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Gender: Female Origin of Dido: Greek, meaning obscure

The name Dido is a girl's name of Greek origin. Dido and is often added to lists like Early African-American Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven Hell Purgatory - Unusual/Outlandish Girls".

From the experts:

Dido was the heroine of Virgil's Aeneid and of the opera "Dido and Aeneas," and in Roman mythology the founder of Carthage. A strong ancient name in the Juno mode, but it could have some awkward associations down the line.

The English singer-songwriter Dido was born with the equally unusual name Florian Cloud, but was called Dido since childhood.

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Famous People Named Dido

Dido (born Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong), English singer/songwriter
Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay, biracial noblewoman who influenced the abolition of slavery in England, main character in the 2013 film "Belle"
Diana Mary "Dido" Harding, Baroness Harding of Winscombe, English telecom CEO

Pop Culture References for the name Dido

The Queen Dido, a ship in the game 'Resident Evil: Revelations'
Dido Twite, principal character of Joan Aiken's Wolves Chronicles books


TechnoKitten Says:


Too close to dildo

livialucille Says:


I love this name. Dido Twite was one of my favorite fictional characters as a kid. The tragic associations with the mythological queen are neutral or even good to me. And I don't see dildo, maybe because I've always heard this name pronounced with a long i, which dildo does not have.

Daiseymae Says:


Not good.

Bobcat108 Says:


Dido is used for an evil doll in Ruth M. Arthur's classic YA novel A Candle in Her Room.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:



Kibby Says:


That’s how the singer pronounces it and she’s probably one of the more well known uses of the name. (Or at least she was 10-15 years ago!)

fungusamongus Says:


I've heard it pronounced "DYE-doh".

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Is this pronounce DYE-doh, DEE-doh, or DIH-doh?

iipostmvh Says:


At first, my very sight, I see dildo.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


Found this name through the movie 'Belle'. It's simple and it's cute, but at the same time it's very strong and distinctive and legitimately, ridiculously rare. But a Dickie Dido is British old cheeky term for a woman's you-know-what. And it is one letter away from Dildo... which really doesn't help.