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Etymology & Historical Origin - Dante
Dante is a contracted form of the Italian name Durante which means ‘steadfast, enduring’ from the Latin
"durus" meaning ‘hard, firm’. The name Dante was most famously borne by Dante Alighieri, the 13th century poet who gave the world one of the greatest pieces of literature in the Middle Ages, “La Grande Commedia” or in English, The Divine Comedy. This masterpiece is divided into three parts (the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso) and tells of Dante’s journey through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. Or more simply, it’s an allegory of the soul’s journey toward God. Dante himself wrote that the Comedy was a passage from “the human to the divine, from time to the eternal, from Florence to a people just and sane.” (Dante had been exiled to Rome from his home in Florence, but after the success of his epic poem throughout Italy, he was readily invited back). From an English-speaking perspective, the use of the name Dante was also influenced by the 19th century pre-Raphaelite poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rosetti (the son of an exiled Italian who lived in England).
Popularity of the Name Dante
Dante has been in use in America since 1910. The name saw low levels of popularity back in the first half of the 20th century, perhaps too exotic for the average palate. Regardless, the name started to show upwards momentum by the 1960s and gradually climbed its way onto the Top 200 list by 1997. Since the turn of the 21st century, Dante has declined slightly but it’s still going strong for such an off-beat choice. Dante is the quintessential literary name. It’s like naming your kid Shakespeare, Homer or Virgil. But it also has that rare crossover feature – one that wears well on both poets and athletes alike. Dante does have a ‘steadfast’ and ‘enduring’ quality like the name’s etymology. It’s classic and timeless, yet also striking and unique. And the Italian origin just adds that much more zest.
Popularity of the Boy Name Dante
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Dante
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Dante
Dante We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Dante.
Popular Songs on Dante
Dante - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Dante.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Dante
Dante's Divine Comedy: As Told for Young People (Dante Alighieri / Joseph Tusiani) - This is a retelling of Dante's Divine Comedy written especially for young people by poet, novelist and translator Joseph Tusiani. The author combines summary, paraphrase and Dante's own lines translated into English verse to tell a timeless story of sin and salvation. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Famous People Named Dante
Famous People Named Dante - Durante "Dante" degli Alighieri (poet/author); Dante Gabriel Rossetti (English poet and artist); Dante Bonfim Costa Santos (German soccer player); Dante Basco (actor); Dante Bichette (baseball player); Dante Lavelli (football player); Dante Hall (football player); Dante Hughes (football player)
Children of Famous People Named Dante
Famous People Who Named Their Child Dante - Chazz Palminteri (actor); Corey Hart (singer)
Dante - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Durante degli Alighieri (c.1265 - 1321) - Durante Alighieri, known simply as “Dante”, was referred to as “The Supreme Poet” since he was considered one of the greatest poets of the Middle Ages. Dante is most known for his masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, which follows him through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. He hailed from Florence, Italy and was a philosopher and political thinker (it was his deep involvement in the politics of the day that would get him exiled from Florence and condemned to death should he ever return). This experience would have a profound impact on Dante’s writing. Not only was The Divine Comedy a soul’s journey toward God, but it was also a condemnation of Florence and the behavior of those in power. Dante wrote his poetry in Italian regional dialects and vernacular mixed with Latin and is often credited for inventing the Italian language (in fact, the French call Italian “la langue de Dante”). The Divine Comedy would have a major influence on the development of western literature. After the success of the Comedy, Dante was invited back to Florence but under terms he refused. He lived out the rest of his life in exile.
Personality of the Boy Name Dante
The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done. They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.
Variations of the Baby Name - Dante