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What does Delaney mean?

Delaney Pronunciation of Delaney as a boys' name (also used more widely as girls' name Delaney) is pronounced de-LANE-ee. It is of Old French and Irish origin, and the meaning of Delaney is "from the alder grove; black defiance". Can derive from the Norman French name "del aunaie", or from an Irish surname from an old name "Dubhshlaine", or from a place name referring to the Slaney river.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, alder (tree), grove (valley), black (dark), norman, surname, old, river


VARIANTS Delaine, Delainey, Delainy, Delane, Delani, Delanie, Delano, Delany




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How popular is Delaney?

Delaney is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent last name for all people (#1027 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Which version is better?

Delane and Delano are the popular variation forms of Delaney (OUTSIDE TOP 2000). These forms of Delaney were at the peak of their popularity 9 decades ago, but now, the form Delano has become less fashionable. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Beirney (see Burney), Bellamey, Blaney, Chaney, Clancey, Claney, Clarey, Dabney, Dacey, Daelan, Dahey, Dalan, Daley, Danby, Dandy, Dane, Danek, Danny, Davey, Dean, Deane, Deante, Declan, Delavan, Delles, Delman, Delmer, Delon, Delray, Delroy, Dempsey, Denbey, Denby, Dene, Denley, Denly, Dennes, Dennet, Denney, Denny, Derbey, Derland, Deshane, Destrey, Devan, Devane, Devante, Devine, Devland, Dewayne, Dewey, Dilan, Doane, Dolan, Duane, Dwane, Dylan, Gearey, Hewney, Jeramey, Kealey, Kearney, Kelbey, Kelley, Kelsey, Kenney, Sealey, Selbey, Verney, Volney, Welbey (see Welby) and Wellbey (see Welby). These names tend to be more frequently used than Delaney.

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