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Baby girl names beginning with D

Looking for baby name ideas for a girl that start with the 4th letter of the alphabet? We’ve got some dazzling and delightful suggestions, along with their origin and meaning

The letter D

Our list of popular baby names beginning with D includes origins and meanings so you can decide whether your newborn could be a Daffodil, Delilah or Dudee

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1. Daffodil

  • Origin: Dutch
  • Meaning: the name of a flower used as a first name
  • Also: Daffy

2. Dagania

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: corn, ceremonial grain

3. Dagmar

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: clear day

4. Dahlia

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Dahl's flower; a flower name used as a first name

5. Daisy

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: the name of a flower, from the Old English dægeseage, meaning day's eye

6. Dakota

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: the name of a Native American nation used as a first name

7. Dale

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: valley

8. Dallas

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: living on a clearing

9. Daley

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: surname used as a first name
  • Also: Daly

10. Damaris

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: the name of an Athenian woman who was converted to Christianity by St Paul

11. Dana

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: a Dane; a surname used as a first name; also used as a boy’s name

12. Danielle

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has judged; Daniel was one of the Old Testament prophets; feminine form of Daniel
  • Also: Daniella, Danette

13. Daphne

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: laurel

14. Darcy

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: a man from Arcy; a surname used as a first name; also used as a boy’s name
  • Also: Darcie, Darcey

15. Daria

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: protector; a feminine form of Darius

16. Darlene

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: little dear one
  • Also: Darleen

17. Darrell

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: formerly a surname derived from the name of a French village, it is now used as a first name; also used as a boy’s name
  • Also: Darrelle, Daryl, Darryl

18. Davina

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: beloved; a feminine form of David; David is the patron saint of Wales
  • Also: Davida, Vida, Vina

19. Dawn

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: the first appearance of light, daybreak.

20. Dayo

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: arrival of joy

21. Deborah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: a bee
  • Also: Debra, Debbie, Debby.

22. Decima

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: tenth

23. Dee

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: swarthy; a nickname for someone whose name begins with the letter D
  • Also: Deedee, Didi

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24. Deepika

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: little lamp

25. Deiondre

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: valley

26. Deirdre

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: possibly, full of sorrow

27. Delia

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: a name given to Artemis, the Greek goddess of the moon.

28. Delilah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: a flirt, the name of the woman who betrayed Samson
  • Also: Dalila, Lila.

29. Della

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: of the nobility

30. Delphine

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: a dolphin

31. Delu

  • Origin: African
  • Meaning: the only girl

32. Demelza

  • Origin: Cornish
  • Meaning: fort on the hill

33. Denise

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: derived from Dionysos, the Greek god of wine; a feminine form of Denis
  • Also: Dionne, Dione

34. Dericia

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: athletic

35. Desdemona

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: misery; the name of the doomed heroine in Shakespeare’s Othello

36. Désirée

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: desired

37. Destiny

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: one's certain future

38. Devnet

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: young deer
  • Also: Dymphna

39. Dhanishta

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: a star

40. Diamond

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: a modern name taken from the precious stone

41. Diana

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: The name of the Roman goddess of the moon
  • Also: Diane, Di, Dianne, Deanna

42. Dido

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: a teacher

43. Dilys

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: genuine

44. Dinah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: lawsuit
  • Also: Dina, Di

45. Dionne

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: a goddess
  • Also: Dione

46. Divya

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: heavenly radiance

47. Diya

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: lamp, radiance

48. Djamila

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning:beautiful
  • Also: Jamila.

49. Dolores

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: a short form of the original meaning Mary of the Sorrows
  • Also: Lola, Lolita

50. Dominique

  • Origin: Latin, French
  • Meaning: Of the Lord
  • Also: Dominica (Spanish form)

51. Donalda

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: mighty leader; a feminine form of Donald
  • Also: Donella

52. Donata

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: given

53. Donna

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: a lady

54. Dor

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: a home
  • Also: Dorothy, Dorrie, Theodora

55. Dorcas

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: a gazelle

56. Doreen

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: gift; maiden with the golden hair
  • Also: Dorothy

57. Dorianne

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: comes from an ancient people from the south of Greece; a feminine form of Dorian
  • Also: Doriana

57. Dorinda

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: bountiful gift
  • Also: Dorothy

59. Doris

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: uncertain but the name was used in Greek mythology

60. Dorothy

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: gift of God
  • Also: Dorothea, Dorinda, Doreen (Irish form) Dorinne, Dorrie, Dolly, Dora, Dot, Dodie and Thea

61. Dorothea

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: gift of god

62. Drusilla

  • Origin: Roman, Greek
  • Meaning: fruitful or dewy-eyed

63. Dudee

  • Origin: English Gypsy
  • Meaning: star, bright light

64. Dulcie

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: sweet, lovely
  • Also: Dulcibella

65. Durah

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: pearl

66. Durga

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: out of reach

67. Dymphna

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: a fawn
  • Also: Devnet

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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