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in the U.S.
since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Delany

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D is for dashing, the romantic you!

E is for excite, your spirit is catching!

L is for loyalty, that you show.

A is for appreciative, of all you have

N is for natural, the genuine side of you.

Y is for yearn, your innermost desires.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Delany

Dana Delany is an actress and producer. She has been prominent since 1974. Dana was given the name Dana Welles Delany on March 13th, 1956 in New York City.


Samuel R. Delany is a science fiction, fantasy, autobiography, creative nonfiction, erotic literature, literary criticism, and new wave science fiction writer, editor, professor, literary critic, and literary criticism. His ongoing career started in 1962. Samuel was given the name Samuel Ray Delany, Jr. on April 1st, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA. Samuel is also known as Kermit, S. L. (pseud.); Steiner, and K. Leslie (pseud.).


Martin R. Delany is a military person. His military service ended in 1865.


Hadley Delany is an actress. She was most prominent from 2010 to present. Hadley was born in New York, United States.


Ron Delany is an athlete. Ron was born on March 6th, 1935 in Arklow, Ireland.


Sarah Louise Delany was an educator, author, and activist. Sarah was born on September 19th, 1889 in Lynch's Station, Campbell County, Virginia, U.S. Sarah is also known as Sadie Delany. She died on January 25th, 1999.


How popular is the baby name Delany in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1990 12 12 0
1991 9 9 0
1992 9 9 0
1993 13 13 0
1994 15 15 0
1995 31 31 0
1996 20 20 0
1997 25 25 0
1998 20 20 0
1999 21 21 0
2000 25 25 0
2001 30 30 0
2002 44 44 0
2003 39 39 0
2004 46 46 0
2005 37 37 0
2006 33 33 0
2007 38 38 0
2008 52 52 0
2009 47 47 0
2010 54 54 0
2011 38 38 0
2012 49 49 0
2013 37 37 0
2014 43 43 0
2015 53 53 0
2016 57 57 0
2017 51 51 0
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Delany

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United States

Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Delany as a first name

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Popularity of Delany as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Delany U.S.
  White 85.59% 64.26%
  African American 5.40% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.84% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.37% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.14% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.66% 16.26%

Of Last Name Delany

People with the last name Delany are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Delany

  • How Popular is the name Delany? Delany is the 10,937th most popular name of all time. As a last name Delany was the 15,363rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Delany have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 948 babies born with the first name Delany in the United States. That's more than enough people named Delany to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Delany? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1990 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • When was Delany first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Delany is Saturday, May 8th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Delany born? The highest recorded use of the first name Delany was in 2016 with a total of 57 babies.
  • Random Delany Factoid: According to the 2003 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Delany is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2003.
  • Weird things about the name Delany: Your name in reverse order is Ynaled. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eynadl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Delany? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,909 people with the last name Delany.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Delany? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Delany as their last name since less than 1 person in 154k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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