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Meaning and Name Origin

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 on this name, see also the related boy name Dewitt.


Dwight has 7 different forms via Dionysius: Dion, Dionio, Dionisio, Dioniso, Dionysios, Dionysos and Dionysus.


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 (#15206 out of 88799, Top 17%). (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)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Dwight and associated names. Popular variation forms of Dwight listed in the Top 1000 are Dionisio, Dion and Dewitt. Usage of these boy names reached its apex during 1890-1899 and has become much lower since, with the forms Dwight, Dion and Dewitt becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dewitt, Dion, Dionisio, Dwight in U.S.

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