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What does Darius mean?

Darius [dar-ius] as a boys' name is pronounced da-RYE-us, DARE-ee-us. It is of Greek and Persian origin, and the meaning of Darius is "maintains possessions well".

From Dareios, originally a version of the name of various ancient Persian kings. The original form of the name is Darayavahush. Historical: Darius (in Persian, Dariush) the Great assumed the kingship of Babylon after its conquest by Cyrus in fifth century BC. He was a renowned king also known as Darius the Great. Also the name of an obscure saint who was martyred at Nicaea. This name is popular with African-Americans.

Associated with: greek, ancient, great, conquest (victory).


Darius has 7 variants: Darias, Dariess, Dario, Darious, Darrius, Derrius and Derry.

Related boy names: Darian, Darion and Jarius.

Darius has 2 feminine forms: Daria and Darice.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Daius, Daxius, ..

(female) Dariusca, Darque, ..

How popular is Darius?

Darius is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#606 out of 1220, Top 50%) and an even more prominent surname for all people (#36917 out of 150436, Top 25%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name statistics of Darius for boys. Darius reached its peak position of #152 in the U.S. in 1991, and is currently at #473. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Darius name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Darius outside U.S.

Darian (#793 the previous year), Dario (#971), Darion (#1915), Darious, Darrius (#1835), Derrius, Derry and Jarius are the prominent related forms of Darius (#473 the previous year). Adoption of these relations of Darius was more pronounced among parents in the year 1994 (adoption of 0.2%) and has become much reduced since (adoption 0.07%, 66% less). Darius is a constant favorite, though Dario has become trendy as well, while forms such as Darion are now less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Darius, Darian, Dario, Darion, Darious in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Darrius, Derrius, Derry, Jarius in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Darius and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Arius, Baris, Caius, Dacius, Damarius, Darach, Darcey, Darcio, Darcy, Darek, Daric, Darick, Dariel, Darien, Darin, Darko, Darrick, Darriq, Darsey, Darsy, Davies, Davis, Daviss, Delius, Deric, Derick, Derik, Deriq, Fabius, Faris, Gaius, Jaris, Marcus, Marinus, Marius, Markus, Paris and Sirius. These names tend to be less commonly used than Darius.