Variant of Darrell. Like its variant Daryl, it is occasionally borne by women, no doubt by analogy with names such as Cheryl. A recent influence on the girl's name is the actress Daryl Hannah (b. 1960).
Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): metronymic from a pet form of the Yiddish female personal name Dvoyre (from the Hebrew name Devorah, literally ‘bee’, whence English Deborah). The name Devorah was borne in the Bible by Rebecca's nurse (Genesis 35:8) and by a prophetess and judge (Judges 4:4). The popularity of the Yiddish name is due largely to the latter.