What does Dwight mean?
Dwight \dwi(g)-ht\ as a boys' 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 men (#257 out of 1220, Top 21%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#13707 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Dwight for boys. Dwight reached its peak rank of #152 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Dwight and associated names. Dionisio, Dion and Dewitt are the popular variation forms of Dwight listed in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names reached its apex during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.3373%) and has become much lower since, with the forms Dewitt, Dion and Dwight becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)