What does Darryl mean?
Darryl \d(a)-rr-yl\ as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Darryl) is pronounced DARE-ul. It is of English and Old French origin, and the meaning of Darryl is "open; from Airelle". Variant of Darrel. Daryl is occasionally used for girls. Film producer Darryl Zanuck; baseball player Darryl Strawberry; musician Daryl Hall.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Dorran.
Darryl has 1 feminine form: Daryl.
Darryl is a very popular first name for males (#232 out of 1220, Top 19%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Darryl for boys. Darryl entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its apex rank of #96 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Dariel (#846 the previous year), Darrel, Darrell (#857), Daryl, Daryle and Derrell are the popular varying forms of Darryl. Usage of these boy names was at its peak during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4763%) and is now much less (usage 0.0424%, down 91.1%), with the versions Darrel, Darrell, Darryl and Daryl becoming less trendy. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Darryl and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)