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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.


Darryl has 7 variants: Darrel, Darrell, Darryll, Daryl, Daryle, Daryll and Derryl.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Dorran.

Darryl has 16 more related forms via Darrel, Daryl: Darel, Dariel, Dariell, Darral, Darrill, Darrol, Darroll, Darry, Derell, Derrall, Derrel, Derrell, Derril, Derrill, Deryl and Deryll.

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Darryl name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Darryl outside U.S.

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dariel, Darrel, Darrell, Darryl, Daryl, Daryle, Derrell in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Darryl and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Darryl is pronounced similarly to Dorrel. Other recommended similar baby names are Darryn and Jarryl. These names tend to be less commonly used than Darryl.