[ 2 syll. dar-by, da-rby ] The baby girl name Darby is also used as a boy name, though it is slightly more popular for girls. It is pronounced DAARBiy- †. Darby is of Old Norse origin and it is used mainly in English. The meaning of Darby is 'deer town, farmstead where deer are kept'. It is derived from diur which means 'deer' ; býr 'town, village, settlement'. It represents the transferred use of the geographic name and the surname as a given name. See Darby for more information.
Darby is rare as a baby girl name. At the modest peak of its usage in 1995, 0.026% of baby girls were named Darby. It was #498 in rank then. The baby name has markedly dropped in popularity since then, and is used only on an infrequent scale today. Out of all girl names in its family, Darby was nevertheless the most widely used in 2018. Although Darby is somewhat used more commonly as a baby girl name today, there was a period from 1968 to 1974 that it was more popular with boys. After 1994, increasingly the name became more popular with baby girls than with boys.
† Pronunciation for Darby: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; B as in "be (B.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"