Darby (name)

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This article is about the given name and surname Darby. For other uses, see Darby (disambiguation).

Darby is an English locational surname and has since become a given name. Its prefix derives from the Old Norse djúr ("deer"), and the suffix -býr ("farm"/"settlement"). The oldest recorded surname dates to the period of 1160–1182 in Lincolnshire. Darby was a common pre-1800 alternative spelling of Derby, a city in England.[1] People with the name or its variants include:


Family name
Pronunciation /ˈdɑːrbi/ [2] DAR-bee
Meaning "deer" "farm"/"settlement"
Region of origin English
Related names Derby



Given name[edit]

Pronunciation /ˈdɑːrbi/ [2] DAR-bee
Gender masculine
  • Darby Bannard, American abstract painter
  • Darby Crash, American musician, from the band The Germs
  • Darby Conley American cartoonist creator of Get Fuzzy
  • Darby Dougherty, American actress in the film Gummo
  • Darby Hendrickson, American hockey player and coach
  • Darby Mills, female Canadian rock vocalist
  • Darby O'Leary, fictional character from the well-known folk song, "The Galbally Farmer"
  • Darby Savage, Australian socialite and performer
  • Darby Shaw, fictional lead female character in the book and film The Pelican Brief
  • Darby Stanchfield, American film and television actress
  • Darby Brown (1929–1988), Australian boxer of the 1940s and '50s


  1. ^ "Surname: Darby". surnamedb.com. 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  2. ^ a b Jones, Daniel; Gimson, Alfred C. (1977) [1917]. Everyman's English Pronunciation Dictionary. Everyman's Reference Library (14 ed.). London: J. M. Dent & Sons. ISBN 0-460-03029-9.