The letter D is one of the more popular starters for baby boy names. In the United States, 99,128 baby boys born in 2017 received names beginning with the letter D. That represents 5.4% of all the boys born that year!*
Names carry a lot of weight: they can inspire people to achieve great things and emulate namesakes. It can be hard to find the name that's just right for your child. Finding something that fits your child's personality and your hopes for his future is definitely an important task. To make things easier, the following is a list of some great names that start with D to inspire your child.
Daniel is a classic name which means "God is my judge" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, Daniel was a man whose faith in God kept him from being devoured by a den of lions. He then became an adviser to the Babylonian king. According to the Social Security Administration, in 2017, 11,640 baby boys were named Daniel, making it the most popular name beginning with D. Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Boone, and Daniel Day-Lewis are just a few of the many famous men to bear this title.
Of Hebrew origin, the name David means "beloved" or "friend." In the Bible, David was a shepherd boy who slew the Philistine giant Goliath with a single stone thrown from his slingshot. He then grew up to become the king of Israel. With strong Christian and Jewish roots, the name David has remained a popular choice for baby boys for over a century. For example, in 2017, over 10,000 baby boys born in the U.S. were named David. The title has world-wide popularity, being used in the U.S., Ireland, Russia, Italy, Mexico, and dozens of other countries. Famous Davids include David Bowie, David Beckham, and David Copperfield.
Dylan comes from two Welsh words: dy (meaning "great") and llanw (meaning "tide" or "flow"). An alternative meaning is "born near the sea." The name originates from Welsh mythology, where Dylan is a god of the sea whose death caused the oceans to weep. Welsh poet Dylan Thomas made the name popular outside of Wales. When singer/songwriter Robert Zimmerman took the stage name Bob Dylan in honor of the Welsh poet, the name's popularity was cemented in the States.
Dominic derives from the Late Latin name Dominicus, which means "of the Lord." It was a popular name during the Middle Ages, with one of the more famous holders of the title being Saint Dominic, who founded the Dominican order during the 13th century. Due to the saint's popularity among Roman Catholics, Dominic is often given to baby boys born on Sunday, the Lord's Day. The name also has pop culture appeal. One of the leading characters of the film series The Fast and the Furious is Dominic Torreto, played by Vin Diesel.
The English version of the traditional Irish name Deaglán, Declan has gained rapid popularity in the U.S. over the past few years. For example, in 2017, 3,444 baby boys received this title. Declan name comes from two early Gaelic elements, deagh (which means "good") and lán (which means "full"). The full meaning of the name is "full of goodness." It is most commonly associated with Saint Declán of Ardmore, who was one of the first Christian missionaries to Ireland in the 5th century, preceding Saint Patrick.
Damian is the English form of the Greek name Damianos, which means "to tame." The title has been known since ancient times with the most renowned holder being Saint Damian. Along with his twin brother Cosmas, Saint Damian was martyred for his faith around the beginning of the fourth century in what is now Syria. The name Damian likely entered English use during the Middle Ages, via the French version Damien. While the name took a popularity dive after the release of the movie The Omen in 1976, it is now back on top.
In Spanish, Sant Yago or Santiago is derived from Saint James. The two words were blended together and then pulled apart again to form San Diego, with Diego referring to James. In Hebrew, James is a derivative of Jacob, which means "at the heel." This meaning refers to the baby Jacob entering the world holding the heel of his brother Esau. Diego became a popular Spanish name by the early 17th century, spreading throughout Latin America and other Spanish-speaking parts of the world.
Dean is a common English surname that derives from denu in Old English, meaning "valley." In past times, it was common for a son to carry his mother's maiden name as a first name. This may be why Dean became a popular first name throughout much of the English-speaking world. Its popularity became solid in the 1950s and 1960s with James Dean and Rat Pack member Dean Martin. The character Dean Winchester from the TV series Supernatural may be contributing to the name's current popularity.
Dawson is another surname that has become popular for baby boys born in the U.S., with just over 2,000 named this in 2017. The name means "son of Daw," with Daw being a popular Welsh variant of David. Dawson first gained popularity at the beginning of the 20th century, but waned soon after. The character of Dawson Leery, from the TV show Dawson's Creek, helped make the name popular again in the U.S. over the past couple of decades.
Derek is the English version of Diederik, which is a Dutch name. That in turn derives from the Old Germanic Theodoric, which means "people-ruler." It arrived on English shores in the 14th century as Flemish weavers arrived from what is modern-day Belgium. While known in British upper circles for several centuries, Derek's popularity among the rest of the English-speaking world really took off in the mid-20th century. The recent resurgence of popularity in the United States is likely associated with former Yankees shortstop, Derek Jeter.