Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Deon

Deon is a spelling variant of Dion, which in turn is short for Dionysius, the god of wine and revelry from Greek mythology (Roman: Bacchus). The name Dionysius is derived from the ancient Greek elements Διος (Dios) meaning “of Zeus” and Νυσα meaning “Nysa” which is the name of the mountain where rain nymphs raised Dionysius. So the etymology of Dion/Deon, which only contains the first element, means “of Zeus”, Zeus being the supreme Olympic god of all gods in Greek mythology. Dionysius was born of Zeus and the mortal Princess of Thebes, Semele (after Zeus appeared before Semele as a fellow mortal and seduced her). Zeus often antagonized his wife, Hera, with his many adulterous affairs and Semele was no exception. When Hera learned of the union (which had resulted in a pregnancy), she tricked Semele into demanding proof that Zeus was indeed a god by appearing before her in his divine shape. Although Zeus protested, Semele insisted. Mortals could not look upon a god in his full and true form without instantly perishing, and this is exactly what happened to Semele. Before disintegrating in the light of Zeus’s full glory, Semele gave birth to a premature Dionysius. Zeus took the tiny baby and stitched him into his thigh until Dionysius was a fully mature baby ready for rebirth (it is for this reason that Dionysius is often referred to as "twice-born”). Zeus gave the baby to the rain nymphs of Nysa to nurse and raise him outside of Hera’s wrathful eye. In his youth, Dionysius discovered how to cultivate the grape vine and extract its valuable liquid; thus becoming the god of the wine harvest. Dionysius personified wine, revelry, ecstasy and even hedonistic debauchery. For many of the ancient Greeks and Romans, cults and festivals grew up around Dionysius and Bacchus, respectively. The loss of inhibitions produced by intoxication was believed to bring one closer to a divine state. However, people in states of inebriation are also known to provoke hysterical and uncivilized behavior, so much so, the Roman Senate outlawed such festivals by the 2nd century B.C. After the Christianization of Europe, Dionysius became the poster child of “unchristian like” activities and selfish indulgence. However, we will always think of him as a good-time Charlie. What’s wrong with a little fun, after all? Given names which have derived from Dionysius not only include Dion and Deon (female: Dionne), but also Dennis and Denise.

All About the Baby Name – Deon

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME DEON

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME DEON

Deon first appeared on the U.S. naming charts in 1962 and pretty quickly rose to levels of light moderation in the 1970s. Although not hugely popular overall, Deon became a particular favorite among African-Americans. It was in this community where Deon would achieve most of his successful usage as a baby boy’s name. He would maintain respectable circulation until the turn of the 21st century. Since the year 2000, Deon has seen significant drops down the Top 1000 list and is now coming dangerously close to falling off the charts altogether. The spelling of Dion fell off the Top 1000 list in 2006 and the female equivalent, Dionne, ran aground in 1983. Despite Deon’s lack of usage today, we still think this is an exceptionally cool name. We like the connection to Dionysius and his “bad boy” image.

Quick Facts

ON DEON

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

African-American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

936

PRONUNCIATION:

DEE-ahn; or dee-AHN

SIMPLE MEANING:

Of Zeus

Characteristics

OF DEON

Cooperative

Considerate

Compassionate

Nurturing

Sensitive

Patient

Loving

Kind

Gracious

Balanced

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Deon

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME DEON

Popular Songs

ON DEON

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Famous People

NAMED DEON

Deion Sanders (football player)
Deon Grant (football player)
Deon Butler (football player)
Deon Burton (English-Jamaican footballer)
Deon Hemmings (first Jamaican woman to win Olympic gold)
Deon Richmond (actor)
Deon Estus (musician)
Deon McCaulay (soccer player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED DEON

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME DEON

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