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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 has 7 variant forms: Darias, Dariess, Dario, Darious, Darrius, Derrius and Derry.

For more information, see also related boy names Darian, Darion and Jarius.

There are 2 feminine forms of Darius: Daria and Darice.


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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Darius name in U.S.

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

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Darius, Darian, Dario, Darion, Darrius in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Dacius, Daric, Darick and Marius. These names tend to be less commonly used than Darius.