[ 2 syll. dus-tin, du-st-in ] The baby boy name Dustin is also used as a girl name, but the use for boys is much more common. Its pronunciation is DAHST-ahN †. Dustin is used chiefly in the English and German languages, and its origin is Old Norse. It is from the elements 'thor' meaning thunder, thunder god ; 'steinn' stone. The first name is derived from the English surname, which is of obscure origin. The surname could have developed as a Norman equivalent of the personal name Dórsteinn (Old Norse) meaning 'Thor's stone'. The popularity of the name has been boosted by the famous US actor Dustin Hoffman (1937-) who was apparently named after the less famous US silent film actor Dustin Farman (1874-1929). The name Dusty (English) is the female form of Dustin.
Dustin has 17 variants. Variants include Destin, Dust, Dustan, Dustea, Dustee, Dusten, Duster, Dustey, Dusti, Dustie, Dustine, Dustion, Duston, Dustun, Dustyn, and Dustynn. The diminutive form Dusty is another English variant.
See also the related form, Thorsten (German and Scandinavian).
Dustin is a fairly popular baby name for boys. The name's popularity rose from the 1960s up to the 1980s; before that, it was of infrequent use only. At the height of its usage in 1984, 0.555% of baby boys were given the name Dustin. It ranked at #41 then. The baby name has since experienced a steep loss in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.028% and its ranking #525, but it was nonetheless the most popular within all boy names in its group. In the past century Dustin has mostly been a baby boy name.
† Pronunciation for Dustin: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
A famous person named Dustin is Actor Dustin Hoffman, born 8 August 1937, Los Angeles, California.