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Meaning and Name Origin

Darwin \d(a)-rwin, dar-win\ as a boys' name is pronounced DAR-win. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Darwin is "dear friend". Historical: Charles Darwin, 19th-century naturalist, was the first major exponent of human evolution.


Darwin has 4 variants: Darwon, Darwyn, Derwin and Derwynn.

For more information, see also the related boy name Darvin.


Darwin is a very popular first name for men (#583 out of 1220, Top 48%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#10786 out of 88799, Top 12%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Darwin for boys. Darwin entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its peak rank of #378 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is presently at #907. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Darwin and associated names. Derwin is the only other popular related form of Darwin (#907 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names was at its highest during the years 1960-1969 and has become much lower since, with the versions Darwin and Derwin becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Darwin, Derwin in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Darwin is pronounced similarly to Daran, Daren, Darian, Darien, Darin, Darion, Daron, Darran, Darren, Darrian, Darrien, Darrin, Darrion, Darron, Darryn, Daryn, Derrin, Derwyn, Dorrin, Durwin and Durwyn. Other recommended similar baby names are Garwin and Marwin. These names tend to be less frequently used than Darwin.