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What does Darius mean?

Darius \d(a)-rius\ 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.


Variations

Darius has 7 variants: Darias, Dariess, Dario, Darious, Darrius, Derrius and Derry.

For more on this name, see also related boy names Darian, Darion and Jarius.

Darius has 2 feminine forms: Daria and Darice.


Popularity

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)

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

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

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%, down 70.4%), 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)

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

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


Similar Names

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

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