Baby Names: Names Starting with D


DORSET: Old English for "tribe near the sea." Relative: Dorsey. Namesake: Tommy Dorsey.

DOUGLAS: Old English for "dark water." Very handsome; should be used more often. Relatives: Douglass, Doug, Dougie, Dugan, Dougal, Dugald. Namesakes: Douglas MacArthur, Douglas Fairbanks, Michael Douglas.

DOVER: Old English for "water." Namesakes: Dover sole, White Cliffs of Dover.

DOYLE: Old English for "dark stranger." Relative: Doyl. Namesakes: Doyle Alexander, Arthur Conan Doyle, William Doyle.

DRAKE: From the Latin for "dragon" and Old German for "mail duck." Namesakes: Sir Francis Drake, "Paul Drake."

DREW: A nickname for Andrew that now stands on its own. Namesakes: Drew Barrymore, Drew Pearson, "Nancy Drew."

DUANE: Old English for "dark." Relatives: Dwayne, Dwane, Dwain, Dwaine, Duwayne. Namesakes: Duane McClain, Duane Eddy.

DUDLEY: Old English for "people's meadow." A real sink-or-swim name, since the child will invariably be called "dud." Relatives: Dud, Duddy, Dudly. Namesakes: Dudley Moore, "Dudley Do-Right," "Duddy Kravitz."

DUKE: From the Latin for "leader." Also pet name for Marmaduke. Namesakes: Duke Ellington, Duke of Earl, Duke Snyder.

DULCIE: Latin for "sweet." Don Quixote's lady love. Relatives: Dulcinea, Dulce, Dulsie. Namesake: "Dulcinea del Toboso."

DUNCAN: Old English for "dark warrior." A great name, big with Scottish kings. Relatifes: Dunc, Dun. Namesakes: Duncan Phyfe, Duncan Hines, Dunkin' Donuts.

DURAND: Latin for "enduring." Relatives: Durandt, Durante, Durant, Duran. Namesakes: Duran Duran, William Durant, Jimmy Durante.

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