I have come across two opinions on this:

  1. This was his actual name

  2. His actual name was Suyodhana and he was later on known as Duryodhana.

What was Duryodhana's actual name?

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    I just did a scanned search... Mahabharat calls Duryodhan by the name Suyodhan 183 times... Mahabharat mentions the name Duryodhan 1871 times... Thus it is clear his original name was Suyodhana... – Tejaswee May 9 '16 at 9:00
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    As far as I know his name was Duryodhana. The Suyodhana thing came up because people thought any name with 'Dur' means a bad thing. – Surya May 9 '16 at 9:00
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    @Tezz How does that number prove that Suyodhana was his original name? – Surya May 9 '16 at 9:01
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    @Amit No. 'Dur' means bad, but Duryodhana means 'difficult to conquer'. So the meaning of Duryodhana is 'excellent warrior'. How is that a villain's name ? – Surya May 9 '16 at 9:09
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    In Sanskrit there are some words which if you split and check the meaning you'll get a meaning opposite to when you combine the word. – Surya May 9 '16 at 9:10

Both are names for the same person and often used interchangeably. Suyodhan means one who is good with arms (in warfare). Duryodhan means unconquerable warrior. Naturally there can be many who are good in battle but there can be only ONE who is unconquerable, by definition. Duryodhan was more unique and it stuck.

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