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Quick Facts on Delaney

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 249
Simple meaning:
Alder grove, giving and nurturing

Characteristics of Delaney

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Delaney

The name Delaney is a very recent transferred use of a surname originating out of England but with French (Norman) roots. There is a place name in Normandy called Aunou-sur-Orne, and a person from this location would be “de Annou” which dialectally would develop into Delaney in England after the Norman Conquest. Annou itself was derived from the Old French “aunaie” meaning ‘alder grove.’ The alder is a flowering plant from the birch family. The ancient Celtic people believed the alder had sacred giving and nurturing qualities, mainly due to its root system which provided rich nutrients back into the soil thus restoring poor ground conditions. The alder’s root system can also be submerged in watery areas, so the Celts believed their roots provided shelter to fish and their decomposed leaves in the water gave rich nutrients to all water creatures. The alder wood was used by the Celtic people for crafting of musical instruments as well as an effective source of charcoal fuel. Lastly, the Celtic people believed that the alder possessed a secret, sacred flame within itself. Much revered was this plant to the ancient Celts – filled with sacred, hidden powers and a giving, restorative nature.

Popularity of the Name Delaney

The given name Delaney is apparently used for both males and females, although it’s never made the Top 1000 list of most commonly used boy names (thus rendering it rare at best). The name is really considered female and very modern. While the surname dates back to Old England, Delaney just developed as a given name in the United States in 1991. This makes Delaney one of the newer inventions in America. The name was likely generated out of the inclination of American parents to use surnames as forenames. The naming charts are riddled with them. Delaney has done pretty well despite her recent introduction onto the charts. The name reached its peak in 2004 at position #169. It’s no longer on the Top 200 list today but it’s hanging in there pretty well. We like the connection to the alder tree in terms of its etymology. It gives the name an interesting spin.
Popularity of the Girl Name Delaney
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Delaney

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Delaney

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Delaney

    Delaney We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Delaney.

  • Popular Songs on Delaney

    Popular Songs on Delaney

    Delaney - a song by Alpha

    Delaney Talks to Statues - a song by Jimmy Buffett

    Miss Delaney - a song by Jack's Mannequin

    Year That Clayton Delaney Died - a song by Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Delaney

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Delaney

    The One and Only Delaney (Valerie Tripp) - Miss Spark's class is putting on a show! Delaney is excited, until she begins comparing herself to her friends. Delaney decides she can't be in the show because everyone does everything better than she does. But with Miss Spark's help, Delaney sings her own tune and discovers that she's best at being the one and only Delaney. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Delaney

    Famous People Named Delaney

    Famous People Named Delaney - Delaney Williams (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Delaney

    Children of Famous People Named Delaney

    Famous People who Named their Child Delaney - Martina McBride (country musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Delaney - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Delaney - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Delaney.

Personality of the Girl Name Delaney

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Delaney

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