[ 1 syll. dwi-(g)(h)(t), dw-ig-ht ] The baby boy name Dwight is pronounced as DWihT †.
1: Dwight is used predominantly in the English language and its origin is Old English. The first name is from the English surname, itself ultimately of Dionysius (Latin). The derivation could be via the feminine name Dionysia and its medieval diminutive Diot, or else it could be via Dion or Denis. As a given name, Dwight was first adopted by English speakers at the end of the 19th century in tribute to the theologian Timothy Dwight (1752-1817). The World War II general and US president Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969) was himself named after the theologian and his lawyer and journalist brother Theodore Dwight (1764-1846). The fame of the highly-regarded president has done much to promote the adoption of the name.
Dwhite, Dwi, Dwighte, Dwite, Dwyght, and Dwyte are variations of Dwight.
Both the origin and meaning of Dwight is inherited by all variant forms.
2: Dwight's origin is Old Dutch. Here, it means white, blond.
Dwight is a variation of the name DeWitt (English).
See also the related categories, medieval, brother, tribute (honor), war, white, theologian, lawyer, dutch, and general (universal).
Dwight is unusual as a baby boy name. Its usage peaked in 1953 with 0.134% of baby boys being named Dwight. It had a ranking of #122 then. The baby name has experienced a substantial decline in frequency since then, and is today used on a very modest scale. Among all boy names in its family, Dwight was nevertheless the most popular in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Dwight include Dade, Dae, Dai, Daie, Daith, Daithí, Daoud, Dat, Daw, Dawe, Dawûd, Day, Daye, De, Dee, Des, Dew, Dewann, Diede, and Dieuwe.
† English pronunciation for Dwight: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; W as in "we (W.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Dwight:
Country Singer Dwight Yoakam, born 23 October 1956, Pikeville, Kentucky.
Thelologian Timothy Dwight, born May 14, 1752 - January 11, 1817, Northampton, Massachusetts.
US President Dwight (Ike) Eisenhower, born David Dwight Eisenhower 14 October 1890 - 28 March 1969, Denison, Texas.