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Boy Name: Darius

Name: Darius
Pronunciation: \d(a)-rius\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: maintains possessions well
Origin: Persian
Related Names: Darian, Darion, Jarius
Sounds Like: Darcy, Darcio, Darsy, Darsey, Darcey, Taurus, Terrius, Tyrus, Tris
Variant forms: Darias, Dariess, Dario, Darious, Darrius, Derrius, Derry
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 606
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 44143


Darius \d(a)-rius\ as a boy's 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.

Darius has 7 variant forms: Darias, Dariess, Dario, Darious, Darrius, Derrius and Derry.

For more information, see also related names Darian, Darion and Jarius.

Baby names that sound like Darius are Darcy, Darcio, Darsy, Darsey, Darcey, Taurus, Terrius, Tyrus and Tris.

View a list of the 5 names that reference Darius.


Darius is a somewhat popular first name for men (#606 out of 1220) and also a somewhat popular surname or last name for both men and women (#44143 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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