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What does Delany mean?

Delany Pronunciation of Delany [de-lany] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Delany). The name Delany means "from the alder grove; black defiance". Delany is a variant form of Delaney (Old French, Irish).

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


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

2 more related forms via Delaney: Delaine and Delane.

Creative forms:
(male) Daelany, Denlany, ..

(female) Delaan, Delado, ..

Middle name pairings:
Delany Alton (D.A.), ..

How popular is Delany?

Delany is a rare first name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#15490 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Delany (outside Top 2000) are Delano and Delane. These relations of Delany were popular as birth names in the 1930s (adoption of 0.01%). (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Belamy, Daelan, Dalan, Dalen, Dallan, Dalon, Dalyn, Daylan, Dean, Deane, Declan, Deleon, Delman, Delon, Delray, Delroy, Delwin, Delwyn, Delwynn, Denny, Derland, Devan, Devane, Devland, Deylin, Dilan, Dillan, Dilon, Dolan, Dylan, Dyllan, Dylon, Dylonn, Felan, Kelan and Leland. These names tend to be more frequently used than Delany.

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