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Quick Facts on Darryl

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 946
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Darryl

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Darryl

Darryl is a variant spelling of Darrell which finds its roots as a medieval English surname, borrowed from the Norman-French “d’Airelle” which indicated a person from Airelle, France (formally located in Calvados, Normandy). “Airelle” is the French word for “huckleberry”. The first recorded spelling of this surname appeared in the early 13th century rendered as “Darell”. Usage of Darrell as a first name dates back to the 19th century and was most popular in the 20th century (Darryl surfaced as an alternate spelling in the 1900s). It is no longer a heavily used name among English speakers today.

Popularity of the Name Darryl

Darryl first appeared on the American male naming charts in 1932 and saw pretty quick success during the rest of the 1930s. This was probably owed to Darryl F. Zanuck, one of Hollywood’s most visible studio heads (in 1933 he co-founded 20th Century Films). The name remained moderately popular throughout the 1940s and 50s before eventually gaining entrance onto the Top 100 list (1960-1966). Although the spelling of Darrell was generally more popular, Darryl showed solid usage, too (especially at the tail end of the baby-boomer generation). From the 1990s onward, however, Darryl has quickly gone out of style. The name has shown consistent backwards trajectory since 1985 even when baseball player Darryl Strawberry was at the height of his fame. Today the names Darrell and Darryl are barely on anyone’s radar.
Popularity of the Boy Name Darryl
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Darryl

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Darryl

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Darryl

    Darryl We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Darryl.

  • Popular Songs on Darryl

    Popular Songs on Darryl

    Darryl and Joe (Krush-Groove 3) - a song by Run-D.M.C.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Darryl

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Darryl

    Darryl and the Mountain (Lynn Emily Ozgur) - Darryl the deer embarks on a perilous mountain journey and learns about respect and positivity in this entertaining and educational tale. When Darryl?s mother asks him to find a special medicinal plant thought to grow on the other side of the mountains, he readily agrees, eager to help his family. Freddy, an overly competitive and adventurous fox, decides to tag along and attempts to turn every aspect of the trip into a chance to prove his courage, but Darryl is too smart to fall for his selfish traps and carelessness. By acknowledging the value of feedback, the wisdom of elders, and the benefit of a positive outlook, Darryl is able to avoid unpleasantness with the scary and unfriendly animals he meets and return home safely. Freddy, on the other hand, faces serious obstacles due to his arrogant behavior and finds his homecoming tainted by remorse and a hurt sense of pride. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Darryl's Daring Deed (Paul Phillip Schifferli) - Follow the adventures of Darryl the dust boy, who yearns to be a hero. With his dust puppy Royce and with help from Dust Buzzard Bellfax, his journey takes him through the microscopic world of dust in the average family home. But outside the borders of his town he quickly learns it's not so easy to find his own way and there are dangers lurking -- from Dust Beasts to the dreaded Baron Von Vacuum! Will Darryl and the town survive? Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Darryl

    Famous People Named Darryl

    Famous People Named Darryl - Darryl Strawberry (baseball player); Darryl F. Zanuck (Hollywood studio executive); Darryl McDaniels (musician with Run-D.M.C.); Darryl Sittler (hockey player); Darryl Worley (country musician); Darryl Kile (baseball player); Darryl Sutter (hockey player); Darryl Dawkins (basketball player); Daryl Hall (musician from Hall & Oates); Daryl Hannah (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Darryl

    Children of Famous People Named Darryl

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

  • Historic Figures

    Darryl - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Darryl F. Zanuck (5 Sep 1902 – 22 Dec 1979) - Darryl F. Zanuck was one of the most prolific producers of the “Golden Age of Hollywood”, racking up three Academy Awards during his career for such classics as How Green Was My Valley (1941), Gentlemen’s Agreement (1947) and All About Eve (1950). After an early apprenticeship, he, along with others, founded in 1933 what eventually became Twentieth Century Fox. He well earned and deserved his reputation as one of the “suits” who not only looked at the bottom line, but apprised the artistic value of a film as well. Darryl Zanuck was also the father of the equally successful Academy Award winning producer, Richard Zanuck.

Personality of the Boy Name Darryl

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 - Darryl

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