What does Darrel mean?
Darrel \d(ar)-rel\ as a boys' name (also used as girls' 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.
Darrel has 1 feminine form: Darnell.
Darrel is a very prominent first name for males (#447 out of 1220, Top 37%) but an uncommon surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Darrel for boys. Darrel was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its peak position of #270 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Darrel and associated names. Prominent related forms of Darrel appearing in the Top 1000 are Dariel (#846 the previous year), Darrell (#857), Darryl, Daryl, Daryle and Derrell. These boy names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4763%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.0424%, down 91.1%), with the versions Darrel, Darrell, Darryl and Daryl becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Darrel▼ is alike in pronunciation to Doriel, Dorrel, Dorrell and Durrell. Other recommended similar baby names are Darcel, Darnel, Darren, Farrel, Harrel, Jarrel and Karrel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Darrel.