Daria (name)

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Daria is a popular name in Slavic countries. It gained popularity due to Saint Daria, seen here being martyred with Saint Chrysanthus.
Pronunciation /ˈdɑri.ə/ DAR-ree-ə
Gender female
Word/name Persian
Meaning wealthy, feminine form of Darius.
Region of origin Iran, Russia, other Slavic countries
Other names
Nickname(s) Dasha, Dolly, Dasia
Related names Dari, Darina, Darinka, Darissa, Dariya, Daruška, Darya, Dar'ya, Tarja

Daria (also written as Darya) is the female variant of the ancient name of Persian origin Darius (via Latin Darius and Ancient Greek: Δαρεῖος Dareĩos from Old Persian Dārayavauš, literally "he who holds firm the good").[1] Daria is a saint of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. In Modern Persian, daryā (Old Persian drayah-) coincidentally means "sea".

The name has been used extensively in Russia and other Slavic countries. The common Russian nickname is Dasha and the common Polish nickname is Dasia. It has sometimes also been seen as a Russian form of the name Dorothy. Dolly, a diminutive of Dorothy, was also once a common nickname for Daria.[2] The name is also used among Iranians, especially those who live near the Caspian sea.[citation needed]

Feminine variants[edit]


Notable people[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Darya Gol, a character in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron animated television series
  • Daria Morgendorffer, title character of the MTV animated series Daria (1997-2002)



  1. ^ [1], Online Etymology Dictionary.
  2. ^ Yonge, Charlotte Mary. History of Christian Names.


  • Pamela Redmond Satran; Linda Rosenkrantz (2007-02-20). The Baby Name Bible: The Ultimate Guide By America's Baby-Naming Experts. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 978-0-312-35220-2.