What does Darwin mean?
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.
For more on this name, 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 (#15433 out of 150436, Top 10%). (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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Derwin is the only other popular related form of Darwin (#907 a year ago). Adoption of these boy names was at its highest during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.414%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.0465%, down 88.8%), with the versions Darwin and Derwin becoming less in vogue. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Darwin and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
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.