Delicious D Names [girls]

  1. Daffodil
    • 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.
  2. Dagny
    • Origin:

      Scandinavian
    • Meaning:

      "new day"
    • Description:

      If you're looking for a name with Scandinavian roots, this would make a stronger and more appealing import than Dagmar. With its meaning of "new day," it could make an ideal choice for a girl born around New Year's.
  3. Dahlia
    • Origin:

      Flower name, from Swedish surname
    • Meaning:

      "Dahl's flower"
    • Description:

      One of the flower names, used occasionally in Britain (where it's pronounced DAY-lee-a). It seems to have recovered from what was perceived as a slightly affected la-di-dah air. The flower was named in honor of the pioneering Swedish botanist Andreas Dahl, which means dale.
  4. Daisy
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Margaret or flower name, English
    • Meaning:

      "day's eye"
    • Description:

      Daisy, fresh, wholesome, and energetic, is one of the flower names that burst back into bloom after a century's hibernation. Originally a nickname for Margaret (the French Marguerite is the word for the flower), Daisy comes from the phrase "day's eye," because it opens its petals at daybreak.
  5. Daphne
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "laurel tree, bay tree"
    • Description:

      In Greek mythology, Daphne was the nymph daughter of Peneus, a river god. Peneus saved Daphne from Apollo’s romantic obsessions by transforming her into a laurel tree. It is from this myth that the plant genus daphne, which contains the laurel species, gets its name.
  6. Darlie
    • Dash
      • Origin:

        Word name
      • Description:

        For a boy, Dash is usually short for Dashiell, but as a girl's name it just stands for energetic--and also the stores run by the Kardashian sisters..
    • Deanna
      • Origin:

        English variation of Diana
      • Meaning:

        "divine"
      • Description:

        Though still being used, Deanna peaked many decades ago.
    • Debra
      • 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.
    • December
      • Origin:

        English word name
      • Meaning:

        "month name"
      • Description:

        Cooler than April, May, or June, but also a tad icy.
    • Delilah
      • Origin:

        Hebrew or Arabic
      • Meaning:

        "delicate"
      • Description:

        Melodic and lively, Delilah has cut itself (mostly) free from its treacherous past to become a contemporary favorite.
    • Delphi
      • 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.
    • Demeter
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • 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.
    • Deva
      • Origin:

        Hindi
      • Meaning:

        "divine, shining one"
      • Description:

        If you don't want your daughter to be a Diva, try this Hindu moon goddess name that was chosen by actress Monica Bellucci for hers.
    • Devorah
      • Origin:

        Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "bee"
      • Description:

        The Biblical name of a great prophet and judge who helped organize an army and effect a major victory over the Canaanites. Sounds much fresher than the Anglicized Deborah.
    • Dexter
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "right-handed, skillful"
      • Description:

        Dexter turned ultracool for a girl when Diane Keaton named her daughter Dexter Dean. Dexter is getting a new style gloss for both genders thanks to (unlikely) baby name role model, television's Dexter the genial serial killer.
    • Dextra
      • Dharma
        • Origin:

          Sanskrit
        • Meaning:

          "truth"
        • Description:

          In Buddhism, Dharma embodies the basic principles of cosmic existence--making it a fitting name for the hippyish character on the sitcom Dharma and Greg, whose middle name was Freedom.
      • Diamanta
        • Origin:

          Greek
        • Meaning:

          "diamond"
        • Description:

          Diamanta is a version of Diamond that is sometimes heard in France, and does soften the hardness of the stone, but lacks authenticity.
      • Diantha
        • Origin:

          Greek
        • Meaning:

          "divine flower"
        • Description:

          Diantha, a mythological flower of the supreme Greek god Zeus, is a melodious and more unusual cousin of Diana, heard most often in The Netherlands.