Meaning and name origin
Darius \d(a)-rius\ as a boy's 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.
Darius is a somewhat popular first name for males (#606 out of 1220, Top 50%) and also a somewhat popular surname or last name for all people (#44143 out of 88799, Top 50%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Darius for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Darius and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Darius (#473), Darian (#793), Dario (#971), Darion and Darrius. (2014 statistics).