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Boy Names Starting With D

Baby boy names starting with the letter D don’t have to be “dad names”. Along with longtime favorites Daniel and David, D names for boys in the US Top 200 include Dylan, Declan, Dawson, Dean, and Diego.

Darragh and Donnacha are D names on Ireland’s Top 100 for boys. Iceland’s top D name for boys is Dagur. And one of the most popular boy names in The Netherlands starts with the letter D: Daan.

D had a good run back in the 1950s and 60s, when D was the third most popular initial for boys thanks to D-starting names David, Donald, Daniel, Dennis and Douglas.

(D was a popular first initial for baby names for girls a half-century ago too, led by the super-popular Debbie with Donna, Diane, and Denise on her heels.)

Unique D names on our recommended list include Dashiell, Deveraux, Dune, and Drummer.

Search through our entire roster of boy names beginning wuth D here. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

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Top Boy Names Starting with D

  • Daniel

    Daniel was derived from the Hebrew name Daniyyel, from the elements din, meaning “judge,” and ’el, “God.” The Book of Daniel in the Old Testament describes the Jewish prophet’s... Read More 

  • David

    David is derived from the Hebrew name Dawid, which evolved from the element dod, meaning “beloved.” It is the name of the Old Testament second king of Israel who, as a boy, slew the giant... Read More 

  • Dylan

    Dylan was derived of the Welsh components dy and llanw, meaning “sea.” In Welsh mythology, Dylan was a legendary sea god who prompted all the waters of Britain and Ireland to... Read More 

  • Dominic

    Dominic comes from the Latin name Dominicus and is common in the Roman-Catholic community. In the past it has been given to boys born on Sunday—the word “Sunday” in languages including Spanish and... Read More 

  • Declan

    Declan is the Anglicized form of the Irish name Deaglán. St. Declan was one of the first missionaries to bring Christianity to Ireland, preceding St. Patrick. Originally from Wales, he founded the... Read More 

  • Damian

    Damian has sidestepped its demonic horror movie overtones, leaving a basically friendly and charming Irish image. A well-used upper-class name in England, it is growing in popularity here. ... Read More 

  • Diego

    The energetic Diego is rising rapidly along with a lot of other authentically Spanish baby names that work perfectly well with... Read More 

  • Dean

    Dean may sound to some like a retro surfer boy name, but it is once again climbing up the popularity chart in the USA. For decades it was associated with Dean (born Dino) Martin; more recent... Read More 

  • Dawson

    Dawson was scarcely heard as a first name before the debut of Dawson's Creek in 1998, at which point it leaped up more than 550 places in one year. The character Dawson Leery, played by... Read More 

  • Daxton

    More and more parents are turning to this name as a route to the cool nickname Dax.Read More