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Updated June 9, 2019

Girl name origins & meanings

  • French : Little darling

How Popular Is The Name Darling

Family name origins & meanings

  • English and Scottish : from Middle English derling, Old English dēorling ‘darling’, ‘beloved one’, a derivative of dēor ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ (see Dear 1). This was quite a common Old English byname, which remained current as a personal name into the 14th century. The surname probably derives at least in part from this use, probably in part also from a Middle English nickname.

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