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

Derek

Derek is a contracted form of Dederick, a Low German form of Theodoric, a Germanic name meaning "ruler of the people" composed from Proto-Germanic elements *þeudō (people, nation) and *rīks (king, ruler) both of which derive from Proto-Indo-European. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Dederick (English) Derrick (English) Deryck (English) Derick (English) Derric (English) Deric (English) Diederich (German) Theodoric (Latinized form of Dietrich) Theodoricus… Continue reading Derek

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Bright/Clear, D names, Emotion/Feelings, Japanese, Joy, Kin/Family, Male, Numbers, Sound, Virtues/Attributes

Daijirou

Daijirou is a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: dai 大 "large, big" + ji 二 "two" + ro 郎 "son" (大二郎); dai 大 "large, big" + ji 二 "two" + ro 朗 "bright, clear; melodious; cheerful, merry" (大二朗); dai 大 "large, big" + ji 次 "next, order; sequence" + ro 郎 "son" (大次郎); dai 大 "large, big" + ji 治 "reign; govern; regulate" + ro 郎 "son" (大治郎); There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used.… Continue reading Daijirou

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

D names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Dante

Dante is an Italian male name which originally started out as a short form of Durante, the Italian form of Latin Durans meaning "enduring" which derives from a PIE root word. Dante is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Durante (Italian) Durans (Late Roman) Daunte (English) Donte (English) Dontay (English) Dontae (English)… Continue reading Dante

Animals, D names, Elements, Gaelic, German/Germanic, Lion, Male, Mythology, Old English, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Welsh mythology

Dillon

Dillon seems like a variant spelling of Dylan at first glance, an Irish name meaning "great tide" or "great flow" and the name of a sea god in Welsh mythology, but Dillon has its own roots. There seems to be a lot of contradictory information on it: it's an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó Duilleáin meaning… Continue reading Dillon

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

Ancient Greek, D names, Greek, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Nature, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Dion

Dion is a shortened form of Dionysios, from Dionysus, the name of the Greek god of wine, revelry, fertility and madness. Although the etymology of his name isn’t quite clear-cut, the first part of the name, Dio-, means “of Zeus” though it could also be related to Proto-Indo-European *dyews meaning “sky, heaven, god” and “shining”. The second part -nysus might be derived… Continue reading Dion

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

D names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Damian

Damian comes from Latin Damianus derived from Ancient Greek Damianos meaning "to tame, subdue, control" and also "to kill", deriving from the PIE root *demh₂- (to tame, domesticate). Damian is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Damianus (Latinized Ancient Greek) Damianos (Ancient Greek) Damien (French) Damion (English) Damon (English) Damyan (Bulgarian) Damjan (Slovene, Croatian, Serbian,… Continue reading Damian

D names, Dutch, Irish, Male, Nature, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Darren

Darren is a male name of uncertain meaning and origin. It may be a variant form of Darrell, which comes from French surname D’Airelle meaning “of Airelle”, referring to someone who came from there. Darren may also be a variant of Dara, an Irish male name meaning "oak tree" though it may also be an anglicized form of Dáire meaning "fruitful, fertile",… Continue reading Darren

Black/Dark, Color, D names, Frankish, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Dougray

Dougray is a male name which seems to have originated as a French surname. It could be a variant form of Dugarry, a French surname referring to someone from a town called Le Garry, or perhaps from another habitational surname, Duguay, referring to someone from a place called Dugay.  I've also seen it as possibly being… Continue reading Dougray

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

Cornish, D names, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Nature, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Denzil

Denzil has several possible meanings but nothing concrete, and they may not even be accurate. It’s from a surname denoting someone who came from a place called Denzell in Cornwall. I’ve seen it listed as meaning “fort”, “fertile highland” or “high stronghold”. I’ve also seen it listed as being a pet form of German name Denz, a short… Continue reading Denzil

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