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Dwight was one of the top baby names for boys in the United States for over a century, but it's fallen out of favor in recent years. Even so, it's a name synonymous with pop culture. It's been associated with star athletes, famous singers, memorable TV characters and even a United States president. It could also be considered a trendy “grandpa name.” Pair it with a classic middle name or use it as a middle name with your favorite modern moniker.

Meaning of the name Dwight:

English: Follower of Dionysius
Dutch: White or blonde

Origin of the name Dwight:

Dwight has two potential origins. Some believe it's derived from the Dutch name DeWitt, which means “white” or “blonde.” Others believe it's an English masculine version of the name Diot, which is derived from “Dionysius.”

Symbolism of the name Dwight:

The Dutch meaning of Dwight could symbolize someone with blonde or light-colored hair. The English and Greek meanings may relate back to the Greek god Dionysius to some people. He is often symbolized by a grapevine or a bull.

baby name Dwight

Style of the name Dwight:

Traditional

Gender of the name Dwight:

Dwight is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Dwight:

DWIYT

Number of syllables in the name Dwight:

One

Emotion evoked from the name Dwight:

The baby name Dwight evokes images of someone who is wise and knowledgeable about many topics.

Alternative spellings for the name Dwight:

  • Dwite
  • Dwyght

Nicknames for the name Dwight:

N/A

Popularity of the name Dwight:

According to the Social Security Administration, Dwight was a top 1,000 baby name for boys in the United States until 2004. It last ranked at number 888 that year.

Related names for the name Dwight:

Great middle names for Dwight and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Dwight:

  • Dwight Eisenhower (former United States president)
  • Dwight L. Moody (publisher, preacher)
  • Dwight Davis (tennis player)
  • Dwight Freeney (football player)
  • Dwight Gooden (baseball player)
  • Dwight Howard (basketball player)
  • Dwight Yoakam (singer)

Dwights in popular culture:

  • Dwight Schrute (character on the TV show “The Office”)
  • Dwight (character from “The Walking Dead” franchise)
  • Dwight McCarthy (character from the “Sin City” franchise)
  • Dwight Walker (character from the TV show “Empire”)
  • Dwight Riley (character from the “Scream” movies)