Given Name DARIUS

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: də-RIE-əs (English), DER-ee-əs (English), DAR-ee-əs (English)   [details]

Meaning & History

Roman form of Δαρειος (Dareios), which was the Greek form of the Persian name Dārayavahush, which was composed of the elements dâraya "to possess" and vahu "good". Three ancient kings of Persia bore this name, including Darius the Great who expanded the Achaemenid Empire to its greatest extent. His forces invaded Greece but were defeated in the Battle of Marathon.

It has never been very common as a given name in the English-speaking world, though it rose in popularity after the middle of the 20th century.

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VARIANT: Darijus (Lithuanian)
FEMININE FORMS: Daria (English), Daria (Romanian)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Dareios (Ancient Greek), Darayavahush (Ancient Persian), Dareios (Biblical Greek), Daryawesh (Biblical Hebrew), Darijo, Dario (Croatian), Dario (Italian), Dariush, Daryush (Persian), Dariusz, Darek (Polish), Darío (Spanish)
  United States
2016
  England and Wales
2016
  France
not
ranked
2015
  Romania
2009