The name Dwight ranked 934th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 257th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name has fluctuated in use, it has been quietly present throughout the last century.
An intermediate form was the Middle English nickname Diot, which was short for Dionysia, the latinized female form of the original Greek name.
Dionysos, also known as Bacchus, was the Greek god of wine and revelry. The theatre was under his special protection as well.
In modern thought, Dionysos symbolizes spontaneity and instinct, in contrast to Apollo, the god of wisdom, who stands for science and intellect.