Baby Names: Names Starting with D


DESMOND: From the Latin for "society." Relatives: Desi Des. Namesake: Desmond Morris.

DEVON: English place name and Celtic for "poet." This name enjoyed a flurry of use in the seventies, but its popularity has dwindled of late. Pretty. Relative: Devin. Namesakes: Devon White, Devon cream.

DEWEY: From a Welsh variation of David. Nice nickname. Relative: Devin. Namesakes: Thomas Dewey, Dewey Decimal System, "Dewey Duck."

DEXTER: Latin for "right side" and the opposite of "sinister." Namesake: Dexter Gordon.

DIANA: Latin for "divine." The Roman moon goddess; the British princess over whom we moon. Relatives: Diane, Dyan, Dyanne, Dionne, Diahann, Di, Diandra, Diantha. Namesakes: Princess Di, Dyan Cannon, Dionne Warwick, Diana Rigg.

DICKINSON: American variation on a nickname for Richard. Relatives: Dicken, Dickens, Dickenson, Dixon, Dix. Namesakes: Emily Dickinson, Dickinson College.

DIERDRE: Irish for "young girl." Enjoying a modest revival. Relatives: Deirdre, Deirdra, Dierdra.

DIGBY: Old English for "settlement near a ditch." Lowly origins, but upper-crust credentials. Namesake: Digby Diehl

DINAH: From the Hebrew for "judgment." Fine name; give it a chance. Relatives: Dina, Deena, Deanna. Namesakes: Dinah Shore, Dina Merrill.

DIONNE: A variation of Diana. Relatives: Dion, Dione. Namesakes: Dionne Warwick, Dionne quintuplets, Dion and the Belmonts.

DIXIE: A variation of "Dixon" or "Dick's son." Apparently "Dixie-land" got its name as a mutation of "Dixon," as in the Mason-Dixon line. Relatives: Dixon, Dixi. Namesakes: Dixie Carter, Dixie cup.

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