Diona

Diona is a female given name, a variant of Dione, the name of a few figures in Greek mythology, including a Titaness who is, in some sources, listed as being the mother of Aphrodite by Zeus. The name is the feminine form of Dios meaning "of Zeus" derived from PIE root word *dyew- (to be bright; sky, heaven), so Dione would mean …

Deborah

Deborah comes from Hebrew dvorá meaning "bee", the name of two different women in the Bible. The first is the nurse of Rebecca while the other is a heroine and prophetess who led the Israelites in a successful war against the Canaanites. Nicknames: Deb, Debbie/Debby/Debi Origin: Hebrew Variants: Debra (English) Devorah (Hebrew) Devora (Hebrew) Dvora (Hebrew) Dvorah (Hebrew) …

Despina

Despina is a Greek female name, the modern Greek form of Despoina which means "lady, mistress of the home" from *des-potnia "mistress of the house" (the feminine form of *déms pótis "master of the house") derived from PIE *dṓm (home; house) and *pót-nih (wife, mistress). In Greek mythology, Despoina is the daughter of Demeter and Zeus, goddess of the Arkadian cults; Despoina was also used as an epithet …

Diotima

Diotima is an Ancient Greek female name made up of Dio- meaning "of Zeus" combined with Ancient Greek timao τιμαω meaning “to honor, to esteem”, so the name essentially means "to honor Zeus" or "esteemed by Zeus". Diotima of Mantinea was an Ancient Greek priestess/prophetess who features in Plato's Symposium (380-385 BCE), in which Socrates tells of her ideas of platonic love. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Deotyma …

Dahlia

Dahlia is the name of a genus of flowers native to Mexico, named after Swedish botanist Anders Dahl; Dahl is a Scandinavian surname which comes from Old Norse dalr meaning "valley" which derives from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Dalia (Spanish) Dalya (Hebrew)    

Désirée

Désirée is a French female name, the French form of Desiderata, a Late Roman name meaning "desired". It comes from Latin desiderare (to desire) via desidero (to desire, want, wish for) which seems to have originated from the phrase de sidere ('from the stars' or 'of the stars'), made up of Latin prefix de- (of, from) and sidus (star, constellation). Origin: Proto-Indo-European …

Delyth

Delyth is a Welsh female name, an elaborated form of del meaning "pretty". Origin: Welsh  

Duana

Duana (pr. doo-ah-na or doo-wain-a) is the feminine form of Duane, itself an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó Dubhan meaning "descendant of Dubhán", Dubhán being a diminutive of Irish dubh meaning "black, dark", so the name essentially means "little dark one". Duana is also a Catalan word meaning "customs" which comes from Arabic dīwān (register; collection of poetry; account; council, court) via …

Davinia

Davinia is a variant of Davina which originated as a feminine form of David which means "beloved". Nicknames: Davey, Vin, Vinny/Vinnie Origin: Hebrew Variants: Davina (English) Davena (English) Daveena (English) Davenia (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 …

Dorrity

Dorrity comes from an Irish surname, an anglicized form of O'Dochartairgh meaning "descendant of Dochartach", the latter a male given name originally given as a nickname,  made up of do- (impossible; ill, evil) and cartach (not loving) essentially meaning "hurtful", "obstructive", or "stern". Nicknames: Dorr, Dorie Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

Dutch

Dutch comes from a surname, an anglicized spelling of Germanic Deutsch meaning "German", an archaic term that was once used to refer to the German people as a whole; it's now more commonly used to refer to the inhabitant of the Netherlands. Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

Destiny

Destiny comes from an English word meaning "destiny, fate", referring to something that is predetermined or inevitable, something that determines the course of events. The word comes from Old French destinee (fate; destiny) via Latin destinare (fasten; secure; make firm; establish) derived from a PIE root word. Although used overwhelmingly as a feminine name in the first …