Animals, Birds, D names, Duck, Elements, Female, Nature, Old Norse, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Duna

Duna could be used as the strictly feminine form of Dune, used to refer to a sand hill formed by the wind in deserts or near coastal regions. The origin of the word comes from Middle Dutch dūne, which itself could possibly be derived from Gaulish dunum (hill) or from Proto-Celtic dunom (stronghold, rampart). It derives from… Continue reading Duna

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Animals, Bears/Bear cubs, Black/Dark, Color, D names, Female, Gaelic, Irish, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Darcy

Darcy is a unisex given name which comes from a surname with two origins and meanings. The first is that it's derived from Norman French d'Arcy, a locational surname meaning "from Arcy". Arcy is of uncertain meaning though it could be linked to Gaulish artio meaning "bear" with the locative suffix -acum (settlement) so the name means "bear settlement". Darcy is… Continue reading Darcy

Arabic, D names, Female, Greek mythology, Light, Mythology, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dia

Dia is an Ancient Greek female name and the name of several figures in Greek mythology. It means "heavenly, divine" derived from PIE root word *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). There is also a Roman goddess called Dea Dia which means "divine goddess", who was associated with growth and fertility in Ancient Roman religion. Dia is also a Spanish and… Continue reading Dia

D names, Female, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Slavic mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Danica

Danica is a female given name deriving from a Slavic word meaning "morning star", referring to the planet Venus. It derives from a PIE source. Danica is also the name of the personification of the Morning Star in Slavic mythology. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Danika (English) Denica (Bulgarian, Macedonian)  

D names, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Hebrew, Love/Beloved, Proto-Indo-European, Turkish, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dava

Dava is the Scottish feminine form of David, a Hebrew male name meaning "beloved". Dava is also the name of a Geto-Dacian city used as a suffix for any town, city, or fortress which may be derived from PIE *dʰeh₁- (to put, place, set), as well as also being a word in Turkish meaning "case, lawsuit, trial". Origin:… Continue reading Dava

Ancient Greek, Blue, Color, D names, Female, Food, Male, Nature, Plum, Unisex, Violet/Purple, Word names

Damson

Damson is the name of a subspecies of plum. The name comes from Latin (prunum) damascenum meaning "plum of Damascus" because it was believed that they were first cultivated around the ancient city of Damascus, Syria in antiquity. Damson is also used to refer to a type of dark purple or dark blue color. Origin: Ancient Greek… Continue reading Damson

D names, Female, Male, Mythology, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh, Welsh mythology

Dylan

Dylan is the name of a sea god on Welsh mythology, the son of Arianrhod. His name derives from Welsh dy (great) and llanw (tide, flow) so it essentially means "great tide" or "great flow". It's also a surname derived from the given name. Although traditionally a male name it's been used for girls in the U.S. Origin: Welsh Variants: Dillan… Continue reading Dylan

Bright/Clear, D names, Female, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Diana

Diana is the name of the Roman goddess of the hunt, moon, forests, and childbirth, making her the Roman counterpart of Greek goddess Artemis. Though the name is of uncertain origin and meaning, it's been linked to the PIE *deywós (god), a derivative of root *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). Diana is also a Finnish word meaning "slide" and a Spanish… Continue reading Diana

D names, Female, Norman French, Persian, Virtues/Attributes

Dariela

Dariela is a Spanish female name which seems to be the Spanish form of Daria, the feminine form of Darius which comes from Persian Dārayavahush meaning “to possess excellence” or “he who holds firm to good” from dâraya (to possess, to hold) and vahu (good). Another possible meaning I've seen for it is that it's the feminine form of Dariel, an English male name which… Continue reading Dariela

D names, Female, Male, Native American, Sioux, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Dakota

Dakota is a unisex given name as well as the name of two states in the US: North and South Dakota. The name derives from a Native American tribe belonging to the Sioux tribe meaning "friend, friendly" or "allies". It's also known as Lakota and Nakota in different dialects of the language. Nicknames: Kota, Koda Origin: Native… Continue reading Dakota

Animals, Birds, Black/Dark, Color, D names, Dove, Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dove

Dove is the name of a bird hat symbolizes peace and innocence. It comes from Old English *dūfe (dove; pigeon) from Proto-Germanic *dūbǭ. It may be derived from a PIE root word either relating to a word meaning "dive" in reference to its flight or from PIE *dʰewbʰ- (to whisk; smoke; make obscure). Dove is also the past tense of dive meaning… Continue reading Dove

Bright/Clear, D names, Female, Light, Proto-Indo-European, Sanskrit, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Diva

Diva comes from an English word referring to a distinguished female singer or prima donna which comes from Latin dīva meaning "goddess; female deity", the feminine form of dīvus (godlike, godly; belonging to a deity) which derives from PIE *deywós (god), a derivative of root *dyew- (bright; sky, heaven). Diva is also an Indian female name which comes from Old Marathi meaning… Continue reading Diva

Celtic, D names, Elements, Female, Gaelic, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Drucilla

Drucilla is a variant spelling of Drusilla, the feminine form of Drusus, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain origin. It supposedly derived from the name of a Gallic chief killed by a Roman soldier, Drausus, possibly meaning “strong”. I’ve also come across as it being derived from Celtic daru- or derwo- both meaning “oak”. It's also possible that Drusus may come from… Continue reading Drucilla

D names, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Dorothea

Dorothea is the feminine form of Dorotheos, an Ancient Greek name meaning "gift of God", composed from Ancient Greek elements doron (gift) derived from PIE *déh₃rom (gift); and theós (god) also derived from PIE *dʰéh₁s (god; deity) from root *dʰeh₁- (to do, put, place). Theodora is a reverse of Dorothea meaning "God's gift". Nicknames: Dorie/Dory, Thea, Dorina, Dora Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Dorothy (English) Dorthy (English) Dortha (English)… Continue reading Dorothea

D names, Female, Hebrew

Delilah

Delilah is a Hebrew female name meaning "weak, delicate, languishing" which derives from Hebrew dalal (to hang down, to be low). In the Old Testament, Delilah is the lover of Samson whom she betrays to the Philistines by cutting off his hair, the source of his great strength. Nicknames: Del, Lilah/Lila Origin: Hebrew Variants: Delila (German, Dutch, English)… Continue reading Delilah

D names, Earth, Elements, Female, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Dune

Dune is an English word referring to a sand hill formed by the wind in deserts or near coastal regions; the word itself comes from Middle Dutch dūne, which itself could possibly be derived from Gaulish dunum (hill) or from Proto-Celtic dunom (stronghold, rampart). It derives from PIE *dʰewh₂- (to close, finish, come full circle). Origin:… Continue reading Dune

D names, Female, Nature, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Donna

Donna comes from the Italian word meaning "woman," or "lady", used as a title of respect for the lady of the house. It derives from Latin domina (lady, mistress of the house) from a Proto-Indo-European source, either from *demh₂- (to tame, subdue) or from *dṓm (house, home) via root *dem- (to build). Donna could also be used as a feminine form of Donald, the… Continue reading Donna

Ancient Germanic, Ancient Greek, D names, Emotion/Feelings, Female, Gaelic, Gaulish, Gothic, Love/Beloved, Male, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Drew

Drew is used as a short form of Andrew, which is the English form of Greek male name Andreas, derived from Greek andreios meaning “manly, masculine”. It's also the anglicized form of Drogo, itself an Ancient Germanic personal name either derived from Gothic meaning "to bear", "to carry" or from an Old Saxon root meaning "ghost" or "phantom". Drew is also a surname… Continue reading Drew

Black/Dark, Color, D names, Female, Gaelic, Male, Nature, Norman French, Place names, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Delaney

Delaney comes from an English surname with two possible sources: the first is that it may be derived from a Norman French place name, de l'aunaie, meaning "from the alder grove"; the second is that it comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Dubhshláine meaning "descendant of Dubhshláine", the latter made up from Gaelic elements dubh (black) and… Continue reading Delaney