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Darby (M)>

Darby (male)

Variants:Dermid (M) Dermot (M) Diarmad (M) Diarmaid (M) Diarmait (M) Diarmid (M) Diarmuid (M) Jeremiah (M)
Pet Name for:Dermot (M)
Derivative of:Demetrius (M)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG
Personal correspondence [Jf, GGF, MS]

English, from the surname, originally for someone from the city of Derby or from West Derby near Liverpool. Derby [pronounced asĀ  "Darby" in Britain] is from Old Norse for "deer settlement".

The Irish Gaelic name Diarmait [and variants, see above] may be Anglicized as Darby although Dermot is more usual. Darby may be found as a pet name for Dermot. These names were all ultimately derived from Demetrius [q.v.]. In an Irish family a correspondent [GGF] has reported Darby and Jeremiah being used interchangeably.