[ 2 syll. dar-ryl, da-rr-yl ] The baby boy name Darryl is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is DEY-R-ahL †. Darryl is used predominantly in the English language and its origin is Old French. The name's meaning is from Airelle. The first name is derived from a Norman-French surname d'Airelle meaning someone from the town of Airelle in France. The town name is from the Latin word for 'open space' or 'courtyard', and in modern French, 'airelle' means 'mountain cranberry'. The first name has been used by English speakers since the late 19th century. The name Daralyn (English) is the female version of Darryl.
Darryl has 18 variants. Variants include Darel, Daril, Darl, Darly, Darryle, Darryll, Daryell, Daryle, Daryll, Derril, and Deryl. Other English forms include the variant spellings Darald, Darell, Darrel, Darrell, Darryl, Daryl, Derryl, and Deryll.
Darryl is a classic favorite. Today it is still somewhat popular as a baby name for boys, though not to the extent it was previously. The name's popularity jumped from the 1930s up to the 1960s; before that, it was of irregular use only. At the modest height of its usage in 1965, 0.260% of baby boys were given the name Darryl. It ranked at #69 then. The baby name has since experienced a substantial loss in popularity. In 2012, its usage was 0.011% and its ranking #946. Within the group of boy names directly linked to Darryl, Darren was the most popular. In 2012, the name was thrice as popular as Darryl. Darryl has mostly been a baby boy name in the past century.
Baby names that sound like Darryl include Darrel, Darrell, Darryll, Daryl, Darell, Darly, Daryell, Derril, Derryl, Doriel, Dorley, Dorli, Dorlie, Dorly, Dorrell, Durell, Durrell, Durril, Duriel, and Darl.
† Pronunciation for Darryl: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"
A famous person named Darryl is Darryl F. Zanuck, Producer, born Darryl Francis Zanuck, September 5, 1902 - December 22, 1979, Wahoo, Nebraska.