Demetrius

Demetrius is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Demetrios, itself the masculine form of Demeter, the name of the Greek goddess of agriculture and the mother of Persephone. Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, the second element of the name is from Greek meter meaning “mother”. The first part of the name is a little tricky. It could be linked…

Dunstan

Dunstan comes from an Anglo-Saxon name meaning “dark stone” or “black stone”, made up from Old English elements dunn (brown; dark, bleak) and stan (stone). It’s also an English surname originating as a locational name for someone who came from a place called Dunstan. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Davis

Davis comes from an English surname, a patronymic name derived from the given name David, meaning “beloved” from Hebrew. Origin: Hebrew  

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    

Dirk

Dirk is a Low German and Dutch short form of Diederik, which is the Dutch 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 a PIE root word. Dirk is also the name of a type of dagger which originated with the Scots…

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    

Dexter

Dexter comes from an English surname, an occupational name originally used for a female dyer though it’s been commonly used as a male given name. Dexter is also a Latin word meaning “right; on the right side” as well as meaning “skillful; adroit” via Latin dextera (right hand) deriving from PIE *deḱs- “right (opposite left) or essentially south”. Nicknames: Dex…

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…

Dresden

Dresden is the name of a city in Germany, the capital of Leipzig. The name comes from Old Sorbian drežd’any meaning either “people of the riverside forest” or “settlement of the forest people”. I don’t know which but I do know dręzga means “forest”. Dresden is also a surname, originating as a locational name for someone…

Delta

Delta is the name of the fourth letter in the Greek alphabet, shaped like a triangle Δ, borrowed from Phoenician 𐤃 daleth meaning “door”. Delta is also used to refer to a piece of land shaped like a triangle, formed when a river splits into smaller rivers. Origin: Phoenician