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Quick Facts on Darnell

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • African-American, English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 982
Simple meaning:
Hidden nook; Intoxicating

Characteristics of Darnell

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Darnell

Darnell is the transferred use of a surname with two possible meanings. For one, it could be derived from a place name from the Olde English elements “derne” meaning “hidden” and “halh” meaning “nook” most likely describing a village concealed by natural features of the landscape. Secondly, the surname could have developed from another place name, this time from the Old French word “darnal” (from “darne” meaning “stupefied”). Darnel is basically a noxious weed that disguises itself as wheat; its presence was commonplace in medieval English corn/wheat fields. Also common in the Middle East, darnel is mentioned in a Biblical parable (in the gospel of Matthew) when farmers are told to let the wheat and darnel grow together; separating them at harvest time when the darnel distinguishes itself as a weed different from the wheat, noticeable by its darker seeds (suggesting the difficulty of discerning between good and evil; not to judge until you know for certain). Darnell would have been a surname given to a person who either grew darnel or hailed from a place where darnel was grown (in the Middle Ages darnel was used for medicinal purposes or as a sedative). The French word for darnel is now “ivraie” which is borrowed from the Latin “ebrius” meaning “drunk, intoxicating”. This is because the darnel grass causes symptoms of intoxication, drunkenness, tremors, dizziness, vomiting, stumbling and slurred speech (in large enough quantities, darnel can also cause death). Because of such symptoms, “darnel” was also a common medieval nickname for a dim-witted person. Darnell is actually one of the oldest English surnames in existence.

Popularity of the Name Darnell

Darnell dates back to the mid-1940s in terms of usage as a masculine name in America. The name quickly grew to respectable levels of popularity finally reaching his heights in the late 1970s and early 80s. Part of Darnell’s success has been fueled by African-Americans; a community which has helped popularize other French-inspired names in the latter half of the 20th century. Examples of other Black masculine names in America ultimately borrowed from French origins include André, Antoine, Leroy, Marcel, Jermaine and Tyrell. Darnell is a cool, laid-back name; a more interesting twist on Darrell. In the mid-1980s Darnell was on the Top 300 list of most commonly used American boy names. Today he’s hardly on the Top 900. Apparently Darnell has fallen from favor in the past two decades which makes him pretty underused and original by today’s naming standards.
Popularity of the Boy Name Darnell
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Darnell

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Darnell

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Darnell

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  • Popular Songs on Darnell

    Popular Songs on Darnell

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  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Darnell

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Darnell

    Darnell Rock Reporting (Walter Dean Myers) - Darnell Rock is not the kind of kid who volunteers to write for the newspaper—it sounds too much like homework. But this is Darnell’s last chance to pull himself together and make a positive contribution to his school. At first, Darnell would rather be hanging out with his sister and his friends. But soon he gets interested in the Oakdale Gazette. Much to his surprise, Darnell discovers that people pay attention to the words he writes. Before he knows it, Darnell changes from a kid who can’t do anything right to a person who can make a difference. Recommended for ages 8-11.

  • Famous People Named Darnell

    Famous People Named Darnell

    Famous People Named Darnell - Darnell Coles (baseball player); Darnell Dinkins (football player); Darnell Dockett (football player); Darnell Hillman (basketball player); Darnell Jackson (basketball player); Darnell Martin (film/TV director); Darnell McDonald (baseball player); Darnell Valentine (basketball player); Darnell Williams (daytime actor); Darnell Wilson (boxer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Darnell

    Children of Famous People Named Darnell

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Darnell - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Darnell.

  • Historic Figures

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Personality of the Boy Name Darnell

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Darnell

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