Baby Names: Names Starting with D

 

DELMORE: Latin for "sea." Del is a nice nickname. Relatives: Delmar, Delmer. Namesake: Delmore Schwartz.

DEMELZA: Old English for "fort on a hill." A romantic Cornish name and one for "Poldark" fans. Relatives: Demie, Demi. Namesake: Demi Moore.

DEMETRIUS: Greek for "lover of the earth." Handsome; used regularly among those of Greek ancestry. Relatives: Demitiri, Dimitri, Dimitry, Dimity.

DENHOLM: Scandinavian for "home of the Danes." Relatives: Denholme, Denby, Denim. Namesakes: Denholm Elliot, Denby china.

DENISE: Feminine of Dennis. Creative spelling opoortunities abound. Relatives: Deniece, Deniese, Denice, Denyse, Denyce, Deneise, Dennice. Namesakes: Denise Williams, Denise Darcel.

DENNIS: From the Greek god Dionysus. Out of fashion, but why not try it for a girl. Relatives: Denis, Dennys, Dennison, Denniston, Denzel, Denzil, Denzell, Denit, Dennit, Dion, Denny, Tennis, Tennyson. Namesakes: Dennis Hopper, Dennis Quaid, Denzel Washington, "Dennis the Menace."

DEREK: Old German for "ruler." Never as popular here as in Britain. Relatives: Derik, Dirk, Derick, Derrick, Derrik, Derych, Derry. Namesakes: Derek Jacobi, Dirk Bogarde, Bo Derek.

DERMOT: Irish for "free of envy." Underused. Relative: Kermit

DESDEMONA: From the Greek for "misery." The wife of Othello, falsely accused of adultery and then murdered by him.

DESIREE: From the Latin for "crave" and French for "desire." Relatives: Desi, Desiderio. Namesakes: "Desiree Armfeldt," Desi Arnaz.

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