Darrel \d(ar)-rel\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Darrel), is pronounced DARE-el. It is of Old English and Old French origin, and the meaning of Darrel is "open; from Airelle". Comes from the Norman French word "d'Airelle", meaning "from Airelle". A place name and surname that dates from at least the 11th century. Film producer Darryl Zanuck; baseball player Darryl Strawberry; musician Daryl Hall.