Dante - Meaning of Dante
[ 2 syll. dan-te, da-nte ] The baby boy name Dante is pronounced DAANTey- †. Dante's origin is Latin, and its use, English, German, and Italian. The name means 'enduring, steadfast'. It is derived from the word durare meaning 'to endure, to withstand'. Durante (Latin) is an older form of Dante. The name is known from the Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) who wrote The Divine Comedy, as well as the medieval text The New Life (1295) to express his lifelong love for Beatrice. Dante is known as the 'il Sommo Poeta' (the Supreme Poet) in Italian. The romantic associations of the name thus made it popular in the Middle Ages.
The name Dante is widely used; it has 33 variants that are used in English and foreign languages. Variants of the name used in English include Dan, Danny, Dant, Dantae, Dantay, Dantel, Danté, Dauntae, Dauntay, Dawntae, Dawntay, Dawnte, Deante, Dohntae, Dohntay, Dohntaye, Donta, Dontae, Dontavius, Dontay, Donte, Dontell, Donté, Dontrell, Duran, Durand, Durant, Durante (used in Italian as well), Durrant, and Jonte. Daunte (Spanish) is a variant of Dante that is in foreign languages.
Dante is a rather popular baby boy name. The name's popularity rose from the 1950s up to the 1990s. At the modest height of its usage in 1998, 0.082% of baby boys were given the name Dante. It had a ranking of #201 then. The baby name has fallen in popularity since then. In 2018, it ranked at #316 with a usage of 0.055%, but it was nonetheless the most popular within all boy names in its family. Dante was twice as popular as the subsequent ranked name, Danny, in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Dante include Dontae, Dontay, Donté, Dandie, Dandy, Dantae, Dantay, Dauntae, Dauntay, Dauntey, Daunti, Dauntie, Daunty, Dawntae, Dawntay, Dawnte, Demid, Demonde, Demunde, and Dentea.
† Pronunciation for Dante: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Dante:
Actor Danny Bonaduce, born Dante Daniel Bonaduce 13 August 1959, Broomall, Pennsylvania.
Poet Dante Alighieri, born Durante degli Alighieri 1265, Florence, Italy.
Poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti, born Gabriel Charles Dante Rossetti 12 May 1828 - 9 April 1882, London, England.
Rapper Mos Def, born Dante Terrell Smith 11 December 1973, Brooklyn, New York.