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What does Darius mean?

Darius Pronunciation of Darius 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, ancient (old), great, conquest (victory)


VARIANTS Darias, Dariess, Dario, Darious, Darrius, Derrius, Derry

SEE ALSO Darian, Darion, Jarius




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How popular is Darius?

Darius is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#606 out of 1220, Top 50%) and an even more prominent surname for all people (#36917 out of 150436, Top 25%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Darius reached its peak position of #152 in the U.S. in 1991, and is currently at #509. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Darius name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Darian (#833 THE PREVIOUS YEAR), Dario (#830), Darion (#1933), Darious, Darrius, Derrius, Derry and Jarius are the prominent related forms of Darius (#509). Adoption of these relations of Darius was more pronounced among parents in the year 1994 (ADOPTION OF 0.2%) and has become much reduced since (ADOPTION 0.06%, 68% LESS). Darius is a constant favorite, though Dario has become trendy as well, while forms such as Darion are now less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Darius, Darian, Dario, Darion, Darious in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Darrius, Derrius, Derry, Jarius in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Arius, Baris, Caius, Dacius, Damarius, Darach, Darcey, Darcio, Darcy, Darek, Daric, Darick, Dariel, Darien, Darin, Darko, Darrick, Darriq, Darsey, Darsy, Davies, Davis, Daviss, Delius, Deric, Derick, Derik, Deriq, Fabius, Faris, Gaius, Jaris, Marcus, Marinus, Marius, Markus, Paris and Sirius. These names tend to be less commonly used than Darius.