Meaning and Name Origin
Demetrius \d(e)-met-rius, dem(e)-trius\ as a boys' name is pronounced de-MEE-tree-us. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Demetrius is "follower of Demeter". Mythology: Demeter is the Greek goddess of corn and harvest. Her withdrawal for the part of the year that her daughter Persephone must spend with the god of the underworld is the reason for winter. Saint Demetrius (fourth century), together with Saint George, was patron saint of the Crusaders. Composer Dimitri Shostakovich.
Demetrius▼ has 19 variants: Dametrius, Demetri▼, Demetrice, Demetrio, Demetris, Demitri, Demitrios, Demitrius, Dhimitrios, Dimetre, Dimetrius, Dimitri▼, Dimitrios, Dimitrios, Dimitrious, Dimitry, Dmitri, Dmitrios and Dmitry.
Demetrius▼ has 1 more related form via Dimitri: Dima.
Demetrius is a very prominent first name for men (#527 out of 1220, Top 43%) but an unusual last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Demetrius for boys. Demetrius entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its apex rank of #259 in the U.S. in the year 1991, and is at #692 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Demetrius and related names. Popular related forms of Demetrius (#692 the previous year) are Dimitri (#882 the previous year), Demetris and Demetri. Usage of these boy names reached its apex in 1992 and has become significantly less since, with the versions Demetrius, Demetri and Dimitri becoming less fashionable. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)