Demetrius - Meaning of Demetrius
[ 4 syll. de-me-triu(s), dem-etri-us ] The baby boy name Demetrius is also used as a girl name, but it is much more common for boys. It is pronounced as Deh-MIY-TRiy-ahS †. Demetrius is used predominantly in the English language and its origin is Old Greek. The name's meaning is follower of Demeter. A biblical name, it is derived from the elements 'de' meaning earth ; 'meter' mother. Demetrios (Old Greek) and Demetrius (Latin) are original forms of Demetrius. In Greek mythology, Demeter was the mother of Persephone; she was also the goddess of agriculture, grain, and fertility. Demetrius, a derivative of Demeter, appeared as the name of two people in the Bible. It was also borne by the 4th-century Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki, who was martyred in Dalmatia under the Emperor Diocletian, and is particularly venerated in the Eastern Church. The Russian form is most famous from the scientist and inventor of the periodic table, Dmitri Mendeleev (1834-1907). The name Demetria (English and Italian) is the female version of Demetrius.
The name Demetrius is used to a great extent; it has 61 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Dametrius, Demas, Demeter (also used in Hungarian), Demetreus, Demetri (also used in Greek), Demetrias, Demetric, Demetrice, Demetrious, Demetriu, Demetrois, Demetruis, Demetrus, Demitrios, Demitrius, Demitry, Demtrius, Dhimitrios, Dimas, Dimetre, Dimitrije, Dimitrious, Dimitrius, Dimitry, Dmitri (also used in Russian), Dmitrios, Dmytro, and Mitri. The contractions Demetris, Demitri, and Dimitri (also used in French, and Russian) are other English variants.
Foreign variants of Demetrius include Demetrio (Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish), Demetrios (Greek), Demetrjusz (Polish), Dima (Russian), Dimitar (Slavic), Dimitr (Slavic), Dimitre (Russian), Dimitrij (Russian), Dimitrios (Greek), Dimos (Greek), Dmitrii (Russian), Dmitrik (Russian), Dmitriy (Russian), Dmitro (Ukrainian), Dmitry (Russian), Dometer (Hungarian), Domotor (Hungarian), Dumitru (Romanian), Dymek (Polish), Dymitr (Polish), Dymitry (Polish), Dyzek (Polish), Mitar (Slavic), Mitros (Greek), and Takis (Greek). Specific foreign variants include the contraction Demetre (French), and the diminutive forms Mimis (Greek), Mitja (Russian), Mitsos (Greek), and Mitya (Russian).
Demetrius is fairly popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity jumped from the 1950s up to the 1990s; before that, it was of infrequent use only. Its usage peaked modestly in 1991 with 0.050% of baby boys being given the name Demetrius. It ranked at #258 then. The baby name has since experienced a loss in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.018% and its ranking #698, but it was nonetheless the most commonly used among all boy names in its group. Demetrius has mostly been a baby boy name in the past century.
Baby names that sound like Demetrius include De Andrea, Deandrea, Demetrias, Demetrios, Demetrious, Demetrjusz, Demetruis, Demitrios, Demitrius, Dhimitrios, Dimetrius, Dimitrios, Dimitrious, Dimitrius, Dontarious, Dontarius, D'Andre, D'andre, Dandrea, and De Aundre.
† Pronunciation for Demetrius: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"