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Unique Names Starting With D

DelphineHeart

  • Origin:

    French from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "dolphin"
  • Description:

    Delphine is a sleek, chic French name with two nature associations—the dolphin and the delphinium, a bluebell-like flower, a well as to the ancient city of Delphi, which the Greeks believed to be the womb of the earth. It is definitely a fresher choice than over-the-hill Danielle.

DimitriHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian from Greek Demetrius
  • Meaning:

    "follower of Demeter"
  • Description:

    Dimitri is a Slavic variation of the Russian Dmitriy, a name that comes from the Greek Demetrius. Demetrius was derived from Demeter, the name of the Greek goddess of fertility and farming. Among the possible spelling variations are Dmitri, Dmitrii, Dmitriy, and Dmitry.

DashiellHeart

  • Origin:

    Anglicization of French surname de Chiel, meaning unknown
  • Description:

    Dashiell, though missing from many other name sources, is among the hottest new names, chosen by such celebs as Cate Blanchett and author Helen (Bridget Jones) Fielding. With its great dash and panache, Dashiell is associated with detective writer Dashiell Hammett (born Samuel, as in Sam Spade, Dashiell being his mother's maiden name). Alice Cooper was ahead of the game: He named his son Dashiell in 1985.

DangerHeart

  • Origin:

    American word name
  • Description:

    Prime example of the aggressive word names that are an off-the-grid branch of the new macho names. Makes Cannon, Maverick, and Ranger feel almost soft and sensitive by comparison.

DracoHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "dragon"
  • Description:

    For as long as we all shall live, Harry Potter's sneering nemesis.

DenzelHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "from the high stronghold"
  • Description:

    This old Cornish name took on a whole new identity via Denzel Washington, who has inspired several thousand namesakes. The actor was named after his father, who was named for a Dr. Denzel, who delivered him.

DeliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "born on the island of Delos"
  • Description:

    Delia is a somewhat neglected seductive southern charmer that stands on its own but also might be short for Adelia or Cordelia.

DorotheaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Dorothea is a flowing and romantic Victorian-sounding name which was popular in the early decades of the twentieth century, but has been off the charts since 1970. Definitely on the brink of a revival!

DarcyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish or French
  • Meaning:

    "dark one, or from Arcy, or from the fortress"
  • Description:

    Delicate ballerina name with grace, charm, and heft courtesy of Jane Austen's Mr.

DoveHeart

  • Origin:

    Nature name
  • Meaning:

    "dove, a bird"
  • Description:

    One of the new bird names, like Lark and Wren, this one's associated with the billing and cooing sounds of love. Soft and gentle, Dove also has the admirable association with peace.

DjangoHeart

  • Origin:

    Romani
  • Meaning:

    "I awake"
  • Description:

    Django — the D is silent as most everyone now knows — the nickname of the great Belgian-born jazz guitarist Django (originally Jean Baptiste) Reinhardt, makes a dynamic musical choice for any jazz aficionado. Reinhardt's nickname "Django" is Romani for "I awake." The name has become more familiar with the release of and acclaim for the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained.

DottieHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Dorothy
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Dottie and Dot are old Dorothy nicknames that some cutting-edge Brits are bringing back to fashion. It's been half a century since Dottie ranked on its own in this country, one of those nickname names that flourished in the 1890's.

DanicaHeart

  • Origin:

    Slavic
  • Meaning:

    "Morning Star"
  • Description:

    While Danica may sound similar to Dana, Danielle, and Daniela, Danica is not a variation. Danica, a delicate and unique Slavic name meaning "Morning Star," is synonymous with Venus in many countries. Though it's slipped down the charts a bit since its peak in 2007, we think Danica deserves even more attention given that it is at once feminine without being frilly, and easy to spell without being too common.

DarcyHeart

  • Origin:

    English from French, d'Arcy
  • Meaning:

    " from Arcy"
  • Description:

    Though Darcy is the ultimate Jane Austen hero name, it is rarely used for boys today though it's on the upswing for girls. A shame as it's a handsome, roguish kind of appellation that combines elements of French flair, aristocratic savoir faire, and a soft Irish brogue. And in terms of image, it's one of the quintessential English names for boys.

DollyHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Dorothy
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Hello, Dolly! Okay, we couldn't resist, but be warned: Most people who meet your little Dolly won't be able to either. This nickname-name, rarely heard since whatever decade Dolly Parton was born, is singing a fashionable note again along with sisters Dottie and Dixie; it was chosen for one of their twin girls by Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell.

DixieHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin or French
  • Meaning:

    "I have spoken or tenth"
  • Description:

    A saucy showgirl, wisecracking waitress kind of name, Dixie can also be considered a place name, one that has become problematic because of its association with the antebellum South. The Dixie Chicks recently dropped Dixie from their band name because of its association with slavery and white privilege.

DariaHeart

  • Origin:

    Feminine variation of Darius, Persian or Latin from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "kingly or possess well"
  • Description:

    An early Christian martyr, a bespectacled MTV cartoon heroine, and Canadian supermodel Daria Werbowy: Daria is a name that manages to feel contemporary and usable without being exactly stylish. Which may be a positive, in terms of Daria not being in danger of overpopularity.

DoloresHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "lady of sorrows"
  • Description:

    Though it's related to the Virgin Mary, this name was once perceived as the height of sensuality, a role since taken over by nicknames Lola and Lolita.

DelphiHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek place name
  • Description:

    An interesting unisex possibility, with an air of mystery connected to the Delphic Oracle, the most important oracle in ancient Greece; it was also a major site for the worship of the god Apollo.

DorisHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "gift of the ocean"
  • Description:

    Doris had long been on our so-far-out-it-will-always-be-out-for-babies list, and seemed to be written there in indelible ink. But there are signs of a sea change, that Doris could profit from the revivals of Dorothy and Dorothea.

DawnHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    There are more substantial names with the same golden meaning: Aurora (Latin), Zora (Arabic), and Roxana (Persian).

DulcieHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, diminutive of Dulcibella
  • Meaning:

    "sweet"
  • Description:

    A sweet-meaning and sounding name dating back to the Roman Empire, and later found in the antebellum South, Dulcie has in the modern era been heard most often in Australia.

DigbyHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse
  • Meaning:

    "town by the ditch"
  • Description:

    Digby is a place-name in Lincolnshire turned surname turned quirky first name that is starting to get some attention.

DravenHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Inspired by Brandon Lee's character in The Crow and Cuba Gooding Jr.'s in In the Shadows, this name, with its Wiccan feel, was used by a member of Linkin Park. It has ranked in the US Top 1000 since 1995.

DaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew, Slavic or Irish
  • Meaning:

    "pearl of wisdom; gift; or oak tree"
  • Description:

    Though Dara was an (extremely wise) male figure in the Bible, this name feels mostly feminine to modern Americans. The Irish Gaelic version, Darragh, is well-used in contemporary times for boys.

DinahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "God will judge"
  • Description:

    As the song says, "Dinah, is there anyone finer?" Dinah is a charming, underused Old Testament name, long shunned for its old slave-name stereotype--Dinah was the family cook in Uncle Tom's Cabin--but it has a rich literary and musical resume and would make a vivid, southern-accented name for a contemporary girl.

DuneHeart

  • Origin:

    Nature name
  • Description:

    Sibling of Beach and Ocean.

DoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "gift"
  • Description:

    Dora is poised for a comeback, right behind Laura, Nora, Cora, and Flora. First-time parents who haven't watched cartoons in a couple of decades should be aware of the Dora the Explorer connection, which has its pluses and minuses.

DesdemonaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "ill-starred"
  • Description:

    Desdemona is as Shakespearean as a name can be, but because the beautiful and innocent wife of Othello came to such a tragic end, her name has been avoided for centuries. But at this point in time, there might be some adventurous parents willing to overlook that.

DevHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "god"
  • Description:

    This name has recently come on the radar via rising actor Dev Patel, who made his mark in Slumdog Millionaire and then in Lion and is also the name of the lead character played by Aziz Ansari in his sitcom Master of None. It could catch on here, at a time when parents are importing other three-letter names like Liv.

DarbyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish or Norse, "free from envy, or, from the deer estate"
  • Meaning:

    "free from envy, or, from the deer estate"
  • Description:

    Once a common boys' name in Ireland (e. g. , Darby O'Gill and the Little People), the dynamic Darby now has a definite unisex feel. Actor Paul Rudd has a young daughter named Darby.

DieselHeart

  • Origin:

    German, from a pet form of Mathias
  • Description:

    Diesel, which you can think of as a word name for the fuel or as a German surname that derives from a pet form of Matthew or Mathias, is a new entry to the American name lexicon thanks to celebrities Jennie Finch and Casey Daigle, who chose it for their son, baby brother of Ace. Diesel might also be thought of as one of the neo-macho names, joining such bros as Harley, Ranger, and Breaker.

DeirdreHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "sorrowful"
  • Description:

    Sadly, this strong Celtic name often has "of the sorrows" attached to it because of the tragic character in Irish legend. Also a bit drab when compared with newer Irish imports.

DickHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Richard
  • Meaning:

    "dominant ruler"
  • Description:

    Dick was a once-common short form of Richard; replaced by Rick or Richie, and finally by the full name itself. Rude meaning -- make that two rude meanings -- pretty much knocks this one out of consideration.

DanaHeart

  • Origin:

    English, Slavic, Persian, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "from Denmark, gift, or wise"
  • Description:

    This name found in both Celtic and Scandinavian mythology has gone from all-boy to almost all-girl, retaining a strong, unisex quality. However, it has dropped following its three-decade heyday from the 1960s to the 1990s.

DorcasHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "doe, gazelle"
  • Description:

    Classic name used by the Romans, the Puritans, and the Bard, but pretty much taboo today due to the objectionable connotations of both its front and back ends.

DiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Mbama, Sanskrit, Latin, and Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "love; lamp; heavenly; day"
  • Description:

    A sweet and simple multicultural choice which has several different meanings and origins.

DesireeHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "desired, wished"
  • Description:

    One of the original French names chosen by midcentury parents for their sophistication and je ne sais quoi, Desiree has since become completely assimilated in the US. It ranked in the Top 1000 from 1954-2017, but has since dropped back out.

DrusillaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "fruitful"
  • Description:

    Drusilla is an ancient Roman name, (probably) borne by descendants of Antony and Cleopatra, and is one of the 'illa' names that are ready for a comeback, especially with its cute short form Dru.

DmitriHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian from Greek Demetrius
  • Description:

    Worldly, artistic and attractive Slavic version of the name of the Greek god of fertility and farming.

DuaHeart

  • Origin:

    Albanian, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "love, prayer"
  • Description:

    Dua is one of those names made famous by a single celebrity: British-Albanian model-singer Dua Lipa. It's simple, modern, appealing, and may find a wider audience thanks to its attractive namesake.

DionysiusHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek mythology name
  • Meaning:

    "god of Nysa"
  • Description:

    Dionysius derives from Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, revelry and fertility. This Romanized spelling has been used for poets, soldiers, and saints throughout the centuries, but is hardly ever seen today.

DarraghHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "oak tree"
  • Description:

    Also Anglicized as Dara and also spelled Daire in its native form, Darragh has an undeniably rugged appeal. It's used for both girls and boys in Ireland, but it's very popular in particular for boys.

DeltaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, fourth letter of Greek alphabet
  • Description:

    Southern charm, lazy-day-down-by-the-river feel.

DecemberHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Meaning:

    "month name"
  • Description:

    Cooler than April, May, or June, but also a tad icy.

DianeHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Diana
  • Meaning:

    "divine"
  • Description:

    Like Joanne and Christine, middle-aged Diane has been overshadowed by the a-ending version of her name. Diane has a definite mid-century feel; it was a Top 20 name from 1946 to 1959. Though it has several distinguished bearers, including Dianes Sawyer, Keaton, von Furstenberg, Lane, Arbus, Kruger and Farr, it is rarely used for babies today.

DiyaHeart

  • Origin:

    Mbama, Sanskrit, Hindi and Latin
  • Meaning:

    "love; lamp; heavenly"
  • Description:

    A sweet and simple multicultural choice which has several different meanings and origins.

DaryaHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian or Persian, variation of Daria or feminine form of Darius
  • Meaning:

    "kingly; the sea"
  • Description:

    The beguiling Darya is the name of a character in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. As a Russian name, it's a spelling variation of Daria, while in Iran, it's a girl's name that means "the sea".

DexHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Dexter
  • Meaning:

    "dyer; right-handed"
  • Description:

    Dex, the nickname for Dexter that is sometimes used on its own, has lots of energy and dynamism. It was chosen by comedian Dana Carvey for his now grown son. With the growing popularity of Dexter, we may be seeing more of Dex.

DietrichHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "ruler of the people"
  • Description:

    This form of Theodoric, familiar via Marlene, is a possible German import. It is an Anglicized ancestor of Derek and all its variations. A noted bearer was acclaimed classical German baritone and conductor Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and there have been Dietrichs in Henry James's The Princess Casamassima,/em and more recently on the TV show Psych.
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