911)
31
(+19 from 1911)
0.00687
1911982
(-123 from 1910)
12
(-1 from 1910)
0.00497
1910859
(-269 from 1909)
13
(-7 from 1909)
0.00623
1909590
(+154 from 1908)
20
(+7 from 1908)
0.01131
1908744
(-9 from 1907)
13
No change from 1907
0.00781
1907735
(+117 from 1906)
13
(+4 from 1906)
0.00820
1906852
(-16 from 1905)
9
No change from 1905
0.00625
1905836
(-26 from 1904)
9
No change from 1904
0.00628
1904810
(-359 from 1903)
9
(-12 from 1903)
0.00650
1903451
(+562 from 1902)
21
(+15 from 1902)
0.01624
19021013
(-417 from 1901)
6
(-6 from 1901)
0.00452
1901596
(+189 from 1900)
12
(+1 from 1900)
0.01038
1900785
(+72 from 1899)
11
(+4 from 1899)
0.00678
1899857
(+28 from 1898)
7
No change from 1898
0.00608
1898885
(-233 from 1897)
7
(-4 from 1897)
0.00530
1897652
(+70 from 1896)
11
(+1 from 1896)
0.00902
1896722
(-354 from 1895)
10
(-16 from 1895)
0.00775
1895368
(+134 from 1894)
26
(+10 from 1894)
0.02053
1894502
(-43 from 1893)
16
No change from 1893
0.01281
1893459
(+138 from 1892)
16
(+4 from 1892)
0.01322
1892597
(-73 from 1891)
12
No change from 1891
0.00913
1891524
(+265 from 1889)
12
(+5 from 1889)
0.01098
18900
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
1889789
(-347 from 1888)
7
(-11 from 1888)
0.00588
1888442
(+74 from 1887)
18
(+6 from 1887)
0.01386
1887516
(+131 from 1886)
12
(+3 from 1886)
0.01098
1886647
(-208 from 1885)
9
(-8 from 1885)
0.00756
1885439
(-87 from 1884)
17
(-8 from 1884)
0.01466
1884352
(+81 from 1883)
25
(+8 from 1883)
0.02037
1883433
(+107 from 1882)
17
(+5 from 1882)
0.01511
1882540
(-145 from 1881)
12
(-6 from 1881)
0.00983
1881395
(-39 from 1880)
18
(-5 from 1880)
0.01662
1880356
First SSA data recorded
23
First SSA data recorded
0.01943

American States Popularity Rankings for Jordan

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

California (CA) flagCalifornia (CA)#862021#882022#922023

Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#842021#892022#972023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#832021#732022#752023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#622021#762022#752023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#1052021#1022022#1042023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#762021#682022#782023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#1012021#1062022#992023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#942021#1002022#942023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#772021#682022#1332023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#852021#1112022#1052023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#712021#1052022#842023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#1152021#1172022#1252023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#1122021#982022#1742023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#872021#1082022#1002023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#1332021#1022022#922023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#1052021#1042022#1032023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#682021#722022#762023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#1492021#1172022#1102023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#572021#1052022#1182023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#1162021#2012022#1192023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#1032021#602022#862023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#1092021#1212022#1092023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#842021#852022#852023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#1222021#1222022#892023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#952021#902022#812023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#1182021#1142022#1052023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#922021#1522022#1492023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#1042021#972022#992023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#1202021#1572022#1762023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#1632021#1752022#1262023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#1422021#1002022#1152023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#872021#462022#862023

Connecticut (CT)

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Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#1262021#972022#1192023

Nevada (NV)

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Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#1782021#1022022#1482023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#1262021#402022#602023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#1232021#1042022#1862023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#1182021#1282022#1022023

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#1962021#1922022#942023

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#1532020#1382021#1822023

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#1322018#1382019#2112022

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#972021#1252022#1172023

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#652021#832022#722023

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#862021#1222022#1202023

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#1852021#1232022#822023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#622020#1122022#1122023

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#1962021#1422022#1442023

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#1952021#1002022#1632023

Vermont (VT)

Vermont (VT) flagVermont (VT)#882015#1052017#1282018

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#652017#902018#1152021

Popularity Rankings for Jordan in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Other American Territories

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Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

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Popularity in Australia (NSW)

Australia (NSW) flagAustralia (NSW)#582021#452022#532023

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#732021#662022#512023

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#752020#702021#712022

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#872021#822022#1082023

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#1292021#1082022#1432023

Popularity in Belgium

Belgium flagBelgium#1102003#1432004#1872006

Popularity in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico flagPuerto Rico#1282014#2162015#2672016

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#1392021#1642022#1682023

Popularity in France

France flagFrance#1542013#1452014#1832015

Popularity in Chile

Chile flagChile#1952005#1532006

Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#2002021#2342022#2492023

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#2042019#2202020#2202021

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#2552018#3012019#3762022

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#3082020#3532021#2582022

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#3182022#3032023

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#4432019#4512021#4222023

Popularity in Mexico

Mexico flagMexico#4512020

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Jordan a Name for Boys or Girls?

Jordan is used for both boys and girls. Its versatility and modern sound make it a great name for any child, regardless of gender.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Jordan

Jordan in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Michael Jordan (Basketball Player, born 1963): A retired American professional basketball player widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
  • Jordan Peele (Director, born 1979): An American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director recognized for his work on "Get Out" and "Us."
  • Jordan Fisher (Actor, born 1994): An American actor, singer, and dancer noted for his roles in "Teen Beach Movie," "Hamilton," and "To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You."
  • Jordan Spieth (Golfer, born 1993): An American professional golfer and three-time major champion.
  • Jordan Pruitt (Singer, born 1991): An American singer-songwriter celebrated for her debut single "Outside Looking In."
  • Jordan Clarkson (Basketball Player, born 1992): An American-Filipino professional basketball player who plays with the Utah Jazz in the NBA.
  • Jordan Knight (Singer, born 1970): An American singer-songwriter famous as a member of the boy band New Kids on the Block.
  • Jordan Henderson (Footballer, born 1990): An English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Liverpool and the England national team.
  • Jordan Ladd (Actress, born 1975): An American actress recognized for her roles in horror films like "Cabin Fever" and "Death Proof."
  • Jordan Belfort ("The Wolf of Wall Street," 2013 Film): A stockbroker who rises to wealth and power through fraud and corruption.
  • Jordan Baker ("The Great Gatsby," 1925 Novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald): A professional golfer and the love interest of Nick Carraway.
  • Michael Jordan ("Space Jam," 1996 Film): The basketball legend who teams up with the Looney Tunes characters to win a basketball game.
  • Jordan Catalano ("My So-Called Life," 1994 TV Series): A high school heartthrob and love interest of the main character, Angela Chase.
  • Jordan Chase ("Dexter," 2006 TV Series): A motivational speaker who hides a dark and sinister secret.
  • "Jordan" (2000 Song by Buckethead): An instrumental guitar track that showcases the artist's technical prowess.
  • Jordan Collier ("The 4400," 2004 TV Series): The leader of the returned 4400, advocating for their rights and integration.
  • Jordan Baker ("All American," 2018 TV Series): A talented high school football player navigating the complexities of life and sports.
  • Jordan O'Neill ("G.I. Jane," 1997 Film): The first woman to undergo training in the U.S. Navy SEALs.
  • Jordan Sullivan ("Scrubs," 2001 TV Series): Dr. Cox's ex-wife known for her sharp wit and strong personality.
  • Jordan Kendall ("The West Wing," 1999 TV Series): A lawyer involved in political and legal battles at the White House.
  • Jordan ("Dear White People," 2014 Film): A character in the satirical drama about race relations on a college campus.
  • Jordan City (Minnesota, USA): A city in Scott County known for its historic buildings and annual festivals.
  • Jordan Park (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA): A public park known for its recreational facilities and scenic views of the Jordan River.
  • Jordan River (Utah, USA): A river flowing from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake, known for its recreational activities and wildlife.
  • Jordan Valley (Oregon, USA): A valley known for its agricultural significance and beautiful landscapes.
  • Jordan Lake (North Carolina, USA): A reservoir known for its recreational activities such as boating, fishing, and camping.
  • Jordan Park (Toronto, Ontario, Canada): A public park known for its green spaces and community events.
  • Jordan Island (Alaska, USA): An island in the Alexander Archipelago known for its wildlife and natural beauty.
  • Jordan Pond (Maine, USA): A glacial lake in Acadia National Park, known for its clear waters and hiking trails.
  • Jordan Village (Ontario, Canada): A village in the Niagara Region known for its wineries and historic charm.
  • Jordan District (Hong Kong, China): A district known for its bustling markets, diverse food scene, and cultural landmarks.

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Sibling Names for Jordan