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What does Darrel mean?

Darrel Pronunciation of Darrel as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Darrel) is pronounced DARE-el. It is of Old English and Old French origin, and the meaning of Darrel is "open; from Airelle". Comes from the Norman French word "d'Airelle", meaning "from Airelle". A place name and surname that dates from at least the 11th century. Film producer Darryl Zanuck; baseball player Darryl Strawberry; musician Daryl Hall.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, norman, surname


VARIANTS Darel, Dariel, Dariell, Darral, Darrell, Darrill, Darrol, Darroll, Darry, Darryl, Darryll, Daryl, Derell, Derrall, Derrel, Derrell, Derril, Derrill, Deryl, Deryll





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How popular is Darrel?

Darrel is a very prominent first name for males (#447 out of 1220, Top 37%) but an uncommon surname for all people. (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Darrel was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its peak position of #274 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, but is not ranked currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Darrel name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Darrel appearing in the Top 2000 are Darel, Dariel (#643 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Darrell (#1062), Darry, Darryl (#1325), Darryll, Daryl (#1641), Daryle, Daryll, Derrel, Derrell, Derrill, Derryl and Deryl. These relations of Darrel were at the top of their popularity 6 decades ago (AVERAGE #1065) and have become much less conventional since, with versions such as Darrell becoming less in vogue. Darrell is more familiar than the rest, though Dariel is now the preferred form.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Darrel, Darel, Dariel, Darrell, Darry in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Darryl, Darryll, Daryl, Daryle, Daryll in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Derrel, Derrell, Derrill, Derryl, Deryl in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Darrel is alike in pronunciation to Doriel, Dorrel, Dorrell, Durell and Durrell. Other recommended sound-alike names are Barren, Barret, Barrey, Carel, Carmel, Carrol, Carvel, Dael, Daniel, Dannel, Danyel, Darcel, Darek, Darien, Darneil, Darnel, Darnell, Darrah, Darran, Darrien, Darrin, Darriq, Darro, Darrold (see Darold), Darron, Darrow, Darryn, Darsey, Daviel, Derrek, Derren, Dorren, Farrel, Farren, Farrer, Ferrel, Garred, Garren, Garrey, Gavrel, Harel, Harrel, Harrell, Jarrel, Jarrell, Jarren, Jarret, Jarryl, Jerrel, Jorrel, Karel, Karmel, Karrel, Larren, Larrey, Marcel, Mardel, Markel, Martel, Marvel, Merrel, Morrel, Orrel, Parnel, Parrey, Sorrel, Tarren, Terrel, Tyrrel and Warren. These names tend to be less commonly used than Darrel.