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Delaney - Name Meaning, Origin & Popularity

Spelling of Delaney
D-E-L-A-N-E-Y, is a 7-letter male given name.
Pronunciation of Delaney
deh LAYN ee
Meaning of Delaney
Son of the challenger, from the alder grove, descendant of the challenger.
Origin of Delaney
The name 'Delaney' has its origins in Ireland. It is derived from the Irish surname Ó Dubhshláine, which translates to 'descendant of Dubhshláine'. The prefix 'Ó' signifies 'descendant of', while 'Dubhshláine' is a combination of the Gaelic words 'dubh', meaning 'dark' or 'black', and 'sláine', meaning 'challenge' or 'defiance.'
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Popularity of Delaney
The popularity of the name 'Delaney' has been steadily increasing over the years. In the United States, it first appeared on the popularity charts in the 1990s and has been rising in usage ever since. It reached its peak popularity in 2018 when it ranked as the 251st most popular name for boys.
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Etymology of Delaney

The name 'Delaney' combines the elements 'Dubh' and 'sláine'. The word 'Dubh' refers to darkness or blackness, while 'sláine' signifies challenge or defiance. When combined, the name can be interpreted as 'dark defiance' or 'challenging darkness.'

Cultural Significance of Delaney

In Irish culture, surnames are often passed down through generations, representing a sense of family heritage and pride. The surname Ó Dubhshláine, from which the name 'Delaney' is derived, carries historical significance and represents a connection to Irish ancestry.