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…

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…

Denver

Denver comes from an English surname made up from Old English Dene-fær meaning “Dane’s crossing” from Dene (Dane) which comes from Proto-Germanic *daniz (a Dane) of unknown etymology though it’s possible that it derives from PIE *dʰenh₂- (to set in motion, to flow); and fær (journey; crossing, passage) via Proto-Germanic*faraną (to go, to travel) also derived from a PIE root word. It…

Dara

Dara is a given name with a variety of meanings and origins: Dara is a male name in Irish which comes from dair meaning “oak” which comes from Proto-Celtic *daru deriving from a PIE root word. Dara is also an anglicized form of Dáire meaning “fruitful, fertile” and is the name of several figures in Irish mythology; it’s also a…

Dionis

Dionis is the Romanian male form of Dionysius, the Latinized form of Dionysus who is the Greek god of wine, revelry, fertility and madness. Although the etymology behind the 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…

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…

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…

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…

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 “the allies”. It’s also known as Lakota and Nakota in different dialects of the language. Nicknames: Kota, Koda Origin:…