Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Darien

Given the timing of Darian and Darien’s emergence as given names (1960s) they were probably derived from Darren (a name which reached his peak popularity in the 1960s, as well). Darren is also a fairly modern coinage, likely inspired by 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. The oak tree’s leaves were also believed to contain healing and renewal powers. In fact, the name “druid” may have very well 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 been coined from Darius, which is a Greek transliteration of a Persian name meaning “possessor of good”. In either case, Darian and Darien have been used with a decent amount of regularity since the 1960s and mainly in the United States.

All About the Baby Name – Darien

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME DARIEN

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME DARIEN

Both Darian and Darien appeared on the U.S. male naming charts for the first time in the same year (1965). Although unlike Darren, who saw most of his success in the 1960s and 70s, Darian and Darien had their best years in the 1990s. Darian (with an “a”) has always been the preferred spelling, but Darien with an “e” didn’t trail that far behind. Both names have slipped in popularity in more recent years. Right now, American parents are opting for Darius over all of the choices (Darren, Darian or Darien).

Quick Facts

ON DARIEN

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

1000

PRONUNCIATION:

DARE-ee-ən

SIMPLE MEANING:

Little oak

Characteristics

OF DARIEN

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

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OF THE BABY NAME DARIEN

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ON DARIEN

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Famous People

NAMED DARIEN

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NAMED DARIEN

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME DARIEN

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