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).
English: 1. habitational name, common in Lancashire and Yorkshire, from Buglawton or Church Lawton in Cheshire, or Lawton in Herefordshire, named in Old English as ‘settlement on or near a hill’, or ‘settlement by a burial mound’, from hlāw ‘hill’, ‘burial mound’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. 2. variant spelling of Laughton.