Meaning and name origin
Darrel \d(ar)-rel\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Darrel), is pronounced DARE-el. It is of Old English and Old French origin, and the meaning of Darrel is "open; from Airelle". Comes from the Norman French word "d'Airelle", meaning "from Airelle". A place name and surname that dates from at least the 11th century. Film producer Darryl Zanuck; baseball player Darryl Strawberry; musician Daryl Hall.
There is 1 feminine form of Darrel: Darnell.
Darrel is a very popular first name for males (#447 out of 1220, Top 37%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Darrel for boys. Darrel reached its highest rank of #270 in the U.S. in 1940-1949. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Darrel and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Dariel (#846), Darrell (#857), Derrell, Daryl, Darryl and Darrel. (2014 statistics).
Darrel▼ is also pronounced similarly to Daryll, Derryl, Doriel, Dorrel, Dorrell and Durrell. Other suggested similar baby names are Darcel, Darnel, Darren▼, Farrel, Harrel, Jarrel and Karrel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Darrel.