Darian, Dariana

DarianOrigin: various
(Eng. DARE-ee-en; Slov/Bul. DAR-yahn)

Darian is of several different origins and meanings.

The most solid source is that is an Eastern Slavic form of Darij (Darius) or based on the Slavic element, dar (gift).

Its use in the English-speaking world is far more convoluted.

Many sources believe this name is just an elaborate form of Darren, which itself is a name of uncertain origins. Sources indicate this name has been in use since at least the 16th-century in England. Variations that appear in 16th-century records include Darens and Doran in Cornwall. The latter may be from the Cornish element, dor (ground, earth), however, it is unknown if Darian is linked with Doran. The earliest use of Darian as a given name is from Spain (circ. 1572).

Darin appears a few times in 16th-century German and Swiss records. Darin is a another South Slavic name that shares the same element as Darian, but it is doubtful that this is the same source that appears in German and Swiss records. In what is now Croatia, Darian appears in records as early as the 17th-century.

Its feminine form of Dariana is used in all South Slavic countries and Romania and has also been in occasional use among English-speakers of non-Eastern European roots. Dariana appeared in the U.S. Top 1000 Female Names one time in 2000, ranking in as the 837th most popular female name.

In the U.S., Darian has also been in occasional use as a female name. It even appeared in the U.S. Top 1000 Female Names between 1992 and 2002 and peaked at #313 in 1994. For males, the name has been in the U.S. Top 1000 since 1965. Darian currently ranks in as the 846th most popular male name. It peaked at #358 in 1994.

Another English form of Darian is Darien.

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Daria, Darius

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Persian
Meaning: “riches, he possesses.”
ENG də-RIE-əs, DER-ee-əs, DAR-ee-əs.

The name is derived from the ancient Persian male name Dārayavahush which is composed of the elements dâraya (to possess) and vahu (good). The name was borne by several early Persian kings including Darius the Great. The name also appears in the Old Testament.

As a given name it was never popular in the English-speaking world but a very common one on Continental Europe, especially Eastern Europe due to the fact that it was borne by several Greek saints, both male and female (in the form of Daria).

Currently, Darius is the 341st most popular male name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Daryj Дарый (Belarusian)
  • Darij Дарий (Bulgarian/Ukrainian)
  • Darios (Catalan)
  • Darijo (Croatian)
  • Darius (Czech/English/French/German)
  • Dareius (German)
  • Dareios Δαρείος (Greek)
  • Dárius (Hungarian/Slovakian)
  • Dariush/Daryush  داریوش (Iranian)
  • Dario (Italian/Portuguese)
  • Darijus (Lithuanian)
  • Dariusz (Polish. DAHR-yoosh)
  • Dа́rij Да́рий (Russian)
  • Darío (Spanish) 

A Polish diminutive form is Darek.

Its feminine counterpart of Daria is extremely popular in Eastern Europe, she is currently the 36th most popular female name in Poland (2010).

Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 1 (Belarus, 2010)
  • # 2 (Moscow, Russia, 2010)
  • # 4 (Estonia among Russian-speakers, 2010)
  • # 5 (Ukraine, 2010)
  • # 10 (Romanian, 2010)

It was borne by an early Greek Christian saint and martyr.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Darja (Belarusian/Czech/Estonian/Latvian/Slovene)
  • Dària (Catalan)
  • Tárie Та́рие (Chuvash)
  • Daria Дарья (Croatian/Italian/Macedonian/Polish/Romanian/Russian)
  • Darija Дарія (Croatian/Lithuanian/Serbian/Ukrainian)
  • Darinka (Croatian/Slovene)
  • Tarja (Finnish)
  • Darie (French)
  • Dareia Δαρεια (Greek)
  • Dária (Hungarian)
  • Dariella (Italian)
  • Taira Тайра́ (Mari)
  • Darjana (Slovene)
  • Darjanka (Slovene)
  • Darjenka (Slovene)
  • Daría (Spanish)

Diminutive forms include:

  • Daruška (Czech)
  • Dasia (Polish. DAH-shah)
  • Dasha (Russian/Ukrainian)
  • Darijna  Дарина (Ukrainian)
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