What does Darius mean?
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.
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)
Presented below is the baby name statistics of Darius for boys. Darius was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its peak position of #152 in the U.S. in 1991, and is currently at #473. (Top Baby Names, 2014)
Darian (#793 the previous year), Dario (#971), Darion and Darrius are the prominent related forms of Darius (#473 the previous year). Usage of these relations of Darius was more pronounced among parents in the year 1994 (adoption of 0.516%) and is somewhat less today (adoption 0.153%, 70% less). Darius is a constant favorite, while forms such as Darian are now less popular.
Thinking of names?
Recommended similar baby 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.