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Delaney is a more modern version of the surname trend. This name is basically solely used for girls in America. Rarely will you find this almost top 300 name for boys. Despite that, it does have a cute Irish feel, especially when considering the potential origins.

Meaning and Origin of the name Delaney:

Delaney is an adorable girl's name of Irish and French origin meaning “black river,” “dark challenger,” or “from the alder grove.”

Delaney is a more modern surname in both Ireland and France. Delaney is derived from the Gaelic surname Ó Dubhshláine. There are two different possible meanings for this surname. In both, Ó means “descendant” and Dubh means “black”. Some believe the Sláine is for the River Sláine while others believe it comes from slán, which means “challenge” or “defiance.” These interpretations would give Delaney the meaning “black river” or “dark challenger.”

Delany is also derived from the French surname De Launay and the French term de l'aunaie. De means “from” or “of the” and aunaie meanings “alder grove”. This origin gives Delaney the meaning “from the alder grove.” As a first name, Delaney has only been popular for the last few decades.

Symbolism of the name Delaney:

Though a more popular first name in America, Delaney retains the meanings of its surname origins. It has a meaning for both a consideration of an Irish root and an French root. Because of the surname meanings, trees and water are symbolic for Delaney.

Nicknames for the name Delaney:

Delaney is one of those names for girls that has a long list of nicknames. Having so many options is wonderful because you aren't stuck with using the most common nickname if you want a unique nickname. We put together the list below to help you find the perfect nickname for your baby girl.

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Gender of the name Delaney:

Delaney is a beautiful name for baby girls.

Pronunciation of the name Delaney:


Number of syllables in the name Delaney:


Emotion evoked from the name Delaney:

Delaney feels lighthearted and happy. It is wholesome, kind, and well-rounded.

Alternative spellings for the name Delaney:

  • Delanee
  • Delany
  • Delane
  • Delaune
  • Dalaney
  • Dalanee
  • Delani
  • Delaneigh

Popularity of the name Delaney:

Delaney has been a top 1,000 name for girls for the past three decades. From 2002 to 1006, it was actually on the top 200 list. As of the year 2020, Delaney ranks at number 312. This is the highest it has been in years, as from 2007 to 2019, the name was a top 300 option.

Great middle names for Delaney and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Delaney:

  • Delaney McEvoy (character in “Inhuman”)
  • Delaney (title character of song “Delaney”)
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