About the Name

Some people think my last name is funny.  I was teased about it from time to time in school, some store clerks chuckle when I give them my credit card, and I had one bank teller who didn’t believe it was a real name.  Anyway, here’s some background info.

I. From Alan Dearlove

The family name of Dearlove and all its variants is derived from two old english words “dierne” meaning “secret” and “lufu” meaning love. The earliest currently recorded version of the name is from the 1206 records of Yorkshire taxes paid to King John. William Derneluue paid 10 shillings and 4 pence as a merchant tax and 4 pence as an individual tax.

Since that time until the present day the Dearloves have survived in Yorkshire, and emigrating throughout the new world. One of the Dearloves was in the first 20,000 to arrive in Virginia, US in the early 1600’s.

II.  From Edwin Dearlove

The surname Dearlove was a nickname or an expression of affection. The name was found in Yorkshire, England six centuries ago, and it has been represented there since that time.

The first mention we have found to date is in the York Public Library where there is a reference in the Surname reference section of the Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield, dated 1275. At this time it was spelt as Dernlof. There is also a further entry spelt Dernelof in the Wakefield County Rolls in 1379. Dernelof survives today as Dearlove which has usually been interpreted as a straight forward complimentary name similar to Truelove.

III. Famous Dearloves

Sir Richard Dearlove: Former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service

Richard Dearlove: British DJ who goes by the name Diddy

Mark Dearlove: 19th Century Violin maker

18 thoughts on “About the Name

  1. Other branches of the Dearlove family exist in London and (my own branch) Berkshire, England. Some of these emigrated to Vancouver, Canada and Laramie, Wy. USA at the turn of the last century. are you descended from them? Currently expanding the family tree (as I know it) any extra information would be very welcome.

    Stephen Dearlove.

  2. i was looking on your site at the gravestone of A Dearlove . Albert Edward Dearlove was my great -grandfather and like you say was born in Fulham in London . it was strange to see his headstone . any more info please do not hesitate to contact me xTina Pither ( nee Dearlove )

      1. thats really weird that we both have albert edward in our family x have you got any more names of family past , may be a link somewhere

    1. Hi Tina,
      My grand-father was Albert Edward Dearlove but born in Chertsey, Surrey. Obviously NOT yours as mine died at Merrylands in NSW Australia. I wonder if we are some relation because I know names are repeated. My Albert Edward’s parents were George Dearlove and Jane Drewry.

  3. Im claire dearlove from hull yorkshire.. just thought id leave a quick message its weird seeing your surname on the internet..my grandads name was albert edward dearlove x

  4. the names albert and edward carry right through my dearlove family also george and joseph , my side of the family started in york and then in later years in london

    1. Hi Tina

      See the threads are a little dated now, are you still researching you family tree. We are a branch of the London Dearloves.

  5. My name is Stephen Dearlove too, but I’m from the Berkshire branch rather than the London one (see above). Always interested in anything to do with the name / family

  6. My grandfather was Edward Dearlove .He migrated to Australia in the 1920s or 30s and I have never heard the name since

    1. Hi Malcolm, I’m your cousin, Jenny Dearlove. I have a painting done by him of the Lennox Bridge in Parramatta. Where are you these days. I’ve traced the family tree way back if you are interested. We are from the Berkshire Dearloves.

  7. My Great Grandmother was Hannah Dearlove, born 1842 in York. Died 14/5/1891 in York. She married (1) James Hutton, & (2) Robert Russell of Bridlington.

  8. Sir Richard Dearlove is my Mom’s uncle (cousin to her father, Joe Dearlove). I would love to know how to get hold of Sir Richard Dearlove

  9. Hello All, my Grandfather was John Thomas Joseph, known as Jack from Harrogate, Was Secretary for the Musicians Union, I lived with him when I was little. I used to visit the Dearlove Violin Shop in Kirkstall Abbey until they dismantled it, which I discovered with great sadness when I took my son to see it. Would love to connect with other Dearloves

  10. The family have recently been looking into the old family tree and our Dearlove’s have always stayed in the same area near York. Interesting to see this websites links to York and Yorkshire.

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