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Darius 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 names Darian, Darion and Jarius. Baby names that sound like Darius are Darrius, Darious and Darias.
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Popularity of Darius
Darius is a somewhat popular first name for men (#606 out of 1220) and also a somewhat popular surname or last name for all people (#44143 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).
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