What does Darlene mean?
Darlene /dar-lene/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' 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.
How popular is Darlene?
Darlene is a very popular first name for women (#157 out of 4276, Top 4%) but a unique last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Darlene for girls. Darlene was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its peak position of #71 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Popular variation forms of Darlene appearing in the Top 1000 are Darline, Darleen and Darla. Usage of these girl names was at its highest during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.4973%) and is now much less, with the versions Darla, Darleen, Darlene and Darline becoming less in vogue. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the girl name Darlene and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)