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Baby boy names beginning with D

Are you searching for baby name ideas for a boy that start with the 4th letter of the alphabet? We’ve got some diverting, distinctive and divine suggestions, along with their origin and meaning

The letter D

Are you making a baby boy name list? Use our round-up of boy names beginning with D for inspiration as well as finding out about their origin and meaning

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1. Dacey

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: southerner

2. Daedalus

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: the Athenian sculptor who invented the axe and saw in Greek mythology

3. Dafiq

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: jubilant

4. Dafydd

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: beloved; the Welsh form of David
  • Also: Dai, Taffy

5. Dag

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: day

6. Daichi

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: earth

7. Dakarai

  • Origin: Zimbabwe
  • Meaning: happiness
  • Also: Daka, Kai, and Rai

8. Dakota

  • Origin: Native American
  • Meaning: allies; can be used as a girl’s name

9. Dale

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: valley

10. Daley

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: a meeting
  • Also: Daly.

11. Dalfon

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: raindrop

12. Dallas

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: a resting place

13. Dalton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: a farm in the valley

14. Damian

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: a tamer

15. Damon

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: a guide

16. Dana

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: a Dane

17. Danby

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: settlement of the Danes
  • Also: Dan

18. Dandie

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: man, warrior; Greek form of Andrew
  • Also: Andrew

19. Daniel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has judged; Daniel was one of the Old Testament prophets
  • Also: Dan, Danny

20. Dar

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: pearl or mother of pearl

21. Darcy

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: a man from Arcy, north-central France
  • Also: D’Arcy

22. Darius

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: protector

23. Darnell

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: hidden corner

24. Darrel

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: open; from Airelle a village in France
  • Also: Darrell, Darell, Darryl and Daryl

25. Darren

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: qak tree

26. Darshan

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: to see

27. David

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: beloved; David is the patron saint of Wales
  • Also: Dave, Davie, Davy, Dafydd (Welsh form), Dai (Welsh form), Taffy (Welsh form)

28. Daven

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: two rivers

29. Davor

  • Origin: Croatia/Serbia
  • Meaning: God of war; exclamation of joy or sorrow; battle song
  • Also: Dovey

30. Davu

  • Origin: Africa
  • Meaning: the beginning

31. Dax

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: a town in south-western France

32. Dean

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: valley

33. Dearborn

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: brook of the deer

34. Declan

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: name of an early Irish saint

35. Dee

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: swarthy
  • Also: Didi, Dede

36. Deepak

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: little lamp
  • Also: Dipak

37. Deinol

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: charming

38. Deion

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: god of wine and revelry

39. Deiondre

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: valley

40. Delbert

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: bright day
  • Also: Del or Dell

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41. Dele

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: Unknown

42. Delmar

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: of the sea

43. Delvin

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: dolphin
  • Also: Delphis

44. Demetrius

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Male version of Demeter, the goddess of agriculture
  • Also: Demitrus, Dimitri, Dmitr

45. Dempsey

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: proud descendent

46. Denis

  • Origin: Greek;
  • Meaning: derived from Dionysos, the Greek god of wine
  • Also: Dennis, Den, Denny

47. Dennison

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: son of Dennis
  • Also: Denison

48. Denton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: valley

49. Denver

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: the crossing of the Danes

50. Denzil

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning: stronghold; derived from a place name in Cornwall
  • Also: Denzel and Denzell

51. Derek

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: ruler of the people
  • Also: Deryk, Deric, Dirk (Dutch form), Derry, Rick, Rickie, Del, Dell

52. Dermot

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: free from envy
  • Also: Diarmaid, Diarmait (Irish forms)

53. Derry

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: oak wood

54. Derwent

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: river flowing through oak woods

55. Desmond

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: person from south Munster
  • Also: Des and Desi

56. Dev

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: God

57. Devdan

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: gift from the gods

58. Devlin

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: brave

59. Devon

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning: county in England

60. Dewayne

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: wagon maker

61. Dhani

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: person of wealth and riches

62. Dhruv

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: pole star

63. Dick

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: dominant ruler; nickname for Richard
  • Also: Dickon

64. Diego

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: supplanter, substitute; the patron saint of Spain; Spanish equivalent of James

65. Dietrich

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: German form of Derek (above)

66. Digby

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: the village by the dyke

67. Diggory

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: strayed or lost, derived from the French word ‘egare’ meaning astray

68. Dikembe

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: unknown

69. Dilip

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: king

70. Dilshad

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: joyful

71. Dino

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: small

72. Dinsmore

  • Origin: Irish Gaelic
  • Meaning: fortified hill

73. Dion

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: from Dionysos, the Greek god of wine

74. Dirk

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: Dutch form of Derek (above)

75. Divyansh

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: part of the divine light

76. Django

  • Origin: Romani
  • Meaning: 'I awake'

77. Dob

  • Origin: Czech
  • Meaning: to do good, derived from 'dobro'

78. Dominic

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: belonging to the Lord
  • Also: Dominick, Dom

79. Donal

  • Origin: Irish/Scottish
  • Meaning: mighty leader; version of Donald

80. Donald

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: mighty leader
  • Also: Don, Donny, Donal (Irish form)

81. Donatus

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: gift from God

82. Doolan

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: defiance; a surname used as a first name
  • Also: Dolan

83. Doran

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: stranger; a surname used as a first name

84. Dorian

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: ancient people from the south of Greece; it was used by Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Also: Dorien, Dorrien

85. Dougal

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: dark stranger
  • Also: Dugal, Dougall, Doug

86. Douglas

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: black stream
  • Also: Doug, Dougie, Duggie

87. Dove

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: the bird often used as a symbol of peace
  • Also: Dufe, Douve

88. Dovey

  • Origins: Hebrew
  • Meaning: to whisper, implying a quiet character
  • Also: Davour

89. Dow

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: black-haired

90. D’Oyley

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: derived from Ouilly, a town in Normandy, France

91. Draco

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: dragon

92. Drake

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: dragon

93. Drew

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: favourite
  • Also: Andrew

94. Driscell

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: intermediary, news bearer

95. Drummond

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: high ground

96. Drury

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: beloved

97. Duane

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: black
  • Also: Dwayne, Dewayne

98. Duante

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: wagon maker

99. Dudley

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: people's field; a town in the West Midlands

100. Duff

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: swarthy

101. Duke see Marmaduke

  • Origin: Latin/English
  • Meaning: leader/
  • Also: Marmaduke

102. Duncan

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: brown

103. Dunn

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: dark complexion

104. Dunstan

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: hill stone

105. Durgesh

  • Origin: Indian
  • Meaning: lord of forts

106. Durward

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: doorkeeper

107. Durwin

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: friend
  • Also: Durwyn

108. Dustin

  • Origin: Norse
  • Meaning: Thor’s stone; brave warrior

109. Dwight

  • Origin: Flemish
  • Meaning: white or blond

110. Dylan

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: son of the sea; the first name of poet Dylan Thomas

About our author Catherine Ball

Catherine Ball is a freelance journalist who specialises in writing about parenting and health. She has been a journalist for 20 years, writing for a wide range of regional and national publications. She is also mum to 4 children between the ages 3 and 12, so has drawn up many, many lists of baby names over the past few years.

Illustration: Emma Winchester

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