Quick Facts on Dustin
- English, Nordic
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Thor’s stone; Thunder
Characteristics of Dustin
Etymology & Historical Origin - Dustin
Dustin is the transferred use of an English surname derived from an Old Norse personal name, Þórsteinn, which comes from the elements Þórr (Thor) combined with “stein” (stone). The Old Norse “Þórr” basically means ‘thunder’ since Thor was the Norse god of thunder, lightening, storms and the protection of mankind. He was also the son of the supreme Norse god Odin. The hammer-wielding Thor donned an enchanted belt (the Megingjörð) which doubled his strength. In Norse mythology, he is often depicted with red-hair, a red beard and fierce eyes – and is remembered for his battles with the ferocious ocean serpent Jörmungandr. Thor is one of the most prominent gods in the recorded history of the Germanic people. The name Þórsteinn (later anglicized to Dustin) was brought to Britain by the Viking Invaders and Scandinavian settlers. As a given name, Dustin was popularized in the United States.
Popularity of the Name Dustin
The name Dustin jumped onto the U.S. male naming charts for the first time at a remarkable position of #368 in 1968. What was the sudden interest in this name? Well, one of the highest-grossing films of all time, “The Graduate” had just been released to American audiences everywhere in December of 1967. Its break-out star was of course the young Dustin Hoffman. Clearly, he was the inspiration behind the name’s abrupt popularity. Dustin quickly climbed the charts and was a Top 100 favorite by 1975. The peak popularity for Dustin came in the 1980s when the name was a constant Top 50 pick for little boys. Since the turn of the 21st century, however, Dustin has dropped fairly significantly year-over-year. It has quickly fallen back down to levels of only moderate usage. Dustin is a cute name. People often think of the “dusty” old west and associate Dustin with cowboys. The name’s etymology is no doubt rooted in “toughness” (i.e. the Norse god Thor) – but Dustin is really a “cuter” version of the rough-and-tumble names we think of when we conjure up the Old West (Cody, Wyatt, Colton, Carson and Hunter). Dustin is more genteel, like Justin, Westin or Tristin [sic]. And of course, we also think of the unpleasant household chore (“I’m just dustin’ the furniture, Ma”). Dustin is a name with schizophrenic tendencies. Am I strong and rugged? Or am I soft and cute? You’ll have to be the judge of that one.
Popularity of the Boy Name Dustin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Dustin
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Dustin
Dustin We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Dustin.
Popular Songs on Dustin
Dustin - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Dustin.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Dustin
Dustin and a Mouse Named Cody (Kent D. Walsh) - An up close and personal look at a very special friendship between a little boy named Dustin and Cody, a scrawny little mouse. Cody, you see, feels like a failure, and that is why he is so sad. He simply wants to do something to make his parents proud. When new friend Dustin springs into action to try to help Cody, the fun really begins. Complemented warmly by delightful illustrations, this charming story of helping one's fellow mouse will provide quality reading time for parents and their children. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Dustin Mccarthy Tames A Tiger (Mark Louis Burgio) - Dustin McCarthy Tames A Tiger is the lighthearted story of a ten-year-old boy named Dustin who finds himself the target of the fifth grade bully, Tiger Phillips. Possessing neither superhuman strength nor mystical powers to help him, Dustin is forced to deal with this problem on his own. After prayerful consideration, he challenges Tiger to spend the weekend at his house in an all out attempt to reform his adversary. In this story, Mark Louis Burgio draws on past experience working with youth as well as in raising a set of twin boys with his wife, Barbara, to glean insight into some of the challenges children face today. Recommended for ages 8-11.
Dustin's Big School Day (Alden R. Carter) - Dustin, the popular hero of "Big Brother Dustin", is in the second grade now. The excitement of a school day builds as Dustin, who has Downs Syndrome, and his classmates follow their regular day. Teachers use Dave and Skippy as examples in math problems and language arts activities. Who are Dave and Skippy? Readers will find out when Dustin finally gets called out of class to help greet the special visitors. Recommended for ages 5-7.
Reaching Dustin (Vicki Grove) - When Carly Cameron picks Dustin Groat's name for a class interview assignment, she feels like screaming. Almost everyone in her community fears the Groats--a gun-toting, lawbreaking clan that lives on the edge of town. Sure enough, the first few interviews confirm Carly's suspicions: like the rest of his family, Dustin is surly and unresponsive. But as time goes by, Carly uncovers the tragic truth about Dustin's home life, and realizes that behind the tough exterior is a scared and unhappy boy who desperately needs a friend. The Kirkus Review says: "Very human. Brimming with compassion." Recommended for ages 10-14.
Famous People Named Dustin
Famous People Named Dustin - Dustin Hoffman (actor); Dustin Pedroia (baseball player); Dustin Farnum (silent era actor); Dustin Diamond (actor, Screech from "Saved by the Bell"); Dustin Hermanson (baseball player); Dustin Kensrue (musician); Dustin Lyman (football player); Dustin Nippert (baseball player); Dustin Boyd (hockey player); Dustin Rhodes (wrestler)
Children of Famous People Named Dustin
Famous People Who Named Their Son Dustin - Debby Boone (singer); Jake "The Snake" Roberts (wrestler)
Dustin - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Dustin - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Dustin.
Personality of the Boy Name Dustin
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Dustin