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Meaning and Origin of: Darwin

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Beloved friend

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : from the Old English personal name Dēorwine, composed of the elements dēor ‘dear’ + wine ‘friend’. This name is attested in the 10th century, but it was not common; nevertheless it may have survived long enough to become a Middle English personal name and so given rise to the surname.
  • English : habitational name from Darwen in Lancashire, named from the Darwin river (earlier Derwent) on which it stands. This seems to be a British name derived from a word meaning ‘oak’.