Meaning and name origin
Darnell \d(a)-rne-ll, dar-nell\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Darnell), is pronounced dar-NEL. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Darnell is "the hidden spot". Place name and surname.
For more information, see also the related boy name Larnell.
Darnell is a very popular first name for males (#476 out of 1220, Top 39%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1600 out of 88799, Top 2%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Darnell for boys. Darnell reached its highest rank of #321 in the U.S. in 1980-1989. (2014 statistics).