Meaning and name origin
Darlene \d(a)-rle-ne, dar-lene\ as a girl's name is pronounced dar-LEEN. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Darlene is "dearling; darling". Contemporary form of the Old English word. First used in the late 1930s.
Darlene is a very popular first name for females (#157 out of 4276, Top 4%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Darlene for girls. Darlene reached its highest rank of #71 in the U.S. in 1950-1959. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Darlene and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Darline, Darleen, Darla and Darlene. (2014 statistics).