[ 2 syll. dar-nel(l), da-rne-ll ] The baby boy name Darnell is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is DAARN-ehL- †.
1: Darnell is used chiefly in the English language and it is derived from Old French origins. The first name is derived from the surname, which could be of the Old French 'darnel' in reference to a type of grass. It could also be of Old English roots. The name has in recent times been made known by the character Darnell 'Crabman' Turner in the US sitcom My Name Is Earl (2005-2009).
Dar (English), Darn, Darnal (English), Darnall (English), Darneil, Darnel (English), Darnele, Darnelle, and Darnley are variants of Darnell.
2: Darnell is of Old English origin. Here, the meaning is from the hidden or secret nook. It is derived from the elements 'derne' meaning hidden, secret ; 'halh' nook, retreat.
See also the related form, Larnell (English).
See also the related categories, english, grass, and french.
Darnell is an uncommon baby name for boys. At the modest height of its usage in 1984, 0.040% of baby boys were given the name Darnell. Its ranking then was #279. The baby name has since fallen from favor, and is currently of irregular use. Within all boy names in its group, Darnell was nonetheless the most popular in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Darnell include Darnel, Darnelle, Darnall, Darneil, and Darnley.
† English pronunciation for Darnell: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"