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What does Delani mean?

Delani Pronunciation of Delani [de-lani] as a name for boys has the meaning "from the alder grove; black defiance". Delani is an alternate spelling of Delaney (Old French, Irish).

Associated with: alder (tree), grove (valley), black (dark).


Delani has 5 variants: Delainey, Delainy, Delanie, Delano and Delany.

2 more related forms via Delaney: Delaine and Delane.

Creative forms:
(male) Dolani, ..

(female) Deladi, Delain, ..

Middle name pairings:
Delani Justice (D.J.), ..

How popular is Delani?

Delani is an unusual first name for males. Delani is an equally unusual surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Delano and Delane are the prominent alternative forms of Delani (not ranked). Other variants, like Delaine, are seldom used. These forms of Delani reached the height of their popularity 9 decades ago (usage of 0.01%), but now, the form Delano has become somewhat dated. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Delane, Delano in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Delani and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Daelan, Dalan, Dalen, Dallan, Dalon, Dalyn, Dani, Daylan, Dean, Deane, Declan, Deleon, Deli, Dellwin, Delman, Delon, Delroi (see Delroy), Delwin, Delwyn, Delwynn, Denali, Derland, Devan, Devane, Devland, Deylin, Dilan, Dillan, Dilon, Dolan, Dylan, Dyllan, Dylon, Dylonn, Felan, Jeladi, Kalani, Kelan, Leland and Temani. These names tend to be more commonly used than Delani.

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