Devon

Devon is the name of a county in England which derives its name from a Celtic tribe who inhabited the area known as the Dumnonii which is made up from Proto-Celtic *dubno- meaning “deep” or “world” and *nanto meaning “stream” or “valley” so the name would mean “deep valley” or “deep stream”. It may also be a variant spelling of Devin, a surname which either originated as a nickname for someone who acted divinely from Old French devin meaning “divine” from Latin divinus (soothsayer, fortuneteller); or Devin could be an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó Damháin meaning “descendant of Damhán”, the latter meaning “fawn” from Gaelic damh (stag, ox), or an anglicized form of Ó Dubháin “descendant of Dubhán”, the latter the diminutive form of dubh “black, dark”.

Origin: Proto-Celtic, Latin, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Devin (English, Irish)
  • Deven (English)
  • Devan (English)
  • Devyn (English)
  • Devona (English) female

 

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Dorian

Dorian comes from the name of an ancient Greek tribe called the Dorians. According to mythology, they got their name from their founder, Dorus, which at first glance seems related to Greek doron meaning “gift” from Proto-Indo-European *déh₃rom (gift) from the root *deh₃- (to give). However, the exact origins of the name are not uncertain. It’s possible Dorian also derives from Proto-Indo-European *doru- meaning “tree, wood”, the same root word for “spear” in Greek as well. Dorian is also a surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Deoradháin meaning “descendant of Deoradhán”, the latter derived from Old Irish deoradh meaning “exile, wanderer, stranger, pilgrim”.

Origin: Greek, Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Dorieus (Ancient Greek)
  • Dorijan (Croatian)
  • Doriano (Italian)
  • Dorián (Hungarian)
  • Doran (Irish)

 

Female forms:

  • Doriane (French)
  • Doriana (Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Croatian, Portuguese)
  • Doria (English)

 

Danina

Danina is a female given name of uncertain meaning and etymology. At first glance it seems like a feminine form of Daniel meaning “God is my judge” and in some cases it may be based on that; but it also seems to have older roots than that, as the name of one of a pair of pre-Christian Georgian deities in the former Georgian kingdom of Kartli (also known as Iberia to classic scholars), known as Danina and Ainina (or Danana and Aynina). There isn’t much known about them- they may be two different versions of the same name which may be linked to the Persian goddess of fertility and water Anahita (whose name means “pure, immaculate, undefiled”) or even Ishtar, the Babylonian and Assyrian goddess of fertility, sex, war, and love; her name is of unknown meaning. Danina is also a Polish word meaning “tribute, ransom” from Old Polish dań derived from Proto-Indo-European *deh₃- (to give).

Origin: Hebrew, Avestan, Proto-Indo-European

 

 

Dominic

Dominic is the English form of Late Latin Dominicus meaning “of the Lord” from Latin dominus meaning “master, lord, ruler” derived from Proto-Indo-European *demh₂- (to tame, domesticate). It was traditionally given to a child born on a Sunday. Dominic is also a surname derived from the given name,

Nicknames: Dom, Nic, Nicky/Nickie

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Variants:

  • Domenic (English)
  • Dominick (English)
  • Dominicus (Late Latin, Dutch)
  • Dominik (German, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Polish, Hungarian, Croatian)
  • Dominique (French)
  • Domonkos (Hungarian)
  • Domenico (Italian)
  • Dominykas (Lithuanian)
  • Domingos (Portuguese)
  • Domingo (Spanish)
  • Domen (Slovene)
  • Txomin (Basque)

 

Female forms:

  • Dominica (Late Roman, English)
  • Dominika (Slovak, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Slovene, Russian)
  • Dominique (French)
  • Domenica (Italian)
  • Domnika (Macedonian)
  • Dominga (Spanish)

 

 

Davina

Davina is the feminine form of David, which comes from a Hebrew male name meaning “beloved”.

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Davinia (English)
  • Davena (English)
  • Davida (English)

 

Male forms:

  • David (English, Hebrew, French, Scottish, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Czech, Slovene, Russian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian)
  • Dávid (Hungarian, Slovak)
  • Dovid (Yiddish)
  • Daud (Arabic, Indonesian)
  • Dawud (Arabic)
  • Dawood (Arabic)
  • Dawid (Polish, Biblical Hebrew)
  • Daveth (Cornish)
  • Taavet (Estonian)
  • Taavetti (Finnish)
  • Davit (Georgian)
  • Daviti (Georgian)
  • Dáibhí (Irish)
  • Dàibhidh (Scottish Gaelic)
  • Daividh (Scottish Gaelic)
  • Davi (Portuguese Brazilian)
  • Davide (Italian)
  • Dovydas (Lithuanian)
  • Davud (Persian)
  • Dafydd (Welsh)
  • Dewi (Welsh)
  • Dewydd (Old Welsh)
  • Davíd (Icelandic)

 

Donovan

Donovan comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Donndubháin meaning “descendant of Donndubhán”, the latter a given name made up of Gaelic elemens donn (brown) and dubh (black) with diminutive suffix -an meaning “little brown-black one”.

Nicknames: Don, Donny/Donnie

Origin: Gaelic

Variants:

  • Donovon (English)

 

Dario

Dario is the Italian and Croatian form of Darius, the Roman form of Greek Dareios which ultimately comes from Persian Dārayavahush meaning “to possess excellence” or “he who holds firm to good” from dâraya (to possess, to hold) and vahu (good). Dario is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Persian

Variants:

  • Dário (Portuguese)
  • Darío (Spanish)
  • Darius (English, Lithuanian, Romanian)
  • Dareios (Ancient Greek)
  • Darayavahush (Old Persian)
  • Daryawesh (Biblical Hebrew)
  • Darijus (Lithuanian)
  • Dariush (Persian)
  • Daryush (Persian)
  • Dariusz (Polish)

 

Female forms:

  • Daria (Italian, Polish, Romanian, Croatian, Late Greek, English)
  • Dareia (Late Greek)
  • Darija (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene)
  • Darya (Russian, Belarusian)
  • Darja (Slovene, Czech)
  • Tarja (Finnish)
  • Dariya (Ukrainian)
  • Odarka (Ukrainian)

 

Desmond

Desmond comes from Irish surname Deasmhumhain, made up of Gaelic elements deas (south) and mumhain (Munster), meaning “South Munster” referring to someone who was from a place called Desmond, the name of a kingdom that once existed in Ireland.

Nicknames: Des/Dez, Desi/Dezi

Origin: Gaelic

Variants:

  • Desmonde

 

Desdemona

Desdemona comes from Greek dysdaimon meaning “ill-fated, unfortunate” from Greek dus (bad, hard, unfortunate) and daimon (god, divine power, deity, spirit; power, fate, destiny). It was the name of a tragic character of Shakespeare’s play Othello (1603).

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Disdemona

 

Dorcas

Dorcas comes from Ancient Greek dorkás meaning “gazelle”, a Greek translation of Tabitha, an Aramanic female name also meaning “gazelle”. Gazelles are commonly associated in Arabic literature with female beauty because of their grace and delicacy

Origin: Ancient Greek