- "Seriously, Bella, dad could never cope with you being a vampire, or you being dead, he can barely cope with the idea you're getting married. Hell I'm having trouble."
- —Dan trying to talk sense to Bella
Daniel "Dan" Joseph Swan was born on June 4, 1982 to Charlie Swan and Renée Dwyer, five years before his sister, Bella Swan (later Cullen). Daniel was brought up by his father, and several things about his personality make that obvious. For instance, Daniel has his father’s joke-y but responsible persona. Dan is also a cop, a bit of a rookie, working for his father; as a kid he had always wonted to follow in his dad’s footsteps and become a cop, so he did.
He saw his mom on occasion, visiting her and Bella in Phoenix, like Bella visited him and Charlie in Forks, these trips lasted until his early teens. At this point Daniel stopped going to see her mother in Phoenix, as his Father, Charlie was suffering from depression and he wanted to support him. Though Daniel didn’t tell him this, as he was worried his father would think it was his fault.