When Julia Ann Darling was born in 1809, in Kentucky, United States, her father, Nathan Martin, was 29 and her mother, Nancy Elizabeth Hill, was 29. She married Thomas Jefferson Darling Jr on 31 March 1827, in Dearborn, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in York Township, Dearborn, Indiana, United States for about 20 years. She died on 22 February 1882, in Dearborn, Indiana, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Bonnell, York Township, Dearborn, Indiana, United States.
English and Scottish: from Middle English derling, Old English dēorling ‘darling, beloved one’, a derivative of dēor ‘dear, beloved’ (see Dear 1). This was quite a common Old English byname, which remained current as a personal name into the 14th century. The surname probably derives at least in part from this use, probably in part also from a Middle English nickname.