What does Del mean?
Del /del/ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Del) is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Del is "noble kind". Del is an alternate spelling of Adelaide (Old German): from adal heid. Compare surname Deal.
How popular is Del?
Del is an uncommon first name for females but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#72905 out of 150436, Top 48%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Adelaide (#316 in 2014), Ada (#382), Adele (#764), Della, Dell, Adell and Adela are the prominent alternative forms of Del (not in Top 1000). Other forms, like Adi, are uncommon. These forms of Del were popular as baby names during the years 1880-1889 (adoption of 0.633%) and are now much less popular (adoption 0.22%, ▼65%), with the versions Adela, Adell, Dell, Della and Adele becoming somewhat outmoded. Adelaide and Ada are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns in this compilation, and there is also a rekindling in birth name usage for Ada and Adelaide. Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Del and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Del is pronounced similarly to Dael, Dahl, Dail, Daile, Dale▼, Dayle, Dielle and Doll. Other suggested similar baby names are Daly, Dela, Delia▼, Delie, Delya, Dila and Dola. These names tend to be more commonly used than Del.