The surname ‘Darling’ is of English origin. It is derived from the Middle English word ‘derling’, Old English ‘deorling’ meaning darling, beloved one, a derivative of ‘deor’ meaning dear, beloved. This was quite a common Old English byname, which remained current as a given name into the fourteenth century. The surname probably derives at least in part from this use, probably in part also from a Middle English nickname. The surname is common in Scotland and also occurs in Ireland. Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that the surname ‘Darling’ and or it’s variant’s, date as far back as the fourteenth century were a ‘Ricardus Derlyng’, from the county of Yorkshire, England, is recorded on Poll Tax records in 1379. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but data extracted from Historical archive’s confirm that one of the first forefathers to bring this name to America was a certain ‘John Darling’. He emigrated to North America in 1680, aged twenty-eight, settling at Salem, Massachusetts. ‘William Lafayette Darling’, from St. Paul, Minnesota, was continuously employed as Consulting Engineer and Engineer of location and construction… Coat of arms: Azure, guttée d’or, on a fesse of the last three crosses crosslets fitch…
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