Gender: Male Meaning of Dustin: "brave warrior, or Thor's stone" Origin of Dustin: Norse Dustin's Popularity in 2018: #525

Dustin Origin and Meaning

The name Dustin is a boy's name of Norse origin meaning "brave warrior, or Thor's stone".

Dustin's popularity in recent years has probably had more due to its similarity to Justin than to idolization of Dustin Hoffman -- himself named after silent screen cowboy star Dustin Farnum -- who certainly was the one to put it on the name map. In recent years, golfer Dustin Johnson has brought fresh renown to the name. Dustin is a character in Netflix hit Stranger Things. After decades in the spotlight, Dustin feels like a classic rather than an upstart. It peaked in the Top 50s in the 1980s.

Caveat: Hoffman has confessed that his schooldays nickname was "dustbin" though in today's more tolerant naming atmosphere, Dusty may be the cute nickname.

16 names similar to Dustin

These 16 names were selected by our users that were looking for other names like Dustin. If you didn't find an alternative name that you like better than Dustin, try our name generator. It allows you to go beyond the similarities of a name, which can provide a lot of inspiration!

Find other names based on Dustin using our baby name generator.


Rank in US: #525

- this week

Famous People Named Dustin

Pop Culture References for the name Dustin

Duston, Dustyn, Dusty, Dusten, Dustan


QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Sounds like a vacuum cleaner.

josephinedagnall Says:


I can't quite get my head around this name. It's literally one letter away from 'dustbin' and kids are cruel.

Vault_Boy Says:



indiefendi2 Says:


I'm surprised at how popular it is on the Top 1000 but I thought it was even more popular. I really like the meaning though.

beachbear Says:


I used to absolutely love this name...mostly because of association with attractive male Dustins/Dustys both real and on TV. Now I think of a feather duster. But I do still like the NN Dusty.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I used to like Dustin more than Justin when I was little. But now I like Justin more than Dustin.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I've always had a strange fascination with the name Dustin. When I was younger, I named several characters this. I do like the nickname Dus or Dusty.