Told by the Football Association that they had to alter their name from Darlington FC following last month’s change of ownership, the club were hoping to conduct an extensive poll of supporters to find an alternative.
But an FA imposed deadline of June 25 left little room for manoeuvre so the new board took the decision to go with 1883, which had proved popular in early polling.
The option of Darlington AFC was deemed too close to Quakers’ original name.
Club director Laura Drew said: “We ended up in a position where we had to make a decision more or less on the spot.
“The FA required us to differentiate from the previous playing name which, incidentally, was simply Darlington.
“The use of 1883 has been adopted and broadly accepted by the town to reflect the history of the club as well as scoring well in the polls.”
Darlington 1883 begin their Northern League season with an ‘away’ fixture against Bishop Auckland at Heritage Park on August 18.
Quakers will, of course, play their home games at the same venue and season ticket sales have gone well since the weekend, with more than 400 being bought so far.
Their first home game sees Marske visit Heritage Park on August 21