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Etymology & Historical Origin - Darwin
Darwin is the transferred use of an English surname originating from a personal name which developed from the Olde English “deorwine” meaning “dear friend” (deor = dear; wine = friend). Deorwine probably started off as a nickname for a close kinsman or as a term of endearment for a child. Evidence of Deorwine as a personal name dates back to at least the 11th century when it was first recorded in Essex, England. Aside from Darwin’s lovely connection with “dear friends” of yesteryear, Darwin has another possible etymological source. In this case, the surname Darwin may have derived from a place name, so-called Darwen in northwest England (in the country of Lancashire). The town of Darwen draws its name from the river Darwent which comes from a Celtic Brythonic word “derw” meaning “oak” (the oak-lined river). The oak tree was a powerful symbol to the ancient Celtic people populating the British Isles; it represented strength, vitality, nobility and wisdom. The Druids (Celtic priests) would eat the oak’s acorns for wisdom before prophesying and the tree leaves were believed to contain healing and renewal powers. The first written form of this surname was rendered as “Derewin” in the early 13th century (so the personal or nickname Deorwine predates the surname Derewin. One might argue that Darwin is merely retuning to its original usage as a forename rather than a surname. Aside from all of this etymological interest, Darwin is also the namesake of an important British naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882) whose work revolutionized how we look at the origin and evolution of species and the diversity and survival of life. Darwin’s ideas have been distorted in the name of religion and racism over the years by ignorant people with their own agendas; however, in reality, Darwin’s main contribution (i.e., “On the Origin of Species”) is often considered the seminal event which moved the science of biology into the modern age. Certainly some parents have this great naturalist in mind when selecting Darwin as a given name for their baby sons. Mainly an American first name, Darwin is occasionally used as a masculine name in Australia and Canada as well.
Popularity of the Name Darwin
Darwin is one of those surnames with a long history of usage in the United States. The name dates back to 1881 on the Top 1000 list of American boy names but didn’t really stick to the charts until 1907. Throughout most of the 20th century Darwin did impressively well actually – generally used with respectable moderation. Then came the 1970s; a decade not altogether kind to this old “dear friend”. Darwin pretty much dropped like rocks and even fell out of circulation in the late 1990s (despite the fact that surnames were coming into vogue). We’re not sure why this charming last name didn’t make the cut, but at least he’s returned to the Top 1000 list. As far as surnames go, this one is pretty neglected by our standards and a fine choice for the discerning, erudite parent. Super religious people may be scared off by this name, but there’s certainly no reason why one can’t believe in natural selection and God at the same time. Still, for parents who DO choose this name run the risk of being called “anti-Creationists” or pretentiously smart. Then again, the “fittest” of parents will have no trouble “surviving” such narrow-mindedness. We love this name and applaud its users and name bearers alike.
Popularity of the Boy Name Darwin
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Literary Characters of the Baby Name Darwin
Darwin We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Darwin.
Popular Songs on Darwin
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Darwin
What Darwin Saw: The Journey That Changed the World (Rosalyn Schanzer) - In 1831 a 22-year-old naturalist named Charles Darwin stepped aboard the HMS Beagle as a traveling companion of an equally youthful sea captain called Robert FitzRoy. The Beagle’s round-the-world surveying journey lasted five long years on the high seas. The young Darwin noticed everything, and proved himself an avid and detailed chronicler of daily events on the Beagle and onshore. What Darwin Saw takes young readers back to the pages of his journals as they travel alongside Darwin and read his lively and awestruck words about the wonders of the world. We follow Darwin’s voyage, looking over his shoulder as he explores new lands, asks questions about the natural world, and draws groundbreaking conclusions. We walk in his footsteps, collecting animals and fossils, experiencing earthquakes and volcanoes, and meeting people of many cultures and languages. We examine his opinions on life in all its forms. We consider the thoughts of this remarkable scientist, who poured his observations and research into his expansive theories about life on Earth. In this exciting and educational account, Charles Darwin comes alive as an inspirational model for kids who think and question the world around them. Recommended for ages 10-14.
Who Was Charles Darwin? (Deborah Hopkinson) - As a young boy, Charles Darwin hated school and was often scolded forconducting “useless” experiments. Yet his passion for the natural world was so strong that he suffered through terrible seasickness during his five-year voyage aboard The Beagle. Darwin collected new creatures from the coasts of Africa, South America, and the Galapagos Islands, and expanded his groundbreaking ideas that would change people's understanding of the natural world. About 100 illustrations and a clear, exciting text will make Darwin and his theory of evolution an exciting discovery for every young reader. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Famous People Named Darwin
Famous People Named Darwin - Darwin Cook (basketball player); Darwin Cubillan (baseball player); Darwin Walker, football player
Children of Famous People Named Darwin
Famous People Who Named Their Son Darwin - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Darwin.
Darwin - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Charles Darwin (12 Feb 1809 – 19 Apr 1882) - Charles Darwin is the biologist who essentially founded the science of evolution with the publication of his exhaustive and controversial tomes, The Origin of Species, in 1859, and in 1871, The Descent of Man. Published to vitriolic attack for their seeming denial of the existence of an Almighty Creator, the works stir controversy even today, over a century and a half later. Charles Darwin undertook a five year voyage on HMS Beagle, and his observations and collections of species led him to the theorization of all life forms having been descended from common ancestors (including apes), and that natural selection decided which would live and which would die out. Not a popular dish to put before the Victorian public of his time, as he suspected and was to find out. No matter that we are still debating his “theories” this much later - all things being equal, and with no disrespect to Mr. Darwin, he and the redoubtable Mrs. D. contributed to the species by ten of their own – no small contribution!
Personality of the Boy Name Darwin
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