"war horse"

Destry Origin and Meaning

The name Destry is a boy's name of English origin meaning "war horse".

Destry rides again, this time as a Western flavored baby name. Derived from the French surname Destrier, from an Anglo-Norman word meaning "warhorse", this rugged name was popularized by the 1930 novel Destry Rides Again by Max Brand, subsequently adapted for the big screen.

It has only ranked in the US Top 1000 once, in 1964 at #637, after a popular TV series based on the novel was aired that year. It was given to fewer than 10 baby boys in the latest year on record.

Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw named their daughter Destry in 1996.

# 636 in the US

Destry Rank in US Top 1000

Famous People Named Destry

  • Destry "DTrain" Wright, American NFL player

Destry in Pop Culture

  • "Destry Rides Again" 1939 Western about lawman Tom Destry