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Darling Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from Middle English derling, Old English deorling ‘darling’, ‘beloved one’, a derivative of deor ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ (see Dear 1). This was quite a common Old English byname, which remained current as a personal name into the 14th century. The surname probably derives at least in part from this use, probably in part also from a Middle English nickname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Harling, Darwin, Dalling, Daring, Arling, Harding, Dowling, Burling

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Where is the Darling family from?

You can see how Darling families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Darling family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Darling families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 217 Darling families living in New York. This was about 32% of all the recorded Darling's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Darling families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Darling surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Darling ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Darling. 14% of Darling men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Darling women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Darling were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    14%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

There are 178,000 census records available for the last name Darling. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Darling census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Darling. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 27,000 military records available for the last name Darling. For the veterans among your Darling ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Darling lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Darling life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Darling in 1944 was 46, and 75 in 2004.

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