What does Darren mean?
Darren /dar-ren/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced DAR-en. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Darren is "great". Originally a surname, first used as a given name in the 20th century. In the TV series "Bewitched", the leading man was named Darren.
How popular is Darren?
Darren is a very prominent first name for men (#243 out of 1220, Top 20%) and a slightly less prominent last name for all people (#90252 out of 150436, Top 60%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Darren for boys. Darren was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its top rank of #107 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is presently at #496. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Daren, Darian (#793 the previous year), Darin, Daron, Darrien, Darrin, Darron, Deron and Jaron are the popular varying forms of Darren (#496 the previous year) ranked in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4081%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.0711%, down 82.6%), with versions like Darian, Daron, Darron, Deron and Jaron becoming somewhat outmoded. Darren (#496) is the most chic birth name among these. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Darren and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Darren▲ is alike in pronunciation to Daran, Darien▼, Darion▼, Darrian▼, Darrion▼, Darryan, Darryen, Darwin▼, Darwon, Darwyn, Daryn, Derren, Dorien, Dorren, Dorrien, Dorrin and Dorryen. Other recommended similar baby names are Barren, Darrel▼, Farren, Garren, Jarren, Larren, Tarren and Warren▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Darren.