Meaning and Name Origin
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.
Darius is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#606 out of 1220, Top 50%) and also a somewhat prominent surname for all people (#44143 out of 88799, Top 50%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Darius and related names. Prominent related forms of Darius (#473 the previous year) rated in the Top 1000 are Darian (#793 the previous year), Dario (#971), Darion and Darrius. Usage of these boy names was at its peak in 1994 and has become much lower since, with the forms Darian, Dario, Darion and Darrius becoming less fashionable. Darius (#473) is the most fashionable boy name among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)