Baby Names: Names Starting with D

 

DAVID: From the Hebrew for "beloved." On everyone's favorite name list. Relatives: Davida, Davina, Davita, Dave, Davey, Davy, Davie, Davi, Davyd, Davis, Davidson, Dawes, Dawson, Dewi, Dewey, Devlin, Dabney. Namesakes: King David, David Letterman, David Bowie, Davy Johnson, Davy Jones.

DAWN: From the Scandinavian for "dawn." Peaked in the seventies, but continues to be popular. Namesakes: Dawn Steel, Dawn Adams, "Delta Dawn."

DAYTON: Old English for "bright town." Give this one a chance. Relatives: Day, Daiton. Namesakes: Doris Day, Dayton (Ohio).

DEACON: From the Greek for "messenger." Relative: Declan. Namesake: Deacon Jones.

DEAN: Old English for "valley." A popular name among U.S. secretaries of state. Relatives: Deane, Deanna, Deana, Deanne, Deena. Namesakes: Dean Acheson, Dean Rusk, Deanna Durbin, John Dean.

DEBORAH: Hebrew for "bee." A solid biblical name, but usage has fallen off somewhat. Relatives: Debra, Debrah, Debbie, Debby, Deb, Debo, Devora, Devorah. Namesakes: Deborah Kerr, Debbie Allen, Debra Winger.

DOE: A nickname for almost any "D" name that now stands on its own. Relatives: Dee Dee, Didi. Namesakes: Dee Wallace, Dee Brown, Ruby Dee.

DELIA: From the Greek place name "Delos" and a pet form of Bedelia. Very pretty. Namesake: Delia Ephron.

DELILAH: From the Hebrew for "amorous." Very melodic, but it carries a lot of baggage. Relatives: Delila, Lila, Lilah. Namesake: Samson and Delilah.

DELLA: Pet form of Adella. Relatives: Dell, Adella, Adela. Namesakes: Della Reese, Adella Rogers St. Johns.

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