Darwen Surname Origin
(Origin Celtic) Belonging to Darwen (Lancs.), anciently Derwent/Derewent, which takes its name from the River Darwen or Derwent [perhaps Welsh Derwennydd, from derwen, an oak]. (Origin English) the Anglo-Saxon personal name Deorwine = Dear Friend [Old English deor/deore, dear + wine, friend].
Source: Surnames of the United Kingdom, A Concise Etymological Dictionary; Henry Harrison; Vol.1 & 2.; The Eaton Press, 190 Ebury Street, London, S.W; 1912.
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