DANIELLE: Feminine form of Daniel. Hovering in or near the top ten for the past few years. Relatives: Daniella, Daniele, Daniela, Danice, Dania, Danya. Namesake: Danielle Steele
DAPHNE: Greek for "laurel." According to Greek legend, she was the nymph who was changed into a laurel tree to escape the amorous attentions of Apollo. A lovely name. Relative: Daphnis. Namesakes: Daphne du Maurier, Daphnis and Chloë.
DARA: Semitic for "pearl of wisdom." Namesake: Dara Nagel
DARBY: Irish for "free man." Catchy. Darby and Joan are the achetype of the loving couple. Relative: Derby. Namesake: Kentucky Derby
DARCY: Irish for "dark." If it was good enough for Jane Austen, it's good enough for us. Relatives: D'Arcy, Darcie, Darcey, Darci. Namesakes: "Mr. Darcy," Darci Kistler.
DARIUS: Persian for "king." Interesting choice. Relatives: Daria, Darien, Darian. Namesakes: Darius Milhaud, Darine (Conn.)
DARRELL: From Old French for "beloved." Relatives: Darryl, Darryll, Daryl, Daryll, Darlin, Darlen, Darleen, Darlynn, Dare. Namesakes: Darryl Hannah, Darryl Strawberrry, Darrell Evans.
DARREN: Old English for "rocky hill." Relatives: Darrin, Darin, Dare, Dara, Darra, Darryn. Namesakes: Darren McGavin, Deron Johnson, Bobby Darin.
DARTMOUTH: An English port and an Ivy League college. Seldom used as a first name, but it certainly has a classy sound. Namesake: Dartmouth College.
DARWIN: Old English for "beloved friend." Relative: Darwyn. Namesake: Charles Darwin.