Quick Facts on Darren
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Oak Tree; symbol of strength and wisdom
Characteristics of Darren
Etymology & Historical Origin - Darren
Darren is a modern 20th century coinage, most likely derived from the Irish unisex name Darragh a diminutive of Dara meaning ‘little oak’. The oak tree was a powerful symbol to the Celtic people. It represented strength, vitality, nobility and wisdom. The ancient Druids (Celtic priests) would eat the acorns for wisdom before prophesying and the tree leaves were believed to contain healing and renewal powers. In fact, the name “druid” may have come from the Celtic word ‘duir’ (oak). The oak tree makes some of the thickest most useful wood for warmth (fire burning) and shelter (construction). The oak’s nobility comes from its undeniable regal appearance; it was also known to attract lightning which reinforced its powerful symbolism to the Celts. Mostly popular in the United States, Darren also has a history of being used throughout Ireland (north and south) as well as Scotland.
Popularity of the Name Darren
Darren first appeared on the American male naming charts in 1952 and then again in 1957. However, between 1958 and 1960, the name shot up the charts a whopping 730 positions in three short years. This seems to have been influenced by actor Darren McGavin who was then starring in a popular TV series called “Riverboat”. Adding further currency to the name was the hugely successful comedy series “Bewitched” (1964-1972) in which Darrin Stephens was the mortal husband of the pretty young witch Samantha. During the airing of this show, the name Darren was at the height of his popularity and a Top 100 favorite boy’s name. Darren is an example of pop-culture influences on a name’s creation and/or success. As such, he was a bit of a fleeting fad. By the 1990s, the name was clearly on a backwards trajectory. Today the name is barely used in moderation, and it is certainly no longer on the American radar as it once was. Once a trendy choice of the 1960s, Darren is now an original choice for the 21st century. Although we have no doubt that this sturdy ‘little oak’ has taken root and will return to more prominent levels of usage again someday.
Popularity of the Boy Name Darren
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Darren
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Darren
Darren We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Darren.
Popular Songs on Darren
Darren - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Darren.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Darren
David, Donny, and Darren: A Book About Identical Triplets (Virginia Totorica Aldape) - Identical triplets are the subject of this interesting book. Told in first person by triplet Darren, the text gives young readers a feel for what it is like to be raised as an identical multiple. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Famous People Named Darren
Famous People Named Darren - Darren Aronofsky (director); Darren Shan (author); Darren McGavin (actor); Darren Jessee (musician); Darren Robinson (rap musician); Darren Clarke (golfer); Darren Huckerby (soccer player); Darren Pang (hockey player); Darren Rumble (hockey player); Darren Sharper (football player); Darren Wilson (basketball player)
Children of Famous People Named Darren
Famous People Who Named Their Son Darren - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Darren.
Darren - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Darren - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Darren.
Personality of the Boy Name Darren
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Darren