Girl Baby Name

Delilah

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Quick Facts on Delilah

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 135
Pronunciation:
deh-LIE-lah
Simple meaning:
One who weakens

Characteristics of Delilah

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Delilah

The name Dalilah has Hebrew origins from the name “Dlila” meaning "[one who] weakens." Not such a positive meaning, we get it. But once you’re familiar with Delilah from the Bible, then you’ll understand. The name Delilah is borne from the story of Samson and Delilah in the Old Testament book of Judges 16:4-20. Arguably the first femme fatale in human history (if you’re willing to excuse Eve), Delilah is the manipulative seductress of Samson. The story goes that Samson was dedicated to God at birth by being born a Nazarite to a barren mother. Nazarites (as explained in Numbers) were not allowed to drink fermented beverages, come in contact with a corpse, or cut their hair. Unfortunately, Samson could only stick to one of these rules (the hair part). Strong and mighty of proportions that only the Bible can conjure up, Samson roamed the lands eating animal carcasses, picking fights, killing people, antagonizing the Philistines and fornicating with prostitutes. Enter Delilah. Apparently, she had him at “hello” because he quickly divulges to her the secret source of his strength – his hair. Having received a bounty from the Philistines, Delilah arranges for his hair to be cut off while he unwittingly sleeps on her lap. Mighty like an ox was Samson, but apparently not the sharpest knife in the Israelite drawer and old Delilah took advantage of this fact (hey, a girl’s gotta make a living, right?). Despite her rather…eh-hem…colorful story, the name Delilah gained regular use among English speakers from the late 17th century onward. Usually considered more of an “exotic” name, people of English descent don’t appear to be swayed by the general negative connotations of the Biblical story. In fact, perhaps they embrace it. Is it fitting that her name is pronounced de-LIE-lah? Notice the accented syllable. You decide.

Popularity of the Name Delilah

As you can see from the U.S. popularity graph below, the name Delilah has not been one of the more heavily used girl’s names in the history of America. However, it has been in fairly constant use if even at low levels of popularity. Everything changed for this name in July 2007 thanks to the hit song “Hey There Delilah” (by the Plain White T’s) which became the most-played song on the radio that month, achieved #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, sold over 4,000,000 singles and was the hottest download on iTunes. Every once in a while a song is a game-changer for a name, and Delilah is an example of this (like Eric Clapton’s “Layla” or the 70s band Bread with the song “Aubrey”). “Hey There Delilah” brought the name Delilah into the American consciousness, and parents across the U.S. responded with a new-found appreciation for this old Biblical name. Luckily, Americans aren’t bothered by any negative aspects associated with a name’s history. Delilah is a gorgeous name and we love her bad-girl image from the Bible. It just gives her that added spunk.
Popularity of the Girl Name Delilah
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Delilah

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Delilah

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Delilah

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

  • Popular Songs on Delilah

    Popular Songs on Delilah

    Beautiful Delilah - a song by Chuck Berry

    Beautiful Delilah - a song by the Stray Cats

    Beautiful Delilah - a song by The Kinks

    Delilah - a song by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band

    Delilah - a song by the Cranberries

    Delilah - a song by Inkubus Sukkubus

    Delilah - a song by Marshall Crenshaw

    Delilah - a song by Queen

    Delilah - a song by The Dresden Dolls

    Delilah - a song by Tom Jones

    Hey There Delilah - a song by Plain White T's

    Modern-Day Delilah - a song by KISS

    Samson and Delilah - a song by The Grateful Dead

    Theme from "Sanson and Delilah" - a song by Nina Simone

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Delilah

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Delilah

    Benny and Beautiful Baby Delilah (Jean Van Leeuwen) - Big brother Benny is getting the party line about his baby sister. What fun it will be to play with her and take care of her. How great it will be to sleep in a big boy's bed. But reality is quite different. Baby Delilah takes up their parents' time and the relatives' attention. Her worst quality is her constant crying. Nobody can sleep, and nothing stops her. Veterans of new-baby books will know what comes next: Benny makes a monkey face, and Delilah stops crying. The well-deserved happy ending will be enjoyed by all. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Dandelion Delilah: The Tale of the Dandelion Fairies (Colleen McCauley Piscetta) - Two sisters, Madeline and Kate, find themselves swept away by the dandelion puffs in their yard and in their imaginations. The girls begin with their daily summertime play, which develops into an imaginary experience. Then the girls convince their mother that something extraordinary is awaiting them in the woods. They all find that the only limitations to believing are their imaginations. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Delilah (John Bemelmans Marciano) - Red leads a quiet, lonely life until he purchases a little lamb-all he can afford. He names her Delilah, and she becomes his best friend, helping him on his farm. When he shears her in the spring, there's so much wool that he can afford a dozen more sheep-and they have been trained to be super productive. That's when Delilah's troubles begin. The other lambs make fun of her because she has a name, she works, and she likes the farmer. Poor Delilah is caught between her love for Red and the thought that maybe she should be a "normal sheep." Young readers will delight in the ups and downs of this unusual friendship and absorb a gentle lesson about conformity and individuality. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Delilah D. at the Library (Jeanne Willis) - Delilah likes to tell everyone that she is from a land far, far away. When she is at the library, "Library Anne" tries to help her find a book about this mystical place, which Delilah reveals is somewhere between Jafrica and Smindia. What will attract kids are the candy-colored pages showing children reading books and using computers and Delilah's love of books. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Delilah Digs for Treasure (Rachel Pank) - Delilah gets a pirate outfit for her birthday and goes to find some treasure. But whatever she finds belongs to someone else. At last, in her grandmother's garden, she digs up some treasure they can both enjoy. Blue Bananas are exciting stories for beginner readers with bright pictures on every page. Speech bubbles add to the fun. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Delilah Washes her Hands (Cindy Rice Andrea) - Delilah loves going to the playground with her friends. But her lunch is ready and there is one important thing she must do before she eats. Do you know what it is? Lesson: Hand washing - awareness of germs - Hand washing is the most important thing we can do to prevent germs from causing colds, flu and food-related illness. Learn steps for proper hand washing according to USDA and FDA guidelines and when to wash hands for personal safety and for the safety of those around you. 2 delicious recipes are included at the back of the book that Delilah makes in the story, and can be easily prepared at home. There is also a more in-depth discussion included in this book, for adults who wish to know the simple science behind the safety principles described in the story. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sam and Delilah (Jenny Dale) - When a stunning new pedigree border collie, Delilah, moves into the neighborhood, Neil and Emily are awestruck. And they¹re not the only ones! Their own dog, Sam, has grown very fond of Delilah, too. But Delilah¹s owner doesn¹t think Sam is good enough for her pedigree pooch and is determined to keep the two dogs apart. Can she stop a match made in dog heaven? Part of a series. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Samson and Delilah (Christine L. Benagh) - Derek, Margo, and Moki once again go back in time and meet Samson, who is engaged in constant struggle with the Philistines for freedom for the Israelites. Recommended for ages 6-10.

  • Famous People Named Delilah

    Famous People Named Delilah

    Famous People Named Delilah - Delilah Rene (radio personality); Delilah L. Beasley (early African-American journalist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Delilah

    Children of Famous People Named Delilah

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Delilah - Gregg Allman (musician); Harry Hamlin (actor); Lisa Rinna (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Delilah - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Delilah

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Delilah

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