Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Darian

Given the timing of Darian and Darien’s emergence as a given name (1960s) they are probably derived from Darren (a name which reached his peak popularity in the 1960s, as well. Darren is also a somewhat modern coinage, likely derived from the Irish unisex name Darragh a diminutive of Dara meaning “little oak”. The oak tree was a powerful symbol to the Celtic people; it represented strength, vitality, nobility and wisdom. The ancient Druids (Celtic priests) would eat the acorns for wisdom before prophesying and the tree leaves were believed to contain healing and renewal powers. In fact, the name “druid” may have come from the Celtic word “duir” (oak). The oak tree produces some of the thickest, most useful wood for warmth (fire burning) and shelter (construction). The oak’s nobility comes from its undeniable regal appearance; it was also known to attract lightning which reinforced its powerful symbolism to the Celts. Mostly popular in the United States, Darren also has a history of being used throughout Ireland (north and south) as well as Scotland. Alternately, Darian and Darien could have also been coined from Darius from a Greek transliteration of a Persian name meaning “possessor of good”. In either case, Darian and Darien have only been used with any regularity since the 1960s and mainly in the United States.

All About the Baby Name – Darian

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME DARIAN

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME DARIAN

Darian first appeared on the American male naming charts in 1965 (the same year that Darren was ranked #52 in the country). So we mostly believe that Darian was coined from Darren, a fancier version with a little more flair. African-Americans may have been the first to bring this three-syllable version of Darren into the mainstream. Darian has never done remarkably well on the U.S. charts – his best position ever was #357 on the Top 1000 in 1994. Today the name is declining in usage (but then again, so has Darren and Darius). These “Dar-“ names aren’t doing as well as they once have (e.g., Darryl, Darren, Darnell, Darius). Many parents consider them too 20th century. Regardless if he fits into today’s ϋber-trendy naming styles, most people would agree that Darian is a nice sounding name and perfectly agreeable for any baby boy. Some parents also opt for Darian for girl’s, too.

Quick Facts

ON DARIAN

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

775

PRONUNCIATION:

DAR-ee-ən

SIMPLE MEANING:

Little oak; or Possessor of good

Characteristics

OF DARIAN

Inspirational

Highly Intuitive

Spiritual Teacher

Extremely Bright

Uplifting

Truth-seeker

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Darian

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME DARIAN

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Darian

Popular Songs

ON DARIAN

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Darian


Famous People

NAMED DARIAN

Darian Barnes (football player)
Darian Caine (actress)
Darian Durant (football player)
Darian O'Toole (actress)
Darian Townsend (South African Olympic swimmer)

Children of Famous People

NAMED DARIAN

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Darian

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME DARIAN

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Darian