What does Darien mean?
Darien /dari-en/ [2 sylls.] as a name for boys (also used less regularly as girls' name Darien) is of Greek origin, and Darien means "gift". Darien is a version, with the suffix -en, of Darian: invented name from Adrian. Darien is also a form of Darion (Greek). See also Darrien.
How popular is Darien?
Darien is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#59769 out of 150436, Top 40%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Darien for boys. Darien was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its peak position of #383 in the U.S. in 1994, and is currently at #978. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Darien and affiliated names. Darian (#793 a year ago), Darrion, Darrien, Darion and Darrian are the prominent alternative forms of Darien (#978 a year ago). Usage of these boy names reached its highest in the year 1994 (usage of 0.391%) and has become much less since (usage 0.0382%, down 90.2%), with the forms Darian, Darien, Darrian, Darrion and Darion falling out of style. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Darien▼ is pronounced similarly to Daran, Daren▼, Darin▼, Daron▼, Darran, Darren▲, Darrin▼, Darron▼, Darryen, Darryn, Darwin▼, Darwon, Darwyn, Daryn, Derren, Dorian▲, Dorien, Dorion, Dorren and Dorrien. Other recommended similar baby names are Damien▲, Dariel and Davien. These names tend to be more commonly used than Darien.