Dai

Dai is a Welsh male name, a diminutive of Dafydd, the Welsh form of David which comes from Hebrew meaning “beloved”. I’ve also seen it listed as being derived from an old Celtic word dei meaning “to shine”. Dai is also a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: dai 大 “big, large”; dai 太 “plump,…

Durante

Durante is an Italian male name, the Italian form of Latin Durans meaning “enduring” which derives from a PIE root word. Durante is also an Italian surname originating from the given name.  Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Dante (Italian diminutive of Durante) Durans (Late Roman)  

Dina

Dina is an Arabic female name, the feminine form of Deen/Dīn meaning “religion, creed” though it also means “debt, loan”, “duty, obligation, law” and “judgement, ruling”; it seems to be derived from a Proto-Semitic root word in reference to a legal sense (obligated conduct; decisions of morality or ethics, judgement, decree, ruling), and is a cognate with…

Darius

Darius is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Dareios which is the Greek form of Persian Dārayavahush meaning “to possess excellence” or “he who holds firm to good” from dâraya (to possess, to hold) and vahu (good), both of which derive from a PIE root word. Darius is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Dareios (Ancient Greek)…

Dover

Dover comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from any place called Dover. An ancient place name recorded as Dubris, Dofras, and Doferum, the meaning behind the name is uncertain. The name comes from Latin Portus Dubrus meaning “Port Dubris”; Dubris could be derived from a Celtic origin, dubra meaning “water” though it’s also possible that…

Drago

Drago (pr. dra-go; Forvo) comes from a Slavic element meaning “precious, dear” via Proto-Slavic *dorgъ (dear, expensive; dear, lovable, precious) derived from a PIE root word. Drago (pronounced the same as above) is also the Italian form of Draco which comes from Latin meaning “dragon”, a Spanish word meaning “dragon tree”, though it’s also a Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan first-person singular…

Daiyu

Daiyu is a Chinese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the characters used: dai: 代 “to replace; generation; era; 黛 “blacken eyebrows; black” *used for girls only* 戴 “to wear on top; to put on; to support; to respect; to esteem, honor” yu: 玉 “jade; precious stone; gem; pure, beautiful”; Origin: Chinese…

Delbert

Delbert is an English male name, a shortened form of Adelbert, the German and Dutch form of Adalbert which is an Old Germanic form of Albert meaning “noble bright” made up from Germanic elements adal (noble) and beraht (bright, famous), both of which derive from a PIE root word. Nicknames: Del, Bert, Bertie/Berty Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Adelbert (German, Dutch) Adalbert (Ancient Germanic, German, Polish)…

Dionysos

Dionysos is the name of the Greek god of the vine, wine, pleasure, festivity, madness, and wild frenzy, who represented both the intoxicating madness of wine as well as its beneficient qualities. He was the son of Zeus and the Theban princess Semele, making him the only god with a mortal parent and the last god to…