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This interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is one of the variants of the surname Darling, itself from the Olde English pre 7th Century "deorling", darling, one dearly loved, originally a nickname for "the beloved or dear one", but which also gave rise to the Olde English personal names "Dierling, Dyrling" and "Deorling". Darling itself is popular in Scotland and Ireland, where the term was used to denote the young noble of a house, perhaps the eldest son, on whom all expectation rested. In Scotland the personal name is recorded as "Derlig" in 1177, while one Waldevus Darling or Derlyng was a charter witness in Roxburgh in 1338...

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