What does Darius mean?
Darius /dar-ius/ [3 sylls.] 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.
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 popularity 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 1000 Baby Names Records, 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 boy names was at its peak in the year 1994 (usage of 0.5158%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.1526%, 70.4% less), with the forms Darian, Dario, Darion and Darrius becoming less fashionable. Darius (#473) is the most fashionable boy name among these. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Darius and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)