[ 1 syll. dee, de-e ] The baby girl name Dee is also used as a boy name, though it is more commonly a girl name. It is pronounced Diy- †. Dee is of Old Greek, Hebrew, Old English, English-American, Celtic, Latin, and Indoeuropean origin. It is used mainly in English and Spanish. The name first developed as a short form of other names starting with the letter 'D-', especially Dorothy. In some cases, it may also be derived in reference to the River Dee in Scotland.
Dee is a form of the English Danae.
Dee is also a diminutive of the English Deana.
Dee is also a form of the English Deandrea.
Dee is also a diminutive (English) of the English, Gaelic, and Irish Deirdre.
Dee is also a contracted form (English) of the Welsh, English, Greek, Italian, German, and Spanish Delia.
Dee is also a form (Spanish) of the English Delicia.
Dee is also a diminutive (English) of Diana.
Dee is also a form of the English, French, and German Diane.
Dee is also a diminutive of the English Dorothy.
Dee is uncommon as a baby girl name. At the modest height of its usage in 1962, 0.030% of baby girls were named Dee. It had a ranking of #381 then. The baby name has seen a marked drop in frequency since then, and is currently used only on a very light scale. Within the family of girl names directly related to Dee, Diana was the most regularly used in 2018. Although Dee is today more frequently used for baby girls, there was a period prior to 1936 when more boys were given the name. After 1937, increasingly the name became more popular with baby girls than with boys. There were 6 times more baby girls than boys who were named Dee in 1965.
† Pronunciation for Dee: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"