Origin: Ancient Roman

Meaning: a variant spelling of Drusilla, the feminine form of Drusus which is supposedly derived from the name of a Gallic chief killed by a Roman soldier, Drausus, possibly meaning “strong”. I’ve also seen it listed as being derived from Greek drosos meaning “dew”.

I’ve also come across as it being derived from Celtic daru- or derwo- both meaning “oak”.

Dru and Cilla/Silla are diminutive forms of the name.

Variants: Drusilla, Drousilla, Druscilla


Origin: English

Meaning: there are several possible meanings for the name but nothing concrete, and they may not even be accurate. It’s from a surname denoting someone who came from a place called Denzell in Cornwall. I’ve seen it listed as meaning “fort”, “fertile highland” or “high stronghold”.

I’ve also seen it listed as being a pet form of German name Denz, a short form of personal name Degenhardt from a habitional name from a place called Tenze in Mecklenberg which apparently from an old name of unknown meaning.

And yet again I’ve also seen it listed as deriving from Denisel, a medieval pet form of Dennis, itself the English form of Dionysius, from Greek Dios meaning “of Zeus” + the name Nysa.

Variants: Denzel, Denzell


Origin: Persian

Meaning: a Roman form of Dareios, the Greek form of Persian Darayavahush meaning “to possess good” from daraya “to possess” or “to hold” and vahu “good”.

Variants: Darrius; Dariush and Daryush are the Persian forms of the name; Dario (Italian, Spanish, Croatian).

Daria is a feminine form of the name.


Origin: Greek

Meaning: Latinzed form of Greek Damokles meaning “the people’s glory” or “glory of the people” from demos (people) and kleos (glory).

This is the name of Damocles Dock in the 3rd book (The Wide Window). There’s a famous story about the Sword of Damocles. Damocles was a man who conveyed his amazement and envy to a rich and powerful king and so the king arranged that the two men switch places so that he could experience what life on the throne was like, except the king arranges to have a huge sword hanging above the throne by a single thread, emphasizing the constant danger that comes with power.


Origin: Slavic, Italian

Драго (Serbian)

Meaning: from Slavic element dragu meaning “peace” as well as being a short form of names beginning with the element (such as Dragan, Dragomir, or Dragas, etc.)

It’s also an Italian word meaning “dragon”, the Italian form of Latin draco

Draga is its feminine form

Devon, Devin

Origin: English, Irish

Meaning: either comes from Irish surname Devin, an Anglicized form of Ó Damháin (meaning descendant of Damhán “fawn“) or an Anglicization of Ó Dubháin (meaning descendant of Dubhán “black, dark“).

Devin is also an English surname meaning “divine” from Old French devin which comes from Latin. Apparently it was a nickname given to a person who acted divinely. I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “poet” but I’m not too sold on its accuracy.

Devon is the name of a county in England, which gets its name from a Celtic tribe called the Dumnonii, meaning unknown

Variants: Devyn, Deven; Devona (f)


Origin: English, Anglo-Saxon

Meaning: an ancient place name variously recorded as Dubris, Dofras, and Doferum. The meaning is a bit tricky since there seems to be different thoughts on it. The most held belief is that the name came from Celtic origin, Dubra, meaning “waters” but there’s also another claim that it means “port of the double banks” according to this detailed, incisive article on the name’s origins, the last link below.







Origin: Irish, Welsh

Meaning: debated, and numerous.

Have you ever come across a name you think you know about but than you look it up and you realize that there are a lot of contradictory information about it? Well, this name was one of them. Originally I thought it was a variant spelling of Welsh Dylan (and it kind of is) but it also seems to have a completely different origin and meaning(s). So it’s of Irish origin, either coming from dealan “a flash of lightning” or an Irish word meaning “faithful, loyal” (http://www.babynamesofireland.com/dillon)

According to surnamedb.com, ancestry.com, and houseofnames.com, Dillon either comes from Dilwyn (or Dilun), a locational name referring to someone who lived near the town, which comes from Old English diglum meaning “recess” or”retreat”- referring to someone who lives at the shady or secret places (http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=dillon).

It could also come from a Germanic personal name, Dillo, meaning “destroyer”.

It could also be a transposition of de Leon, a place name referring to someone who came from a town in Lyon, France, or a nickname referring to a fierce/brave warrior, from the animal lion, introduced during the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1169.

Dillon is also an Anglicization of Gaelic O’Duilleain meaning “descendant of the blind one”.

Of course, like I said, it could be a variant spelling of Welsh Dylan, meaning “great tide/flow/sea” or “influence”. More on that in a separate post, though.