Names Starting with D

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DULCIE f English
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.
DULCINEA f Literature
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.
DULF m Limburgish
Limburgish short form of ADOLF.
DUMISANI m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "praise" in Zulu and Ndebele.
DUMITRA f Romanian
Romanian feminine form of DEMETRIUS.
DUMITRU m Romanian
Romanian form of DEMETRIUS.
DUMUZI m Sumerian 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.
DUNCAN m Scottish, 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).
DŨNG m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (dũng) meaning "brave".
DUNJA f Serbian, Croatian, Slovene
Means "quince" in the South Slavic languages, a quince being a type of fruit. It can also be a Serbian, Croatian and Slovene form of DUNYA.
DUNSTAN m English (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.
DUNYA f Russian
Diminutive of AVDOTYA.
DUNYASHA f Russian
Diminutive of AVDOTYA.
DƯƠNG m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (dương) meaning "male, virile".
ĐURAĐA f Serbian, Croatian (Archaic)
Serbian feminine form of GEORGE.
DURAI m Tamil
Means "chief, leader" in Tamil.
DURANS m Late Roman
Original Latin form of DURANTE.
DURANTE m Italian
Italian form of the Late Latin name Durans, which meant "enduring".
ĐURĐA f Croatian
Croatian feminine form of GEORGE.
ĐURĐICA f Croatian
Croatian feminine form of GEORGE. It also means "lily of the valley" in Croatian.
Means "pearl" in Uzbek.
DURGA f & m Hinduism, 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.
DURI f & m Korean
Means "two" in Korean (Gyeongsang dialect).
DURK m Frisian
Frisian variant of DIRK.
ĐURO m Croatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of GEORGE.
DURU f & m Turkish
Means "clear, lucid" in Turkish.
DURWARD m English
From an occupational surname meaning "door guard" in Middle English.
DUŠAN m Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovak, Slovene, Macedonian
Derived from Slavic dusha meaning "soul, spirit".
DUŠANA f Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovak
Feminine form of DUŠAN.
DUŠANKA f Serbian, Slovene, Croatian
Feminine form of DUŠAN.
DUSHYANT m Indian, Hindi
Modern form of DUSHYANTA.
DUSHYANTA m Hinduism
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.
DUŠICA f Serbian
Feminine diminutive of DUŠAN.
DUSTIN m English
From an English surname that 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).
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.
DUTCH m English
From a nickname given to Americans of German descent. It is related to deutsch, the German word for "German".
DUYGU m & f Turkish
Means "emotion, sensation" in Turkish.
DVORA f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew דְּבוֹרָה (see DEVORAH).
DVORAH f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew דְּבוֹרָה (see DEVORAH).
DWAIN m English
Variant of DUANE.
DWAYNE m English
Variant of DUANE.
DWI m & f Indonesian
Means "two, second" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit द्वि (dvi).
DWIGHT m English
From an English surname that was derived from the medieval feminine name Diot, a diminutive of Dionysia, the feminine form of DIONYSIUS. In America it was sometimes given in honour of Yale president Timothy Dwight (1752-1817). A famous bearer was the American president Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969).
DWYN m Celtic Mythology
Meaning unknown. This was the name of the Celtic god of love.
DYAN f English
Variant of DIANE.
DYE f Medieval English
Medieval short form of DIONYSIA.
DYLAN m Welsh, English, Welsh Mythology
From the Welsh elements dy meaning "great" and llanw meaning "tide, flow". In Welsh mythology Dylan was a god or hero associated with the sea. He was the son of Arianrhod and was accidentally slain by his uncle Govannon.... [more]
DYLIS f Welsh
Variant of DILYS.
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.
DYMPNA f Irish
Variant of DYMPHNA.
DYSON m English (Rare)
From an English surname that meant "son of DYE".
DŽAFER m Bosnian
Bosnian form of JAFAR.
Chechen form of GABRIEL.
DZHAMAL m Chechen
Chechen form of JAMAL.
DZHOKHAR m Chechen
Possibly from Persian گوهر (gohar) "jewel, essence" or جوهر (johar) "essence, ink" (which comes from the same root, but via a loan to Arabic and retransmission to Persian).
DZMITRY m Belarusian
Belarusian form of DEMETRIUS.
DZSENIFER f Hungarian
Hungarian form of JENNIFER.
DZVEZDA f Macedonian
Means "star" in Macedonian.
DZVEZDAN m Macedonian
Masculine form of DZVEZDA.
DZVONIMIR m Macedonian
Macedonian form of ZVONIMIR.
DZVONKO m Macedonian
Diminutive of DZVONIMIR.