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SourceOther & Nickname
ContributorContrib.LMS on 6/10/2016
Meaning & History
English and Scottish: from Middle English derling
, Old English deorling
‘darling’, ‘beloved one’, a derivative of deor
‘dear’, ‘beloved’ (see Dear
). 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.