Dearling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Dearling is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a person who was greatly loved by his friends and family. The surname was originally derived from the word deorling, which meant darling. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Dearling family

The surname Dearling was first found in Devon where Oter Dirlinges sunu was listed (1100-1130.) [3]

However, another source claims there is an even older Saxon reference "AElfmar Dyrling, a noble youth is mentioned in the Saxon Chronicle." [4]

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle dates back to the late 9th century probably in Wessex and was updated through 1154. The name Derling with no personal name was listed in Bedfordshire 1133-1160 and later in the Pipe Rolls of Devon in 1177. In the same year many miles to the north, the first listing of the name in Scotland was found specifically Derlig de Ardift who was a witness to a charter. [5]

But continuing the quest in England, we found Durling atte Forde in 1330, William Dierling (Derling) in the Pipe Rolls of Devon 1195-1196. [3] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists: Ricardus Derlyng; Adam Derlyng; and Johannes Derlyng. [2]

A few years later in Scotland, Waldevus Darling or Derlyng was a charter witness in Roxburgh c. 1338. Sir John Derlynge was precentor of Caithness in 1368 and later John Derling and Andrew Derling were burgesses of Edinburgh in 1381. [5]

Early History of the Dearling family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dearling research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1772, 1858, 1825, 1831, 1778, 1775 and 1793 are included under the topic Early Dearling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dearling Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Dearling has appeared include Darling, Derling, Darlin, Durling, Darline, Derline, Derlin and many more.

Early Notables of the Dearling family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include General Sir Ralph Darling, GCH (1772-1858), a British colonial Governor and the seventh Governor of New South Wales (from 19 December 1825 to 22 October 1831). He "was son of Christopher Darling, who was promoted from sergeant-major to the adjutancy of the 45th foot in...
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dearling Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Dearling family to Ireland

Some of the Dearling family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Dearling migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dearling Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Dearling, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • Elizabeth Dearling, aged 21, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Rachel Dearling, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Dearling (post 1700) +


    HMS Prince of Wales
    • Mr. Ralph Dearling, British Chief Petty Officer Writer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [6]


    1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
    2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
    3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
    4. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
    5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
    6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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