Pronunciation: \d(a)-rne-ll, dar-nell\
Gender / Sex: girl (Darnell's also a boy name)
Meaning: hidden nook
Variant forms: Darnae, Darnelle, Darnetta, Darnisha
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 2343
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 1600
Darnell \d(a)-rne-ll, dar-nell\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Darnell), is pronounced dar-NELL. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Darnell is "hidden nook". Place name and surname. It might also have been influenced by the male name Darrel, or by the darnel plant, a type of grass once regarded as an intoxicant.
Darnell has 4 variant forms: Darnae, Darnelle, Darnetta and Darnisha.
Darnell is a somewhat popular first name for women (#2343 out of 4276) and an even more popular surname or last name for both men and women (#1600 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)