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Unique Girl Names Starting With D

Unique Girl Names Starting With D

Unique D names for girls we recommend range from the French Delphine to the sassy Dot to the Biblical Dinah.

Along with Delphine and Dinah, unique vintage girl names starting with D include sophisticated Dorothea, strong Damaris and sweet Dulcie.

Or for even more unique international D names for girls, try the intriguing Demelza, Doveva or Dagny.

All of the distinctive D names in the list below rank below the US Top 1000, so it's a great place to start if you're looking for a truly uncommon D-starting girl name.

Find all of our unique D names for girls here.

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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.

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.

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!

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.
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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.

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.

DawnHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

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

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 exotic sensuality, a role since taken over by nicknames Lola and Lolita.

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.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

DeltaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, fourth letter of Greek alphabet
  • Description:

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

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.

DaliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew or Swahili
  • Meaning:

    "branch or gentle"
  • Description:

    Similar in sound to the flower name Dahlia, this gentle but distinctive name, heard in many cultures, hits that Golden Mean between too popular and too unusual.

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.

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.
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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.

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.

DevonHeart

  • Origin:

    English place-name
  • Description:

    This spelling of Devon, as opposed to Devin or Devan, makes it a pretty and popular British place-name, evoking the beautiful county of farmlands and dramatic seascapes and moors in southwest England. A stylish ambi-gender name particularly well used in the early nineties, Devon remains an attractive option--though be aware that at this point in time, it is used more frequently for boys.

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 Frenchified, sensual names, that has now become completely tamed and assimilated. It has been in the US Top 1000 since 1954, though it's in danger of falling off.
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DemelzaHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "fort on the hill"
  • Description:

    Complex and challenging modern Cornish name derived from a place name. The given name began to be used in the U.K. in the 1950s via the serialization on British TV of the Poldark novels of Winston Graham, whose heroine was named Demelza.

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.

DuaHeart

  • Origin:

    Albanian
  • Meaning:

    "love"
  • 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.

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.

DonnaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "lady"
  • Description:

    Literally meaning "lady" in Italian, Donna was the perfect ladylike housewife mom name on The Donna Reed Show in the fifties and sixties. And there were plenty of namesakes: Donna was in the Top 10 in 1964. These days we'd be more likely to associate it with the emanciatpated clothes of Donna Karen than as a baby name.
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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.

DelythHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "pretty and blessed"
  • Description:

    If you like soft, lispy Welsh names like Gwyneth, consider this out-of-the-ordinary one.

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.

DecimaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "tenth"
  • Description:

    In the days of huge families, this name of the Roman goddess of prophecy and childbirth, and one of the Fates, would be saved for bambina number ten. Now it might be used for a girl born in October, the tenth month.

DaenerysHeart

  • Origin:

    Literary name
  • Description:

    Daenerys is yet another girls' name invented by "Game of Thrones" author George R. R. Martin that is beginning to gain some traction in real life. Daenerys was used for 67 baby girls in 2013 while one of the character's titles, Khaleesi, was given to 241 baby girls. And the name Arya, also from the hyper-popular series, is one of the fastest growing girls' names in the country.
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DemetriaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, alternate form of Demeter, goddess of fertility
  • Description:

    Demetria is a dramatic ancient Greek earth goddess possibility with the star-studded nickname Demi. Young actress/singer/songwriter Demi Lovato was born Demetria, but contrary to common hearsay, Demi Moore was born Demi.

    An even more unusual cousin name is the Cornish Demelza, made somewhat familiar via the TV series Poldark.

DanaeHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, meaning unknown
  • Description:

    An intriguing mythological name whose one challenge might be pronunciation questions.

DebbieHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Deborah or Debra
  • Meaning:

    "bee"
  • Description:

    The quintessential friendly fifties name, nearly epidemic in its day. Now many grownup Debbies have reverted to the full and lovely form of their name, which modern parents often avoid because of the name Debbie ringing too loudly in their ears.

DotHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Dorothy
  • Description:

    Old-fangled nickname could make dot.com era short form or middle name.

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.
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DominiqueHeart

  • Origin:

    French, feminine variation of Dominic
  • Meaning:

    "belonging to a lord"
  • Description:

    Had a surge of popularity in the Dynasty days, now has subsided in the wake of fresher French choices like Destry and Delphine, though it retains its sense of sophistication. It's one of the most truly gender-neutral baby names right now.

DaffodilHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name, from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "asphodel"
  • Description:

    Yes, though it seems so extreme, girls were actually sometimes given this name a century ago; now it is so uncommon it would make a strong springtime statement. Biggest obstacle: the nickname Daffy.

DespinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "lady"
  • Description:

    Despina is best known as the clever and wily maidservant character in Mozart's opera "Cosi fan Tutte". It is a name of Greek origin, related to the Despiona, who in Greek mythology was the daughter of Demeter and Poseidon. In its native Greece, Despina is pronounced with the emphasis on the first syllable -- DESS-pi-na -- but in Italy, Portugal, and other countries where the name is often found, it's usually pronounced dess-PEE-nah.

DaryaHeart

  • Origin:

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

    "kingly or the sea"
  • Description:

    The exotic 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".

DamarisHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "dominant woman"
  • Description:

    In the New Testament, Damaris was an Athenian woman converted to Christianity by St. Paul. Known for her charitable work, her name was a favorite among the Puritans. Having slid off the bottom of the Top 1000 in 2012, Damaris might be deserving of more attention by parents in search of a New Testament name that is unusual but accessible, especially since girls' names ending in 's' are coming back into fashion.
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DashaHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian, diminutive of Dariya or Darya
  • Description:

    Nice, energetic -- dare we say dashing. -- quality.

DemeterHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek mythological name
  • Meaning:

    "earth mother"
  • Description:

    Demeter, the Greek goddess of grain, agriculture, and the harvest, growth and nourishment, was Zeus's sister and Persephone's mother. Variation Demetria is the full name of actress Demi Moore. Though familiar, Demeter is not one of the Greek goddess namesthat's finding widespread modern favor.

DiabloHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "devil"
  • Description:

    Diablo Cody, self-named (she's really Brook Busey) screenwriter of Juno, singlehandedly helped popularize not just her heroine's name and her own but all o-ending names for girls. You don't need us to tell you that it takes a brave parent, in every way, to name a baby Diablo. Diablo is one of the Spanish baby names that diverges furthest from the well-paved camino.

DebraHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Deborah
  • Meaning:

    "bee"
  • Description:

    When Deborah seemed too formal in the laid-back sixties, Debra stepped in as a pared-down alternative, but the pendulum is about to swing back.

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.
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