DANTE m Italian
Medieval short form of DURANTE
. The most notable bearer of this name was Dante Alighieri, the 13th-century Italian poet who wrote the 'Divine Comedy'.
DAR f & m Hebrew
Means "mother-of-pearl, nacre" in Hebrew.
DARA (1) m Irish
From the Irish Mac Dara
, which means "oak tree". This was the name of a 6th-century saint from Connemara. It is also used as an Anglicized form of DÁIRE
DARA (2) f & m Khmer
Means "star" in Khmer, ultimately from Sanskrit.
DARBY m & f English
From an English surname, which was derived from the name of the town of Derby
, meaning "deer town" in Old Norse.
DARCY f & m English
From an English surname that was derived from Norman French d'Arcy
, originally denoting one who came from Arcy in France. This was the surname of a character in Jane Austen's novel 'Pride and Prejudice' (1813).
DARDAN m Albanian
From the name of the Dardani, an Illyrian tribe who lived on the Balkan Peninsula. Their name may derive from an Illyrian word meaning "pear". They were unrelated to the ancient people who were also called the Dardans who lived near Troy.
DARIN m English
Variant of DARREN
. This was the adopted surname of the singer Bobby Darin (1936-1973), who was born Robert Cassotto and chose his stage name from a street sign.
DARIUS m English, Lithuanian, Romanian, Biblical, Biblical Latin
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.... [more]
DARNELL m English
From a surname, possibly derived from Old French darnel
, a type of grass. Alternatively it may be derived from Old English derne
"hidden" and halh
DARRELL m English
From an English surname that was derived from Norman French d'Airelle
, originally denoting one who came from Airelle in France.
DARREN m English
The meaning of this name is not known for certain. It could be from a rare Irish surname or it could be an altered form of DARRELL
. It was first brought to public attention in the late 1950s by the American actor Darren McGavin (1922-2006). It was further popularized in the 1960s by the character Darrin Stephens from the television show 'Bewitched'.
D'ARTAGNAN m Literature
Means "from Artagnan" in French, Artagnan being a town in southwest France. This was the name of a character in the novel 'The Three Musketeers' (1884) by Alexandre Dumas. In the novel D'Artagnan is an aspiring musketeer who first duels with the three title characters and then becomes their friend.
DARWIN m English
From a surname that was derived from the Old English given name Deorwine
, which meant "dear friend". The surname was borne by the English naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882), the man who first proposed the theory of natural selection and subsequently revolutionized biology.
DASHIELL m English (Rare)
In the case of American author Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961), it is an Anglicized form of his mother's surname De Chiel
, which is of unknown meaning.
DATHAN m Biblical
Possibly means "fountain" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the conspirators against Moses
DAUMANTAS m Lithuanian
From Lithuanian daug
"much" and mantus
"intelligent". This name was borne by a 13th-century Lithuanian ruler of Pskov who is venerated as a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
DAVID m English, Hebrew, French, Scottish, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Czech, Slovene, Russian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name דָּוִד (Dawid)
, which was derived from Hebrew דּוֹד (dod)
meaning "beloved" or "uncle". David was the second and greatest of the kings of Israel, ruling in the 10th century BC. Several stories about him are told in the Old Testament, including his defeat of Goliath
, a giant Philistine. According to the New Testament, Jesus
was descended from him.... [more]
DAVIS m English
From a surname that was derived from the given name DAVID
. A famous bearer of the surname was Jefferson Davis (1808-1889), the only president of the Confederate States of America.
DAWSON m English
From a surname meaning "son of DAVID
". This name was popularized in the late 1990s by the television drama 'Dawson's Creek'.
DAX m English
From an English surname that was derived either from the town of Dax in France or else from the Old English given name Dæcca
(of unknown meaning).
DAYTON m English
From an English surname that was derived from a place name, which possibly meant either "dairy town" or "ditch town" in Old English.
DAZHDBOG m Slavic Mythology
Possibly means "the giving god" in Slavic. He was a Slavic god of the sun and light, a son of Svarog. In some myths he is the ancestor of the Russian people.
DEACON m English (Modern)
Either from the occupational surname Deacon
or directly from the vocabulary word deacon
, which refer to a cleric in the Christian church (ultimately from Greek διακονος (diakonos)
DEBDAS m Bengali
Bengali form of DEVADAS
. This is the name of a 1917 novel by the Bengali author Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.
DECEBAL m Romanian
Means "powerful, brave" in Dacian. This was the name adopted by Diurpaneus, a 1st-century king of Dacia. For many years he successfully resisted Roman expansion into his territory but was finally defeated by the forces of Emperor Trajan in 106.
DECLAN m Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Deaglán
, which is of unknown meaning. Saint Declan was a 5th-century missionary to Ireland.
DEE f & m English
Short form of names beginning with D
. It may also be given in reference to the Dee
River in Scotland.
DEEMER m English (Rare)
From an English and Scottish surname meaning "judge", from Old English demere
DEEPAK m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Nepali
Alternate transcription of Hindi/Marathi/Nepali दीपक
, Bengali দীপক
, Gujarati દીપક
, Gurmukhi ਦੀਪਕ
, Malayalam ദീപക്
, Kannada ದೀಪಕ್
, Tamil தீபக்
or Telugu దీపక్
DEFOREST m English
From a French surname meaning "from the forest". It was originally given in honour of American author John Deforest (1826-1906).
DEIMOS m Greek Mythology
Means "terror" in Greek. This was one of the sons of the Greek god Ares
. Also, a moon of Mars bears this name.
DELAIAH m Biblical
has drawn up" in Hebrew. This is the name of several Old Testament characters.
DELANO m English
From a surname, recorded as de la Noye
in French, indicating that the bearer was from a place called La Noue (ultimately Gaulish meaning "wetland, swamp"). It has been used in honour of American president Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), whose middle name came from his mother's maiden name.
DELBERT m English
Short form of ADELBERT
. As an American name it was first used in the New York area by people of Dutch ancestry.
DELL m & f English
From an English surname that originally denoted a person who lived in a dell or valley.
DELMAR m English
From an English surname that was derived from Norman French de la mare
meaning "from the pond".
DELWYN m Welsh
Means "pretty and white" from the Welsh element del
"pretty" combined with gwyn
"fair, white, blessed".
DEMETRIUS m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Δημητριος (Demetrios)
, which was derived from the name of the Greek goddess DEMETER (1)
. Kings of Macedon and the Seleucid kingdom have had this name. This was also the name of several early saints including a Saint Demetrius who was martyred in the 4th century.
DEMOSTHENES m Ancient Greek
Means "vigour of the people" from Greek δημος (demos)
"the people" and σθενος (sthenos)
"vigour, strength". This was the name of both an Athenian general of the 5th century and an Athenian orator of the 4th century.
DENEB m Astronomy
Derived from Arabic ذنب (dhanab)
meaning "tail". This is the name of a star in the constellation Cygnus.
DENHOLM m English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally taken from a place name meaning "valley island" in Old English.
DENIS m French, Russian, English, German, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Romanian, Croatian
, the medieval French forms of DIONYSIUS
. Saint Denis was a 3rd-century missionary to Gaul and the first bishop of Paris. He was martyred by decapitation, after which legend says he picked up his own severed head and walked for a distance while preaching a sermon. He is credited with converting the Gauls to Christianity and is considered the patron saint of France.... [more]
DENTON m English
From a surname, originally from a place name, which meant "valley town" in Old English.
DENVER m English
From an English surname that was from a place name meaning "Dane ford" in Old English. This is the name of the capital city of Colorado, which was named for the politician James W. Denver (1817-1892).
DENZEL m English (Modern)
Possibly a variant of DENZIL
. This spelling of the name was popularized by American actor Denzel Washington (1954-), who was named after his father.
DENZIL m English
From a surname that originally denoted a person from the manor of Denzell in Cornwall. This given name was borne by several members of the noble Holles family starting in the 16th century, notably the statesman Denzil Holles (1599-1680). They were named for John Denzel, an ancestor whose home was Denzell.
DEREK m English
From the older English name Dederick
, which was in origin a Low German form of THEODORIC
. It was imported to England from the Low Countries in the 15th century.
DERVİŞ m Turkish
From a Turkish word, which exists in English as dervish
, for a Sufi ascetic. It is ultimately from Avestan drigu
meaning "needy, poor".
DERYA f & m Turkish
Means "sea, ocean" in Turkish, ultimately from Persian.
DESIDERATUS m Late Roman
Derived from Latin desideratum
meaning "desired". This was the name of a 6th-century French saint.
DESIDERIUS m Late Roman
Derived from Latin desiderium
"longing, desire". It was the name of several early saints. It was also borne in the 8th century by the last king of the Lombard Kingdom.
DESMOND m English, Irish
From an Irish surname that was derived from Deasmhumhain
meaning "South Munster", originally indicating a person who came from that region in Ireland.
DEUSDEDIT m Late Roman
Latin name meaning "God has given". This was the name of two popes (who are also known by the related name Adeodatus
DEVEREUX m English (Rare)
From an English surname, of Norman French origin, meaning "from Evreux". Evreux is a town in France.
DEVON m & f English
Variant of DEVIN
. It may also be partly inspired by the name of the county of Devon in England, which got its name from the Dumnonii, a Celtic tribe.
DEWI (1) m Welsh
, an old Welsh form of DAVID
. Saint Dewi, the patron saint of Wales, was a 6th-century Welsh bishop.
DEXTER m English
From an occupational surname meaning "one who dyes" in Old English. It also coincides with the Latin word dexter
meaning "right-handed, skilled".
DIARMAID m Irish, Irish Mythology
Perhaps means "without envy" in Irish. In Irish mythology this was the name of a warrior who became the lover of Gráinne
. It was also the name of several ancient Irish kings.
DICK (1) m English
Medieval diminutive of RICHARD
. The change in the initial consonant is said to have been caused by the way the trilled Norman R
was pronounced by the English.
DIEDE m & f Dutch
Short form of DIEDERIK
and other names beginning with the same element, originally from Germanic theud
DIEGO m Spanish
Possibly a shortened form of SANTIAGO
. In medieval records Diego
was Latinized as Didacus
, and it has been suggested that it in fact derives from Greek διδαχη (didache)
"teaching". Saint Didacus (or Diego) was a 15th-century Franciscan brother based in Alcalá, Spain. Other famous bearers of this name include Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (1886-1957) and Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona (1960-).
DIETER m German
Means "warrior of the people", derived from the Germanic elements theud
"people" and hari
DIEUWE m Frisian
Frisian short form of Germanic names beginning with the element diet
, originally theud
DIGBY m English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from the name of an English town, itself derived from a combination of Old English dic
"dyke, ditch" and Old Norse byr
DIGGORY m English (Rare)
Probably an Anglicized form of Degaré
. Sir Degaré was the subject of a medieval poem set in Brittany. The name may mean "lost one" from French égaré
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.
DILBERT m Popular Culture
Meaning unknown. The second element is probably intended to be from Germanic beraht
"bright". This is the title character in a comic strip by Scott Adams.
DILIPA m Hinduism
Means "protector of Delhi" from Sanskrit दिल्ली
) combined with प (pa)
meaning "protecting". This is the name of several kings in Hindu texts.
DILLON m English
Variant of DYLAN
based on the spelling of the surname Dillon
, which has an unrelated origin.
DILWYN m Welsh
Means "genuine and white" from the Welsh element dilys
"genuine" combined with gwyn
"white, fair, blessed".
DINESH m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi, Nepali
Modern form of DINESHA
DINESHA m Hinduism
Means "day lord" from Sanskrit दिन (dina)
meaning "day" and ईश (isha)
meaning "lord". In Hindu texts this is used as a name of the sun.
DIOCLETIAN m History
From the Roman cognomen Diocletianus
, a derivative of DIOKLES
. This was the name of a Roman emperor of the 3rd and 4th centuries. He is remembered for persecuting Christians, but he also reformed and stabilized the crumbling Empire.
DIOGO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of DIEGO
. This name was borne by the 15th-century Portuguese explorer Diogo Cão.
DIOMEDES m Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek Διος (Dios)
meaning "of ZEUS
" and μηδομαι (medomai)
meaning "to think, to plan". In Greek legend Diomedes was one of the greatest heroes who fought against the Trojans. With Odysseus
he entered Troy and stole the Palladium. After the Trojan War he founded the cities of Brindisi and Arpi in Italy.
DION m Ancient Greek, English
Short form of DIONYSIOS
and other Greek names beginning with the Greek element Διος (Dios)
meaning "of ZEUS
". This was the name of a 4th-century BC tyrant of Syracuse. It has been used as an American given name since the middle of the 20th century.
DIONYSIOS m Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek personal name derived from the name of the Greek god DIONYSOS
. Famous bearers include two early tyrants of Syracuse and a 1st-century BC Greek rhetorician.
DIONYSOS m Greek Mythology
From Greek Διος (Dios)
meaning "of ZEUS
" combined with NYSA
, the name of the region where young Dionysos was said to have been raised. In Greek mythology Dionysos was the god of wine, revelry, fertility and dance. He was the son of Zeus
DIPAK m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Nepali
Modern form of DIPAKA
DIPAKA m Hinduism
Means "inflaming, exciting" in Sanskrit. This is another name of Kama
, the Hindu god of love.
DIRK m Dutch, German, English
Short form of DIEDERIK
. The name was popularized in the English-speaking world by actor Dirk Bogarde (1921-1999), who had some Dutch ancestry. This is also the Scots word for a type of dagger.