DIKLAH m & f Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Possibly means "palm grove"
in Hebrew or Aramaic. In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of Joktan
. In modern times it is also used as a feminine name.
DINARA f Kazakh, Tatar
Meaning uncertain, perhaps from Arabic دينار (dinar)
, a currency used in several Muslim countries, ultimately derived from Latin denarius
. Alternatively it may be a derivative of دين (din)
DIONE (1) f Greek Mythology
From Greek Διος (Dios)
meaning "of ZEUS"
. By extension, it means "goddess"
. This was the name of an obscure Greek goddess who, according to some legends, was the mother of Aphrodite
DITTE f Danish
Danish diminutive of EDITH
or names containing dit
. It was popularized by Martin Andersen Nexø's novel Ditte, Child of Man
(1921) and the film adaptation (1946).
DIXIE f English
From the term that refers to the southern United States, used by Daniel D. Emmett in his song Dixie
in 1859. The term may be derived from French dix
"ten", which was printed on ten-dollar bills issued from a New Orleans bank.
DIYAR m & f Kurdish
Means "apparent, visible, clear"
DOIREANN f Irish, Irish Mythology
Means "sullen, tempestuous"
in Irish. This was the name of several characters in Irish legend, including a daughter of Bodb Derg who poisoned Fionn
DOLLY f English
Diminutive of DOROTHY
were used from the 16th century, and the common English word doll
(for the plaything) is derived from them. In modern times this name is also sometimes used as a diminutive of DOLORES
DOLORES f Spanish, English
, taken from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary María de los Dolores
, meaning "Mary of Sorrows". It has been used in the English-speaking world since the 19th century, becoming especially popular in America during the 1920s and 30s.
DOMITILLA f Italian, Ancient Roman
Feminine diminutive of the Roman family name DOMITIUS
. This was the name of the wife of the Roman emperor Vespasian and the mother of emperors Titus and Domitian.
DONNA f English
From Italian donna
. It is also used as a feminine form of DONALD
DOR m & f Hebrew
DOREEN f English
Combination of DORA
and the name suffix een
. The name was (first?) used by novelist Edna Lyall in her novel Doreen
DORINDA f English
Combination of DORA
and the name suffix inda
. It was apparently coined by the English writers John Dryden and William D'Avenant for their play The Enchanted Island
(1667). In the play, a loose adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest
, Dorinda is the sister of Miranda.
DORIS f English, German, Spanish, Croatian, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
From the Greek name Δωρις (Doris)
, which meant "Dorian woman"
. The Dorians were a Greek tribe who occupied the Peloponnese starting in the 12th century BC. In Greek mythology Doris was a sea nymph, one of the many children of Oceanus and Tethys. It began to be used as an English name in the 19th century. A famous bearer is the American actress Doris Day (1924-2019).
DOROTHEA f German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, English, Late Greek
Feminine form of the Late Greek name Δωροθεος (Dorotheos)
, which meant "gift of God"
from Greek δωρον (doron)
meaning "gift" and θεος (theos)
meaning "god". The name Theodore
is composed of the same elements in reverse order. Dorothea was the name of two early saints, notably the 4th-century martyr Dorothea of Caesarea. It was also borne by the 14th-century Saint Dorothea of Montau, who was the patron saint of Prussia.
DOROTHY f English
Usual English form of DOROTHEA
. It has been in use since the 16th century. The author L. Frank Baum used it for the central character in his fantasy novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
DOVE f English
From the English word for the variety of bird, seen as a symbol of peace.
DRAUPADI f Hinduism
Means "daughter of DRUPADA"
in Sanskrit. In the Hindu epic the Mahabharata
this is the name of the daughter of King Drupada. She married all of the Pandavas, the five sons of Pandu.
DULCIBELLA f English (Archaic)
From Latin dulcis
"sweet" and bella
"beautiful". The usual medieval spelling of this name was Dowsabel
, and the Latinized form Dulcibella
was revived in the 18th century.
DULCIE f English
From Latin dulcis
. It was used in the Middle Ages in the spellings Dowse
, and was recoined in the 19th century.
DULCINEA f Literature
Derived from Spanish dulce
. This name was (first?) used by Miguel de Cervantes in his novel Don Quixote
(1605), where it belongs to the love interest of the main character, though she never actually appears in the story.
DUNJA f Serbian, Croatian, Slovene
in the South Slavic languages, a quince being a type of fruit. It can also be a Serbian, Croatian and Slovene form of DUNYA
DURI f & m Korean
in Korean (Gyeongsang dialect).
DUSTY m & f English
From a nickname originally given to people perceived as being dusty. It is also used a diminutive of DUSTIN
. A famous bearer was British singer Dusty Springfield (1939-1999), who acquired her nickname as a child.
DWI m & f Indonesian
Means "two, second"
in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit द्वि (dvi)
DYMPHNA f Irish
Anglicized form of DAMHNAIT
. This was the name of a 7th-century Irish saint who was martyred by her father. She is the patron saint of the mentally ill.
EARTHA f English
Combination of the English word earth
with the feminine name suffix a
. It has been used in honour of African-American philanthropist Eartha M. M. White (1876-1974). Another famous bearer was American singer and actress Eartha Kitt (1927-2008).
EASTER f English
From the English name of the Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus
. It was ultimately named for the Germanic spring goddess Eostre. It was traditionally given to children born on Easter, though it is rare in modern times.
EBBA (2) f English
From the Old English name Æbbe
, meaning unknown, perhaps a contracted form of a longer name. Saint Ebba was a 7th-century daughter of King Æthelfrith of Bernicia and the founder of monasteries in Scotland. Another saint named Ebba was a 9th-century abbess and martyr who mutilated her own face so that she would not be raped by the invading Danes.
EBONY f English
From the English word ebony
for the black wood that comes from the ebony tree. It is ultimately from the Egyptian word hbnj
. In America this name is most often used by black parents.
EBRU f Turkish
Means "paper marbling"
in Turkish. Paper marbling is the art of creating colourful patterns on paper.
ECE f Turkish
or "beautiful woman"
ECHO f Greek Mythology
from the word for the repeating reflected sound, which derives from Greek ηχη (eche)
meaning "sound". In Greek mythology Echo was a nymph given a speech impediment by Hera
, so that she could only repeat what others said. She fell in love with Narcissus
, but her love was not returned, and she pined away until nothing remained of her except her voice.
ECRİN f Turkish
Meaning unknown, possibly from an Arabic word meaning "reward"
EDDA (2) f Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Possibly from Old Norse meaning "great-grandmother"
. This was the name of two 13th-century Icelandic literary works: the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda. This is also the name of a character in the Poetic Edda, though it is unclear if her name is connected to the name of the collection.
EDEN f & m Hebrew, English (Modern)
Possibly from Hebrew עֵדֶן
('eden) meaning "pleasure, delight", or perhaps derived from Sumerian 𒂔 (edin)
meaning "plain". According to the Old Testament the Garden of Eden was the place where the first people, Adam
, lived before they were expelled.
EDITH f English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch
From the Old English name Eadgyð
, derived from the elements ead
"wealth, fortune" and gyð
"war". It was popular among Anglo-Saxon royalty, being borne for example by Saint Eadgyeth;, the daughter of King Edgar the Peaceful. The name remained common after the Norman Conquest. It became rare after the 15th century, but was revived in the 19th century.
EDNA (2) f Biblical
in Hebrew. This name appears in the Old Testament Apocrypha in the Book of Tobit.
EDURNE f Basque
in Basque, from edur
, a variant of elur
"snow". It is a Basque equivalent of Nieves
EGLANTINE f English (Rare)
From the English word for the flower also known as sweetbrier. It is derived via Old French from Vulgar Latin *aquilentum
meaning "prickly". It was early used as a given name (in the form Eglentyne
) in Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th-century story The Prioress's Tale
EGLĖ f Lithuanian
Means "spruce tree"
in Lithuanian. In a Lithuanian legend Eglė was a young woman who married a sea snake.
EIJA f Finnish
Possibly from the Finnish happy exclamation eijaa
EIKE m & f German
Short form of names beginning with the Germanic element ag
EILEEN f Irish, English
Anglicized form of EIBHLÍN
. It is also sometimes considered an Irish form of HELEN
. It first became popular in the English-speaking world outside of Ireland near the end of the 19th century.
EILWEN f Welsh
Perhaps means "white brow"
, derived from Welsh ael
"brow" and gwen
"white, fair, blessed". This is a recently-created Welsh name.
EIRWEN f Welsh
Means "white snow"
from the Welsh elements eira
"snow" and gwen