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Means "inflaming, exciting" in Sanskrit. This is another name of Kama, the Hindu god of love.
DIPALIfIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "row of lamps" in Sanskrit.
DIPTIfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada
Means "brightness, light" in Sanskrit.
Means "resistance" in Turkish.
DIRKmDutch, 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.
DISHAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "region, direction" in Sanskrit.
DISMASmJudeo-Christian Legend
Derived from Greek δυσμη (dysme) meaning "sunset". This is the name traditionally given to the repentant thief who was crucified beside Jesus.
Danish diminutive of EDITH or DOROTHEA.
DIVINAfEnglish (Rare)
From an elaboration of the English word divine meaning "divine, godlike".
DIVNAfSerbian, Macedonian
From Serbian диван (divan) or Macedonian дивен (diven) meaning "wonderful".
DIVYAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam
Means "divine, heavenly" in Sanskrit.
DIWATAfFilipino, Tagalog
Means "goddess" in Tagalog.
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.
From an English surname meaning "DICK (1)'s son".
DIYA (1)fIndian, Hindi
Means "lamp, light" in Hindi.
DIYA (2)mArabic
Variant transcription of ZIYA.
DÎYARf & mKurdish
Means "gift" in Kurdish.
DJAMILAfArabic (Maghrebi)
Variant transcription of JAMILA (chiefly Algerian).
DJEHUTImEgyptian Mythology
Reconstructed Egyptian form of THOTH.
DJEHUTIMESUmAncient Egyptian
Reconstructed Egyptian form of THUTMOSE.
Variant transcription of ĐORĐE.
Variant transcription of ĐURAĐ.
Variant transcription of ĐURAĐA.
Variant transcription of ĐURO.
DMITARmCroatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of DEMETRIUS.
DMITREImMedieval Slavic
Old Slavic form of DMITRIY.
Variant transcription of DMITRIY.
Variant transcription of DMITRIY.
Russian form of DEMETRIUS. Dmitriy Mendeleev (1834-1907) was the Russian chemist who devised the periodic table.
Variant transcription of DMITRIY.
Ukrainian form of DEMETRIUS.
Diminutive of DOBROSLAV.
DOBROGOSTmPolish (Rare), Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements dobru "good" and gosti "guest".
DOBROMILmCzech (Rare), Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements dobru "good" and milu "gracious, dear".
DOBROSLAVmCroatian, Serbian, Czech, Bulgarian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements dobru "good" and slava "glory".
Feminine form of DOBROSLAV.
Polish form of DOBROSLAV.
Polish feminine form of DOBROSLAV.
Possibly a diminutive of THEODOSIA.
Diminutive of DOROTHY.
Means "folk song", from Romanian doină.
DOIREANNfIrish, 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 mac Cumhail.
Limburgish short form of ADOLF.
Variant of DOLLY.
Diminutive of DOROTHY. Doll and Dolly 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.
DOLORESfSpanish, English
Means "sorrows", 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.
Catalan form of DOLORES.
Short form of ADOLPH.
Short form of DOMINIC.
Derived from the Slavic elements domu "home" and gojiti "grow, heal, foster, nurture".
Slovene form of DOMINIC.
Italian feminine form of DOMINIC.
Italian form of DOMINIC. Domenico Veneziano was a Renaissance painter who lived in Florence.
DOMHNALLmScottish, Irish
Gaelic form of DONALD.
Spanish feminine form of DOMINIC.
Spanish form of DOMINIC.
Portuguese form of DOMINIC.
From the Late Latin name Dominicus meaning "of the Lord". This name was traditionally given to a child born on Sunday. Several saints have borne this name, including the 13th-century founder of the Dominican order of friars. It was in this saint's honour that the name was first used in England, starting around the 13th century. It is primarily used by Catholics.
DOMINICUSmLate Roman, Dutch
Original Latin form of DOMINIC, as well as the modern Dutch form.
DOMINIQUEf & mFrench
French feminine and masculine form of DOMINIC.
Lithuanian form of DOMINIC.
DOMITIAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of DOMITIUS.
From the Roman cognomen Domitianus, itself derived from the family name DOMITIUS. This was the name of a 1st-century Roman emperor, Titus Flavius Domitianus.
DOMITILAfSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of DOMITILLA.
DOMITILLAfItalian, 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.
French form of DOMITILLA.
DOMITIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which was probably derived from Latin domitus meaning "having been tamed".
DOMNALLmScottish, Irish
Gaelic form of DONALD.
Macedonian feminine form of DOMINIC.
Hungarian form of DOMINIC.
Hungarian form of DEMETRIUS.
Short form of DONALD.
Variant of DONNA.
Anglicized form of Donnchadh (see DUNCAN).
Modern Irish form of Domhnall (see DONALD).
Anglicized form of Domhnall (see DONALD).
DONALDmScottish, English
From the Gaelic name Domhnall which means "ruler of the world", composed of the old Celtic elements dumno "world" and val "rule". This was the name of two 9th-century kings of the Scots and Picts. It has traditionally been very popular in Scotland, and during the 20th century it became common in the rest of the English-speaking world. This is the name of one of Walt Disney's most popular cartoon characters, Donald Duck. It was also borne by Australian cricket player Donald Bradman (1908-2001).
Feminine form of DONALD.
Feminine form of DONALD.
DONARmGermanic Mythology
Continental Germanic cognate of Þórr (see THOR).
Hungarian form of Donatus (see DONATO).
DONATmFrench (Rare), Occitan (Rare), Catalan (Rare), Polish (Rare)
French, Occitan, Catalan and Polish form of Donatus (see DONATO).
DONATAfItalian, Lithuanian, Late Roman
Feminine form of Donatus (see DONATO).
Lithuanian form of Donatus (see DONATO).
Diminutive of DONATA.
Diminutive of DONATO. The Renaissance sculptor Donato di Niccolo di Bette Bardi was better known as Donatello.
Derivative of Donatus (see DONATO). This was the name of a few early saints.
French form of DONATIANUS.
French feminine form of DONATIANUS.
DONATOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the Late Latin name Donatus meaning "given". Several early saints had this name. The name was also borne by two Renaissance masters: the sculptor Donato di Niccolo di Bette Bardi (also known as Donatello), and the architect Donato Bramante.
DONATUSmLate Roman
Latin form of DONATO.
Diminutive of ANDON.
Diminutive of ANDON.
Feminine form of DONALD.
DONELLEfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine form of DON.
From Chinese (dōng) meaning "east", (dòng) meaning "pillar, beam", or other characters which are pronounced similarly.
From Sino-Korean (dong) meaning "east" and (geun) meaning "root, foundation", as well as other hanja character combinations.
Feminine diminutive of ANDON.
From Italian donna meaning "lady". It is also used as a feminine form of DONALD.
DONNCHADmAncient Irish
Older Gaelic form of DUNCAN.
DONNCHADHmIrish, Scottish
Gaelic form of DUNCAN.
DONNDUBHÁNmAncient Irish
Composed of the Gaelic element donn "brown" combined with dubh "dark" and a diminutive suffix.
Diminutive of DONALD.
Diminutive of DONALD.
DONOVANmIrish, English
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Donndubháin meaning "descendant of DONNDUBHÁN".
DORm & fHebrew
Means "generation" in Hebrew.
DÓRAfHungarian, Icelandic
Short form of DOROTTYA and names that end in dóra, such as TEODÓRA or HALLDÓRA.
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Deoráin meaning "descendant of Deoradhán". The name Deoradhán means "exile, wanderer" in Gaelic.
Derived from Greek δορκας (dorkas) meaning "gazelle". This is the Greek translation of the name Tabitha in the New Testament (see Acts 9:36).
Serbian form of GEORGE.
Variant of DOREEN.
Combination of DORA and the name suffix een. The name was (first?) used by novelist Edna Lyall in her novel 'Doreen' (1894).
DORESfPortuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician form of DOLORES.
Danish variant of DOROTHEA.
DORETTAfEnglish, Italian
Diminutive of DORA.
Means "my generation" in Hebrew.
DORIAfEnglish (Rare)
Possibly a feminine form of DORIAN or an elaboration of DORA.
DORIANmEnglish, French
The name was first used by Oscar Wilde in his novel 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' (1891), which tells the story of a man whose portrait ages while he stays young. Wilde may have taken it from the name of the ancient Greek tribe the Dorians, or from the surname DORAN.
French feminine form of DORIAN.
Italian form of DORIAN.
Croatian form of DORIAN.
Romanian, possibly a form of DORIAN or a diminutive of TEODOR.
DORINA (1)fRomanian
Feminine form of DORIN.
DORINA (2)fHungarian
Elaboration of DÓRA.
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.
Variant of DOREEN.
DORISfEnglish, German, Croatian, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
From the ancient 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-).
DORIT (1)fHebrew
Strictly feminine variant of DOR.
DORIT (2)fDanish
Danish diminutive of DOROTHEA.
DORJIf & mTibetan, Bhutanese
Means "diamond" in Tibetan.
Diminutive of DOROTTYA.
Variant transcription of DOROFEY.
Russian form of Dorotheos (see DOROTHEA).
Derived from Greek δωρον (doron) meaning "gift".
DOROTAfPolish, Czech, Slovak
Polish, Czech and Slovak form of DOROTHEA.
DOROTÉIAfPortuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of DOROTHEA.
Portuguese form of DOROTHEA.
Lithuanian form of DOROTHEA.
DOROTEJAfSlovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian
Slovene, Croatian, Serbian and Macedonian form of DOROTHEA.
DOROTHEAfGerman, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, English, Late Greek
Feminine form of the Late Greek name Δωροθεος (Dorotheos), which meant "gift of God" from Greek δωρον (doron) "gift" and θεος (theos) "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.
French form of DOROTHEA.
DOROTHEOSmGreek, Late Greek
Original Greek masculine form of DOROTHEA.
Latinized form of DOROTHEOS.
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' (1900).
Hungarian form of DOROTHEA.
Variant of DORIS.
Danish form of DOROTHY.
DÖRTHEfLow German
Low German form of DORTHE.
Danish form of DOROTHY.
Derived from Romanian dor meaning "longing".
Means "mountaintop" in Turkish.
Diminutive of DOROTHY or DORIS. This is the name of a fish in the animated film 'Finding Nemo' (2003).
Diminutive of TEODOZJA or DOROTA.
Diminutive of DOROTHY.
Diminutive of DOROTHY.
Diminutive of DOROTHY.
Czech feminine form of DUBRAVKO.
Short form of DOUGLAS.
DOUGALmScottish, Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Dubhghall, which meant "dark stranger" from dubh "dark" and gall "stranger".
DOUGLASmScottish, English
Anglicized form of the Scottish surname Dubhghlas, meaning "dark river" from Gaelic dubh "dark" and glais "water, river" (an archaic word related to glas "grey, green"). Douglas was originally a place name (for example, a tributary of the River Clyde), which then became a Scottish clan name borne by a powerful line of earls. It has been used as a given name since the 16th century.
Means "bear" in Hebrew.
From the English word for the variety of bird, seen as a symbol of peace.
Yiddish form of DAVID.
Lithuanian form of DAVID.
From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Dubhghaill meaning "descendant of Dubhghall" (see DOUGAL). Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was the author of the Sherlock Holmes mystery stories.
From Sino-Korean (do) meaning "path, road, way" and (yun) meaning "allow, consent", as well as other hanja character combinations.
DRACOmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Δρακων (Drakon) which meant "dragon, serpent". This was the name of a 7th-century BC Athenian legislator. This is also the name of a constellation in the northern sky.
DRAGAfSlovene, Croatian, Serbian
Feminine form of DRAGO.
DRAGANmSerbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Bulgarian
Derived from the Slavic element dragu meaning "precious".
DRAGICAfSerbian, Croatian, Slovene
Derived from the Slavic element dragu meaning "precious".
DRAGOmCroatian, Serbian, Slovene, Bulgarian
Derived from the Slavic element dragu meaning "precious". It is also a short form of other Slavic names beginning with that element.
DRAGOMIRmSerbian, Croatian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic element dragu meaning "precious" combined with miru meaning "peace, world".
Originally a short form of Slavic names beginning with the element dragu "precious", such as DRAGOMIR. This was the name of a 14th-century ruler of Moldavia.
DRAGOSLAVmSerbian, Croatian, Slovene, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements dragu meaning "precious" and slava "glory".
DRAGUTINmSerbian, Croatian, Slovene, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic element dragu meaning "precious".
DRAHAfCzech, Slovak
Diminutive of DRAHOMÍRA.
DRAHOMÍRmCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of DRAGOMIR.
DRAHOMÍRAfCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak feminine form of DRAGOMIR.
DRAHOSLAVmCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of DRAGOSLAV.
DRAHOSLAVAfCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak feminine form of DRAGOSLAV.
From an English surname derived from the Old Norse byname Draki or the Old English byname Draca both meaning "dragon", both via Latin from Greek δρακων (drakon) meaning "dragon, serpent". This name coincides with the unrelated English word drake meaning "male duck".
DRAKONmAncient Greek
Greek form of DRACO.
DRAŠKOmSerbian, Croatian
Diminutive of names containing the Slavic element dragu meaning "precious".
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.
DRAVENmPopular Culture
From a surname (of unknown meaning) which was used in the movie 'The Crow' (1994).
DRAŽENmCroatian, Serbian
Derived from the Slavic element dragu meaning "precious".
Feminine form of DRAŽEN.
DRAZHANmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of DRAŽEN.
Short form of ANDRE.
Short form of ANDREA (2).
Short form of ANDREW.
Short form of ANDRIES.
Short form of HENDRIKA.
DRISCOLLmEnglish (Rare), Irish
From an Irish surname which was an Anglicized form of Ó Eidirsceóil meaning "descendant of the messenger".
DRISHTIfIndian, Hindi
Means "sight" in Sanskrit.
From Albanian dritë meaning "light".
DROGOmEnglish (Archaic)
Norman name, possibly derived from Gothic dragen "to carry" or Saxon drog "ghost". Alternatively, it could be from the Slavic element dragu "precious, dear". The Normans introduced this name to England.
Means "freedom" or "sparrow" in Hebrew.
Feminine form of DROR.
DROUSILLAfBiblical Greek
Form of DRUSILLA used in the Greek New Testament.
DRUMMONDmEnglish (Rare)
From a Scottish surname which was derived from various place names, themselves derived from Gaelic druim meaning "ridge".
Means "wooden pillar" or "firm footed" in Sanskrit. In the Hindu epic the 'Mahabharata' this is the name of a king of Panchala, the father of Draupadi and Dhrishtadyumna.
DRUSAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of DRUSUS.
DRUSILLAfBiblical, Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin
Feminine diminutive of the Roman family name DRUSUS. In Acts in the New Testament Drusilla is the wife of Felix.
DRUSTmAncient Celtic
Pictish name probably derived from Celtic drest meaning "riot" or "tumult". This name was borne by several kings of the Picts, including their last king Drust X, who ruled in the 9th century.
DRUSTANmAncient Celtic
Older form of TRISTAN. This name was borne by a 7th-century Scottish saint.
DRUSUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name, also sometimes used as a praenomen, or given name, by the Claudia family. Apparently the name was first assumed by a Roman warrior who killed a Gallic chieftain named Drausus in single combat. Drausus possibly derives from a Celtic element meaning "strong".
Welsh form of TRISTAN.
Portuguese diminutive of EDUARDO.
Means "prayer" in Arabic.
DUANAfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine form of DUANE.
DUANEmEnglish, Irish
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Ó Dubhán meaning "descendant of DUBHÁN".
Portuguese form of EDWARD. This name was borne by a 15th-century king of Portugal, who was named after his maternal ancestor Edward III of England.
DUBAKUm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "eleventh born child" in Akan.
Irish name derived from dubh "dark, black" combined with a diminutive suffix.
DUBHGHALLmIrish, Scottish
Original Gaelic form of DOUGAL.
Original Gaelic form of DOUGLAS.
Old Irish name derived from dubh "dark, black" and either slán "defiance" or Sláine, the Gaelic name of the River Slaney.
DUBHTHACHmAncient Irish
Old Irish name derived from dubh "dark, black" in combination with a second element of unknown meaning.
DUBRAVKAfCroatian, Serbian
Feminine form of DUBRAVKO.
DUBRAVKOmCroatian, Serbian
From the old Slavic word dubrava meaning "oak grove".
From Sino-Vietnamese (đức) meaning "virtue".
DUDAm & fPortuguese
Portuguese diminutive of EDUARDO or EDUARDA.
Old English byname possibly meaning "round".
Yiddish diminutive of DAVID.
From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning "Dudda's clearing" in Old English. The surname was borne by a British noble family.
Portuguese diminutive of EDUARDO.
Derived from Gaelic dubh meaning "dark".
Scottish variant of DOUGAL.
DUHAf & mArabic
Means "morning" in Arabic.
DUILIOmItalian, Spanish
From the Roman name Duilius, which is possibly derived from Latin duellum "war". This was the name of a Roman consul who defeated the Carthaginians in a naval battle.
From the noble title duke, which was originally derived from Latin dux "leader".
Means "to live long", derived from Nakh duqa "many" and vakha "to live".
DULCEfSpanish, Portuguese
Means "sweet" or "candy" in Spanish.
DULCIBELLAfEnglish (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.
From Latin dulcis meaning "sweet". It was used in the Middle Ages in the spellings Dowse and Duce, and was recoined in the 19th century.
Derived from Spanish dulce meaning "sweet". 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.
Limburgish short form of ADOLF.
DUMISANImSouthern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "praise" in Zulu and Ndebele.
Romanian feminine form of DEMETRIUS.
Romanian form of DEMETRIUS.
DUMUZImSumerian Mythology
From Sumerian 𒌉 (dumu) meaning "son, child" and 𒍣 (zid) meaning "true, loyal". This was the name of a Sumerian god of shepherds and vegetation, the husband of Inanna. He was said to spend half of each year in the underworld, resulting in the yearly cycle of seasons. He was known to the Semitic peoples of Mesopotamia as Tammuz.
DUNCANmScottish, English
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Donnchadh, derived from Gaelic donn "brown" and cath "battle". This was the name of two kings of Scotland, including the one who was featured in Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth' (1606).
From Sino-Vietnamese (dũng) meaning "brave".
DUNJAfSerbian, Croatian, Slovene
Serbian, Croatian and Slovene form of DUNYA. This also means "quince" in the South Slavic languages, a quince being a type of fruit.
DUNSTANmEnglish (Rare), Anglo-Saxon
From the Old English elements dunn "dark" and stan "stone". This name was borne by a 10th-century saint, the archbishop of Canterbury. It was occasionally used in the Middle Ages, though it died out after the 16th century. It was revived by the Tractarian movement in the 19th century.
Diminutive of AVDOTYA.
Diminutive of AVDOTYA.
From Sino-Vietnamese (dương) meaning "male, virile".
ĐURAĐAfSerbian, Croatian (Archaic)
Serbian feminine form of GEORGE.
Means "chief, leader" in Tamil.
DURANSmLate Roman
Original Latin form of DURANTE.
Italian form of the Late Latin name Durans which meant "enduring".
Croatian feminine form of GEORGE.
Croatian feminine form of GEORGE. It also means "lily of the valley" in Croatian.
Means "pearl" in Uzbek.
DURGAf & mHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil
Means "unattainable" in Sanskrit. Durga is a Hindu warrior goddess, the fierce, twelve-armed, three-eyed form of the wife of Shiva. She is considered an incarnation of Parvati.
DURIf & mKorean
Means "two" in Korean (Gyeongsang dialect).
Frisian variant of DIRK.
ĐUROmCroatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of GEORGE.
From an occupational surname which meant "door guard" in Middle English.
DUŠANmCzech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovak, Slovene, Macedonian
Derived from Slavic dusha meaning "soul, spirit".
DUSHYANTmIndian, Hindi
Modern form of DUSHYANTA.
Possibly means "destroyer of evil" in Sanskrit. In Hindu legend this is the name of a king who is the husband of Shakuntala and the father of Bharata.
Feminine diminutive of DUŠAN.
From an English surname which was derived from the Old Norse given name Þórsteinn (see TORSTEN). The name was popularized by the actor Dustin Hoffman (1937-), who was apparently named after the earlier silent movie star Dustin Farnum (1874-1929).
DUSTYm & fEnglish
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.
From a nickname given to Americans of German descent. It is derived from Deutsch, the German word for the German people.
DUYGUm & fTurkish
Means "emotion, sensation" in Turkish.