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100+ Dreamy Boy Names that Start with D

Apr 22, 2022

100+ Dreamy Boy Names that Start with D

AHEAD: The ultimate list of D names for boys—plus their meanings and popularity.

If you’re looking for a cool boys’ name starting with the letter D, you’re in the right place!

Below, I’ve rounded up every single D name that’s even the slightest bit modern and cool.

For each name, you’ll find its meaning and current popularity—which will hopefully help you narrow down your list of favorites.

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As you’ll see, there are plenty of great choices. Not only are there 60 “D” names ranking in the top 1000, but there are a whole bunch of others that are more rare (without being too out there).

Feel free to use the Table of Contents to jump to a specific style, or keep on scrolling and view all of these cool boys’ names starting with the letter D.

Related: Girl Names Beginning with D

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Short “D” names

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These baby boy names starting with D are just 3 to 5 letters long!

Dane

  • Name meaning: God is my judge. Person from Denmark.
  • Popularity: #835

Dash

  • Name meaning: To move quickly.
  • Popularity: #802

Dex

  • Name meaning: Short for Dexter, meaning skillful or right-handed.
  • Popularity: This one-syllable boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Dodge

  • Name meaning: Short for Rodger, meaning famous warrior.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Draco

  • Name meaning: A constellation meaning ‘dragon’.
  • Popularity: This boys’ outer space name isn’t ranking.

Drago

  • Name meaning: Precious or dear one.
  • Popularity: This D name isn’t ranking.

Drake

  • Name meaning: Dragon. Also a male duck.
  • Popularity: #533

Duke

  • Name meaning: Leader. English nobility.
  • Popularity: #637

Dutch

  • Name meaning: From the Netherlands.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

If you like these mini boy names that start with D you’ll also like this list of short names.

Familiar “D” names

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These D names for boys have been around for a while and have a timeless feel.

Daniel or Danny

  • Name meaning: God is my judge.
  • Popularity: Daniel ranks #14 and Danny is #567.

David

  • Name meaning: Beloved.
  • Popularity: #28

Davis

  • Name meaning: Beloved.
  • Popularity: #554

Dennis

  • Name meaning: Follower of the Greek god, Dionysius.
  • Popularity: #646

Derek or Derrick

  • Name meaning: From Theodoric, meaning ruler of the people.
  • Popularity: Derek ranks #311 and Derrick is #552. Derick last ranked in 2012. Deric and Derrek aren’t ranking.

Dominic or Dominick or Dominik

  • Name meaning: Belonging to God.
  • Popularity: Dominic ranks #88, Dominick is #446, and Dominik is #941.

Douglas

  • Name meaning: Dark stream. A Douglas fir is a type of pine tree.
  • Popularity: #735

Dustin

  • Name meaning: Thor’s stone.
  • Popularity: #656

If you like these familiar boy names that start with D you might also like this list of names for rainbow babies.

Gender neutral “D” names

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All of these names starting with D would work for a boy or a girl!

Dakota

  • Name meaning: Friend or ally. North and South Dakota are midwestern states.
  • Popularity: This D name ranks #348 for boys and #261 for girls.

Dale

  • Name meaning: Valley.
  • Popularity: This name is isn’t ranking for either gender.

Dallas

  • Name meaning: Skilled. A city in northern Texas.
  • Popularity: This southern name ranks #271 for boys and #630 for girls.

Dalton

  • Name meaning: Settlement in the valley.
  • Popularity: This name ranks #467 for boys and isn’t ranking for girls.

Darcy

  • Name meaning: Dark one.
  • Popularity: This name isn’t ranking for either gender.

Denver

  • Name meaning: Place in Colorado meaning green valley.
  • Popularity: This name ranks #527 for boys and #894 for girls.

Devin or Devon

  • Name meaning: Fawn. Poet. Divine. County in South West England.
  • Popularity: Devin ranks #384 and Devon is #672. Devon hasn’t ranked for girls since 2005.

Drew

  • Name meaning: Strong and manly.
  • Popularity: This name ranks #530 for boys and #944 for girls.

Dylan or Dillon or Dilan

  • Name meaning: Son of the sea.
  • Popularity: Dylan ranks #43, Dillon ranks #667, and Dilan is #848. Dylan ranks #496 for girls.

If you like these gender neutral names that start with D you’ll also like this list of nonbinary names and these hippie names.

Unique “D” names

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These boys’ names starting with D are both cool and unusual. They’re perfect if you want something a little edgy but not too far out there.

Dallin or Dallen

  • Name meaning: From the valley.
  • Popularity: Dallin last ranked in 2005. Dallen isn’t ranking.

Darian or Darien or Darion

  • Name meaning: Posessing goodness. Rich and kingly.
  • Popularity: Darian ranks #832. Darien last ranked in 2014 and Darion last ranked in 2008.

Darren

  • Name meaning: Little great one.
  • Popularity: #723

Darrow

  • Name meaning: Spear.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Darwin

  • Name meaning: Dear friend. (Charles Darwin came up with theory of evolution by natural selection).
  • Popularity: #901

Dashiell or Dashell or Dashel

  • Name meaning: Meaning unknown.
  • Popularity: None of these spellings are ranking.

Daxon or Daxson

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Daxter

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Dayton

  • Name meaning: A city in western Ohio.
  • Popularity: #973

Deacon

  • Name meaning: Messenger. Helper. A member of the Christian ministry.
  • Popularity: #515

Denton

  • Name meaning: Village in a valley.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Diesel or Diezel

  • Name meaning: Fuel.
  • Popularity: Neither spelling of this boys’ name is ranking.

Dixon

  • Name meaning: Son of Richard.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Dorian

  • Name meaning: Several possible meanings: From Dorus, a legendary Greek hero. From Doris, a district of Ancient Greece. Child of the sea.
  • Popularity: #511

Draper

  • Name meaning: A person who sells cloth.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Dublin

  • Name meaning: The capital of Ireland.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Duncan

  • Name meaning: Dark warrior.
  • Popularity: #978

If you like these unique boy names that start with D you may also like this list of edgy names.

Rare “D” names

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For a D boys’ name that’s off the beaten path, consider one of these rare choices.

Dakari

  • Name meaning: Happiness.
  • Popularity: #665

Damari

  • Name meaning: Might mean eternal or gentle.
  • Popularity: #882

Damir

  • Name meaning: Give peace or iron.
  • Popularity: #948

Dangelo or Deangelo

  • Name meaning: From the angel.
  • Popularity: Dangelo ranks #949 and Deangelo last ranked in 2018.

Dariel

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: #608

Dario

  • Name meaning: Italian version of Darius, meaning possessing goodness or rich and kingly.
  • Popularity: #822

Darius

  • Name meaning: Possessing goodness. Rich and kingly.
  • Popularity: #591

Darnell

  • Name meaning: Hidden spot.
  • Popularity: This name last ranked in 2012.

Darrell or Darryl

  • Name meaning: Dear one or beloved.
  • Popularity: Darrell last ranked in 2017 and Darryl last ranked in 2012.

Davion or Davian

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: Davion ranks #943 and Davian is #981.

Dayden

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Daymond or Damond

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: Neither spelling of this name is ranking.

Deandre

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: #766

Decker

Demetrius

  • Name meaning: Devoted to the Greek goddess Demeter.
  • Popularity: #856

Denzel

  • Name meaning: Might mean tall fortress.
  • Popularity: This name last ranked in 2013.

Dewey

  • Name meaning: Beloved.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Diaz

  • Name meaning: Days.
  • Popularity: This D name isn’t ranking.

Dion

  • Name meaning: A king in Greek mythology.
  • Popularity: #951

Dimitri

  • Name meaning: Devoted to the Greek goddess Demeter.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Domenico

  • Name meaning: Of the Lord.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Domingo

  • Name meaning: Born on Sunday.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Donatello

  • Name meaning: To give.
  • Popularity: This D name isn’t ranking.

Donato

  • Name meaning: God given.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Donnell

  • Name meaning: Great chief.
  • Popularity: This name hasn’t ranked since 2001.

Donnie

  • Name meaning: Great chief.
  • Popularity: This name last ranked in 2000.

Dorado

  • Name meaning: A constellation meaning ‘Swordfish’. Also means golden.
  • Popularity: This boys’ space name isn’t ranking.

Doyle

  • Name meaning: Dark-haired stranger.
  • Popularity: This Irish boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Dresden

  • Name meaning: People of the forest. One of the largest cities in Germany.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Duran

  • Name meaning: Enduring.
  • Popularity: This boys’ name isn’t ranking.

Durant

If you like these rare boy names that start with D you may also like this list of three-syllable names.

“D” names that are past their prime

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IMHO, even though they’re ranking in the top 1000, the following names have seen better days.

Dexter

  • Name meaning: Skillful. Right-handed. (This is one of my all-time favorite shows… but the name will forever be associated with the main character who is a serial killer).
  • Popularity: #560

Dior

  • Name meaning: Golden. (This name is inextricably linked to the luxury brand).
  • Popularity: This name ranks #868 for boys and #499 for girls.

Donald

  • Name meaning: World ruler. (This name will never be the same for obvious reasons).
  • Popularity: #610

Have you found the perfect name?

Final thoughts on “D” names for boys

Hopefully, you’ve found a few lead contenders on this list, or at least come away with some baby name inspiration.

Whether you prefer a name that’s popular, short, familiar, gender neutral, unique, or rare, all of these D boy names are amazing choices.

Congratulations and good luck choosing the perfect name for your son!

Boy Names that Start with D