Meaning and name origin
Dwight \dwi(g)-ht\ as a boy's name is pronounced Rhymes with light. It is of Flemish origin, and the meaning of Dwight is "white or blond". Variant of DeWitt. May possibly be a short form of the surname derived from Dionysius. Given fame in America by two Yale University presidents, and by President Dwight David Eisenhower. Baseball celebrity Dwight Gooden.
For more information, see also the related boy name Dewitt.
Dwight is a very popular first name for males (#257 out of 1220, Top 21%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#15206 out of 88799, Top 17%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Dwight for boys. Dwight reached its highest rank of #152 in the U.S. in 1950-1959. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Dwight and related names. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Dwight and Dewitt. (2014 statistics).