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I don't know the exact significance of the word "Darth" in the sith world, but I think it was a word of honor for powerful Siths. That's why Anakin was given this word in his new name.
All powerful siths in canon had this word in their names: Darth Plagueis, Darth Bane, Darth Sidious, Darth Vader, Darth Maul etc.. As such name similarity can't be names given by their parents, I can assume they were given such words in names as a honor.
Now, look at Count Dooku.. he was a powerful sith too. So, why wasn't he given this word of honor?

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A really minor nitpick: not all powerful Sith Lords were named "Darth". Naga Sadow wasn't, for example. But at least in the movies, what you say is true. –  Andres F. Jan 28 '12 at 13:41
I'm sorry, I'm voting to close as general reference. google.com/… –  DVK Jan 29 '12 at 3:00
meta discussion: Is this General Reference? –  Gilles Jan 29 '12 at 10:26
This question appears to be off-topic because it shows no independent research. The top 10 searches on google (for Count Dooku Darth) give the answer 9 times. –  Richard May 15 at 22:58
@Richard - General Reference was burninated. It's no longer offtopic. –  DVK May 15 at 23:07

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He was; he was known as Darth Tyranus. This name is used in the movies a few times, but he usually goes by Dooku and disguises his Sith identity.

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In exactly the same way, it could be noted, as Darth Sidious publicly went by the names of Senator Palpatine, then Chancellor Palpatine and finally Emperor Palpatine. –  eidylon Jan 28 '12 at 5:39
Kind of ruins the plausible deniability for you if your henchman standing next to you is called "Darth Vader". –  Oldcat Nov 20 at 19:13

He may have been given the title by Sidious, but that is never clarified in the movies. He is referred to by the cloners as Tyranus in Attack of the Clones. This is his Sith name, but it remains to be seen if it was bestowed upon him by Darth Sidious or if he gave it to himself.

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At the end of Attack of the Clones Dooku meets up with Sidious. Sidious says to him: "Welcome home, Lord Tyranus. You have done well."

He is Darth Tyranus and Darth Sidious gave him the name. There is no question of this.

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Dooku was bestowed the title of Darth Tyranus by, then Sith Lord Darth Sidious, shortly after the presumed death of his apprentice, Darth Maul at the hands of Jedi master Qui-gon Jin. Afterwhich he reclaimed his family title of 'Count' for use in his public persona as head of the separatist senate

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Sources? ................... –  DVK May 15 at 23:21

He was, his sith name is darth tyranus but because he wanted the jedi to believe he had just left the jedi he went under the name of count doku. When darth sisdious was clouding the light side of the force he was able to stop them seeing count doku was his second apprentice (after darth maul) and he was able to take control of the senate and posed as senator palpetine.

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How does this add anything that's not already covered in the other answers? –  Darth Satan Jul 26 at 21:28

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