The name is an Italian short form of the now archaic Italian male name Durante meaning “enduring.” It was popularized as an independent given name by the 13th-century Italian poet Dante Alighieri.
Currently, Dante is the 255th most popular male name in the United States, (2010) and the 420th most popular in the Netherlands (2010).
Among Italian-Americans, the name was often anglicized as Danny.
Other forms of the name include:
- Duran (English)
- Durando (Italian)
- Durante (Italian)
- Durantino (Italian)
- Durans (Late Latin)